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Bryon James Boulton, MD, FACS

Bryon James Boulton, MD, FACS

Cardiovascular Surgery, Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Atrial Fibrillation, CABG Procedures, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Mitral Valve Repair, Structural Heart, TAVR Procedures

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Heart & Vascular - Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery - Raleigh Campus

WakeMed Heart Center
3000 New Bern Avenue, Suite 1100
Raleigh , NC 27610

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8:00am - 4:30pm
8:00am - 4:30pm
8:00am - 4:30pm
8:00am - 11:00am
8:00am - 4:30pm
Heart & Vascular - Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery - Raleigh Campus

WakeMed Raleigh Campus

3000 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh , NC 27610

Heart & Vascular - Structural Heart - Raleigh Campus

WakeMed Heart Center
3000 New Bern Avenue, Suite 1200
Raleigh , NC 27610

View hours
8:00am - 4:30pm
8:00am - 4:30pm
8:00am - 4:30pm
8:00am - 4:30pm
8:00am - 4:30pm
Heart & Vascular - Structural Heart - Raleigh Campus

About Me

As a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon and the surgical director of the WakeMed Structural Heart Program, Dr. Bryon Boulton brings to WakeMed Heart & Vascular Physicians unique surgical expertise with transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, robotic cardiac surgery and hybrid revascularization, mitral valve repair, thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR), and aortic aneurysm repair; as well as the full complement of general thoracic services.

Dr. Boulton also performs minimally invasive atrial fibrillation surgery, adult congenital heart surgery including anomalous coronary artery repair, and pulmonary valve replacements, and he co-leads the structural heart team that uses the MitraClip percutaneous mitral valve repair device.

An award-winning researcher, Dr. Boulton is the co-author of several articles and book chapters that have been published in prestigious medical publications. He was honored by the Triangle Business Journal as a 2015 40 Under 40 award recipient for his expertise in TAVR and various other accomplishments. Dr. Boulton was also a 2015 Vitals Patients’ Choice Award winner.

Dr. Boulton feels fortunate to be part of the team at WakeMed because of the way in which our doctors and specialists collaborate to provide the highest quality of patient care as well as this organization’s commitment to innovation, technology, and serving people from all walks of life.

"At WakeMed, the needs of our patients always come first,” said Dr. Boulton. “And as surgeons, our goal is to provide world-class surgical services available right here in Wake County.”

Patients can always expect that Dr. Boulton will take the time to educate them on their disease process, ease their anxieties and fears, and thoroughly discuss their surgery as well as expectations for recovery. He is also very supportive of family involvement and makes it a priority to engage family members while providing patient care.

Dr. Boulton and his wife Stacy, who is also a physician at WakeMed, have four sons that keep them both very active. In addition to coaching his boys’ soccer teams, Dr. Boulton is an avid cyclist. The Boulton family is very active with their church and enjoys traveling overseas to participate in medical mission trips including recent surgical mission work with Tenwek Hospital in Kenya.


University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Emory University

Medical School:
University of Cincinnati – College of Medicine

Miami University of Ohio

The University Hospital/University of Cincinnati – College of Medicine

Board Certifications

Thoracic Surgery, American Board of Internal Medicine

Provider Ratings

5 out of 5

(96 ratings)

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

46 Reviews


I was able to ask any questions for my understanding.


He took the time to show me some things in my CT scans.


Dr. Boulton and his Staff are kind, empathetic, concerned about my well-being and answered all my questions. I am sorry that I will not be seeing them, again.


Dr. Boulton made sure all my questions were answered, and he did not rush through any explanations.


Yes. Dr did explain why there is no alternative but surgery.


Doctor's personality. Related well to myself and my son who was with me.


