Charles D. Harr MD, Thoracic Surgeon with WakeMed Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

Get to know Thoracic Surgeon Dr. Charles D. Harr, who serves the population of North Carolina.

Dr. Charles D. Harr is a cardiothoracic surgeon at WakeMed Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery. Additionally he is affiliated with WakeMed Cary Hospital and WakeMed Raleigh Campus.
With over 30 years in practice, Dr. Charles D. Harr is acknowledged as one of North Carolina’s foremost experts in his field. He commenced his career at the medical school of Wake Forest University, graduating from there in 1984. He remained in Winston Salem to undertake an internship at North Carolina Baptist Hospital in 1984. This was followed by a residency and fellowship at the same hospital, before he entered into private practice in 1991.

Dr. Harr retired rear admiral of the United States Navy with more than 23 years of service to this country. He served as a rear admiral of the U.S. Navy and was a recognized medical expert among his military colleagues, performing general, thoracic, vascular and trauma surgery for soldiers both on and off the battlefield. Relied upon for his strategic vision and medical and professional expertise, Dr. Harr was chosen to serve in various leadership positions for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps. Awards such as the Legion of Merit, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the National Defense Service Medal were all bestowed upon Dr. Harr and help illustrate his successful military career as well as his commitment to service and professional excellence.

Dr. Harr is certified by the American Board of Surgery American Board of Thoracic Surgery. TO stay up to date in his field, he remains a professional member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, General Thoracic Surgical Club, Southern Thoracic Association, and the North Carolina Surgical Association.
Dr. Harr has experience of treating a wide range of conditions. They include lung cancer, abdominal aortic aneurysms, heart disease, pericardial disease, pulmonary embolism, and thrombosis. He is most known, however, as an expert in congenital cardiac surgery, referred to as thoracic surgery, and vascular surgery. Procedures commonly carried out by Dr. Harr range from biopsies and heart bypass surgery, to thoracoscopy, abdominal surgery, and lung removal.

Dr. Harr’s philosophy is based upon using the most current and up to date technology and surgical techniques at a multidisciplinary level to provide outstanding care for diseases of the lungs, heart, aorta, esophagus and arterial system. 

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