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Lori Lilley, MD, FACS

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WakeMed Physician Practices – General Surgery
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General & Bariatric Surgery - North Raleigh
10010 Falls of Neuse Road
WakeMed North Hospital Physicians Office Pavilion,Suite 302
Raleigh, NC 27614
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Office Location
General & Bariatric Surgery - Cary
208 Ashville Avenue
Medical Park of Cary, Suite 14
Cary, NC 27518
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Office Location
General & Bariatric Surgery - East Raleigh
3024 New Bern Avenue
WakeMed Raleigh Campus Andrews Center, Suite 102
Raleigh, NC 27610
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Breast surgery and geriatrics.
Undergraduate Degree
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
American Board of Surgery
Professional Memberships
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the UNC School of Medicine

Dr. Lori Lilley is board certified in general surgery and advanced trauma life support, and her clinical interests are breast surgery and geriatrics. Dr. Lilley heads our Breast Services Program at WakeMed.

Education and Training

She received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and completed her internship in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and her residency in general surgery at UNC School of Medicine. She also received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Lilley is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the UNC School of Medicine. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Nathan A. Womack Surgical Society, American Breast Disease Society, The American Society of Breast Surgeons, and The North Carolina Medical Society.

Breast Surgery

One of Dr. Lilley's special interests is breast surgery, which is used to explore shadows, spots or tumors that may show up on mammograms or other scans to determine whether they are cancerous.

She is the lead physician in WakeMed's Breast Services Program, now offering same or next day appointments.

Call 919-350-PINK (7465) for more information.

There are many types of breast cancer surgery, and Dr. Lilley uses her advanced skills and experience to help you decide which is best for you. The types differ in the amount of tissue that is removed with the tumor, and much of that will depend on what the tumor looks like and whether it appears to have spread. It also will depend, to large extent, on your personal feelings, so it's important that you approach your options for breast surgery and treatment in partnership with Dr. Lilley.

Some types of breast cancer surgery include:

  • Lumpectomy
  • Partial or Segmental Mastectomy or Quadrantectomy
  • Total Mastectomy
  • Modified Radical Mastectomy
  • Radical Mastectomy


While many elderly patients need the same types of surgeries as other adults-gallbladder, stomach and bowel surgeries, most frequently-treating geriatric patients requires different skills and knowledge. Older patients often have other complications, such as pulmonary and cardiac (heart-related) issues, and their aging bodies may respond differently to medications. Other factors to consider when operating on geriatric patients include their ability to move around or take care of themselves after surgery.

Some of the more common types of surgeries on geriatric patients involve infections, malignancy or obstruction in the gastrointestinal or urinary tracts, ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids, and fractures.

Dr. Lilley understands that the process of aging is different in each person, and she will tailor your treatment and surgical options to your body and your needs.

Honors and Rewards
2017 & 2018 PRC Excellence in Healthcare Award for excellent care and service to patients
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