The people


I feel I was blessed and fortunate to have Dr Boulton as my surgeon . My recent echocardiogram showed that the results of my surgery exceeded initial expectations. This is a result of Dr.Boulton’s special gifted skill and talent. I cannot imagine the hours upon hours of study and plain hard work Dr . Boulton persevered through to develop his skills that only he possesses. I realize that I am the direct beneficiary of his lifetime commitment to medicine and commitment to his patients. Thank you Dr. Bolton.Thank you seems inadequate to express my gratitude for your improving the quality of my health and lifestyle but I am eternally grateful.


He has a great bed side manner Explaining things taking his time and had a good personality Our first time meeting him and felt comfortable and confident in his abilities


everything was outstanding as usual.


Dr. Boulton was very thorough in explaining my need for surgery, what benefits I might have as a result, and what to expect in recovery.


Boulton and his team are the best. I’m betting my life on them.


Dr. Boulton is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of my recovery from the heart surgery he performed. He really took his time explaining exactly what is happening in my healing process and how we were going to address some medical concerns that have come up. I felt comforted by his depth in explanation as well as how he was reassuring to me when I was experiencing some anxiety. He is a wonderful surgeon and feel very lucky to have had him care for me.


They are fantastic. Dr Boulton saved my life! Best medical care anywhere!


Everything during my visit was outstanding and excellent


The building is beatiful, clean and inviting. All staff are welcoming and caring.


I would rate Dr. Boulton oustanding. You didn't ask, but I would rate Dr. Wood as outstanding also, even though I just met her. Overall, everyone I met with knew exactly what they were doing.




Dr Boulton is a excellent Surgeon. It is no doubt he saved my life. The entire staff was outstanding.


The staff was very courteous and friendly. I was very impressed with Dr. Bolton. He is very knowledgeable and very easy to talk to.


Dr Boulton was very thorough and did not rush our video visit. He answered all questions. Dr Boulton himself called a week later to check on me and to see if I had made a decision on having my heart surgery there. He took some more of his time to answer additional questions that I had. Couldn’t be more pleased with him so far. Planning to schedule an in person visit in the near future.


The staff communication and coordination is absolutely awesome.


Ready and prepared for surgery.


Dr Boulton is one the best Dr I have ever known.


Doctors showed concern in providing the best outcome for me. And scheduled the surgery quickly.




Lynn [ ] did an excellent job in scheduling my appointment and coordinating activities at Wake Med. She maximized my time at the facility.


The team members obviously had worked together and new my past surgical history.


Positive attitude and responsiveness to my needs.


Dr. Boulton took 90 minutes to listen to me and explain why I need help. His respect for my fears caused me to be at ease.


everything was great


I received excellent care from Wake Med and could not ask for a better physician than Dr Bolton! Everyone I was in contact with were kind and caring for my well being. God bless all


very good


The entire experience was outstanding


I received excellent care from my surgeon - Hospital Doctors and nurses - everyone was so caring - can’t say enough about the wonderful care I received by all!


Listening to my concerns and then explaining recommendations


Everyone treated me with respect and were very friendly. They explained everything to me so I could understand .


Outstanding care and service. Well worth the 1 drive to Raleigh.


I feel I was listened to and a plan for treatment was agreed upon. I am very happy that I am finally getting help. I was very frustrated prior to finding Wakd Med and Dr. Boulton.


The receiving nurse is very friendly while handling the vitals. Dr Boulton has a great demeaner, I am very comfortable talking with him.


The care and concern that Dr Boulton showed us. He is an excellent surgeon.


Dr Bolton made me feel that he was very concerned about me. I appreciated that because I was very nervous.


Everything about the whole process from the initial contact via phone, follow-up phone calls gathering needed information, the on-site visit with Dr. Boulton and the timely scheduling of my surgery. All of it was excellent. Very impressed with the service I received.


Every thing was just fine, Excellent.


Dr. Boulton is a fantastic individual and I am one of his oldest patients - we both look forward to our time to talk about my care…I owe my life and ability to be part of my own care team and thus coming up on my 10 year anniversary next week and because of the this team of which I and Dr. Boulton are on the board of directors ??


direct and too the point.