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R. Merrill Hunter, MD, FACS
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R. Merrill Hunter, MD, FACS

Dr. Hunter was born in Sanford, North Carolina and received his Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University where he remains an avid Wolfpack supporter. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University. Dr. Hunter completed his internship and general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Hospital, where he served as chief surgical resident from 1982-1983. He then completed his cardiothoracic surgery residency at Emory University Hospital, serving as chief cardiothoracic resident from 1984-1985.

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Upon completion of his cardiothoracic training at Emory, Dr. Hunter joined Carolina Cardiovascular Surgical Associates. He is currently chief of the section of cardiothoracic surgery at Wake Medical Center. He practices all aspects of adult cardiac and thoracic surgery at both Wake Medical Center and Rex Hospital. In addition, Dr. Hunter performs carotid surgery and is certified in using the DaVinci surgical robot.

Dr. Hunter is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American College of Cardiology and the H. William Scott, Jr. Surgical Society.

Dr. Hunter and his wife, Marilyn, have four children.



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