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B. Todd Heniford, MD, FACS B. Todd Heniford, MD, FACS
Co-Director, Carolinas Hernia Center
Chief, Minimal Access Surgery

Dr. Heniford, originally from the Carolinas, is an honor graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina. He performed his residency and a surgical research fellowship at the University of Louisville. He remained on the faculty there in the Department of Surgery until moving to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

At the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Heniford completed a minimally invasive surgery fellowship and joined the faculty in the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery. He moved to Carolinas Medical Center in 1998 where he established and continues to serve as Co-Director for the Carolinas Laparoscopic and Advanced Surgery Program. His interests revolve around esophageal, solid organ and colonic surgery, hernias and biomaterials and cancer. Dr. Heniford has written numerous papers in these areas and has coauthored two textbooks, Minimally Invasive Cancer Management and Problems in Surgery-Abdominal Hernias. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the American Hernia Society and the Board of Directors of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. Find Dr. Heniford on PubMed

Stanley B. Getz, Jr., MD, FACS Stanley B. Getz, Jr., MD, FACS
Chairman, Carolinas Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery
Co-Director, Carolinas Hernia Center
Associate Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Stanley B. Getz, MD, is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he was elected to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Getz was awarded a Navy Scholarship and completed his general surgery residency at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA. He completed his plastic surgery residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School and returned to Portsmouth Naval Hospital as staff plastic surgeon for six years. During that time, he was instrumental in establishing a reconstructive microvascular surgical service.

Following seven months service with Fleet Hospital 5 in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm, Dr. Getz left the Navy as Commander and began work as Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery with the full-time faculty of Eastern Virginia Medical School for three years. Currently, Dr. Getz is chairman of Carolinas Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery at Carolinas Medical Center. Board certified by the American Board of General Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Getz is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. He has been actively involved in medical missions to the Philippines, Syria and Panama. His special interests include traumatic craniofacial, microvascular reconstruction and abdominal wall reconstruction. Find Dr. Getz on PubMed

Kent W. Kercher, MD, FACS Kent W. Kercher, MD, FACS
Co-Director, Carolinas Hernia Center
Co-Director, Carolinas Laparoscopic and Advanced Surgery Program

Dr. Kercher is a North Carolina native and a cum laude graduate of Davidson College. He obtained his doctorate of medicine with distinction from the University of North Carolina prior to completing his general surgery training at Carolinas Medical Center in 1999. After completing fellowship training in minimally invasive surgery at the University of Massachusetts, he joined the Department of General Surgery faculty at Carolinas Medical Center in August 2000. He currently serves as co-director of Carolinas Laparoscopic and Advanced Surgery Program (CLASP).

Dr. Kercher's primary clinical focus includes minimally invasive solid organ, gastrointestinal and hernia surgery, as well as hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery. In addition to directing the laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy program within the Department of Transplantation, he has a particular interest in laparoscopic nephrectomy for benign and malignant kidney diseases. The refinement of techniques for minimally-invasive hernia repair, as well as basic science research in the use of biomaterials for hernia repair, remain important areas of focus for the CLASP faculty. Find Dr. Kercher on PubMed

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