Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Department of General Surgery

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Wake Forest University Medical Center
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157
Phone: 336.716.4241
Fax: 336.716.5414
Email Address: Surgeryinfo@wfubmc.edu

Wake Forest School of Medicine and North Carolina Baptist Hospital, the major clinical teaching unit, comprise Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC). Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is a tertiary care facility, and it incorporates 1,187 acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation and long-term beds and services serving patients from North Carolina and southwestern Virginia as well as well patients from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and several foreign countries.

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is home to some of the nations top doctors, according to “Best Doctors in America” 2007 and “America’s Top Doctors” lists. Wake Forest Baptist was also listed as one of America’s best hospitals in U.S. News & World Report 2007, it has won the Consumer Choice Award, and it was named among “44 Top Cardiac Centers for Women” in America by Good Housekeeping Magazine.

Established in 1941, the department of surgery is part of the Division of Surgical Sciences. Including the department of surgery, there are more than a dozen surgical sciences departments including: cardiothoracic surgery, emergency medicine, hypertension and vascular disease, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, otorlaryngology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, urology, vascular surgery, and research. The department of surgery provides surgical services for the medical school, the residency program, the trauma center, and the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University.

The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University has more than 120 clinicians specializing in just about every area and all aspects of cancer. It also offers more than 200 cancer-related clinical trials. While the cancer center treats all types of cancer, its areas of special focus are lung cancer treatment, abdominal cancer, brain cancer treatment, breast cancer, and brain cancer Brachytherapy.

The multidisciplinary thoracic oncology clinic at Wake Forest Baptist offers the latest options for patients with malignancies of the chest, including carcinoid tumor, thymoma, as well as pioneering mesothelioma treatment plans. Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University is the only cancer center in the state of North Carolina to offer extracranial stereotactic body radiosurgery – the equivalent of six weeks of radiation therapy delivered in just two weeks, and the center’s thoracic oncology program is actively involved in all aspects of lung cancer treatment ranging from innovative treatments to research to teaching. In fact, two Wake Forest Baptist research projects were named top breakthroughs of the year by Discover Magazine, Popular Science, and Popular Mechanics.