Cold and Flu Season Can Be a Monster

Flu & Cold Season Can Be A Monster

Flu is prevalent in our community right now. Visit our Flu Resource Center to learn about flu prevention, signs and symptoms, and help us protect our patients, families and staff from RSV and the flu by following these visitation restrictions.

  • No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed in patient care areas.
  • Please do not visit patients if you are experiencing fever, vomiting, diarrhea or cold or flu-like symptoms.

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Practice Name
WakeMed Heart & Vascular – Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
Primary Address
Heart & Vascular - Heart Center
3000 New Bern Ave., Suite 1100
Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
Raleigh, NC 27610
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American Board of Thoracic Surgeons
Coronary Artery Disease, Angina, Aortic Stenosis or Insufficiency, Valvular Disease and TIA Symptoms
Medical School
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Emory University Hospital, Cardiothoracic Surgery & Vanderbilt University Hospital, General Surgery
Undergraduate Degree
North Carolina State University
Vanderbilt University Hospital

Patient Care Philosophy
I am committed to providing the very best medical care and support for my patients. I also take the team approach when providing patient care; my patients and I work together to meet the common goal of improving their health both physically and mentally.
Physician Bio

As chief of cardiovascular surgery at WakeMed, Dr. R. Merrill Hunter specializes in adult cardiovascular surgical procedures including coronary artery bypass graft surgery, adult heart valve procedures, mini aortic valve replacements and surgery on the carotid arteries. Patients commonly come to him when dealing with coronary artery disease, angina, aortic stenosis or insufficiency, valvular disease and TIA symptoms.

Born and raised in Sanford, N.C., Dr. Hunter always felt strongly about having a purpose in life and knew that he could fulfill this desire through a career medicine. Upon completion of his cardiothoracic training at Emory University, where he served as chief cardiothoracic resident from 1984-1985, Dr. Hunter joined the WakeMed Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery practice. He continues to be impressed with this organization’s commitment to excellence and innovation in health care as well as the dedication to providing patients with the highest quality care. Dr. Hunter enjoys getting to know each of his patients as individuals, taking the time to hear their stories, learn their backgrounds and answer their questions when providing care.

Married for more than 40 years, Dr. Hunter and his wife have four children. In his spare time, Dr. Hunter enjoys surf fishing on the North Carolina coast and is an avid fan of the North Carolina State University Wolfpack, including the school’s baseball, basketball and football teams.

Professional Memberships
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
Fellow, American College of Cardiology
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
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