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CarolinaEast Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery consists of three cardiovascular surgeons: Dr. Michael E. Halligan, Dr. Piotr Dumicz and Dr. Victor Kim. Our physicians perform all types of cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery and also specialize in Total Vein Care. See the Services section below to learn more about various surgical treatments offered. CarolinaEast Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery is located in New Bern, NC and our physicians perform most of their surgeries in state-of-the-art operating rooms at CarolinaEast Medical Center.


Our highly skilled cardiovascular surgeons perform all aspects of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular surgery. Before, during and after surgery, our patients are cared for by our team of well-trained nurses, perfusionists and other medical professionals in close collaboration with cardiologists, pulmonologists, oncologists and other specialists in Internal Medicine. Immediately after surgery, most of our patients are cared for in the Cardiovascular ICU and, subsequently, in the Cardiovascular Intermediate Care Unit.

We perform a broad range of surgical procedures:

Full range of Adult Cardiac Surgery including:

  • On- and off-Pump (on the beating heart) coronary artery bypass
  • Minimally Invasive Direct Coronary Artery Bypass (MIDCAB)
  • Minimally Invasive Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Atrial Fibrillation Surgery (MAZE procedure)
  • Pacemaker Placement including minimally invasive (VATS) epicardial pacing leads placement

Full range of Adult Thoracic Surgery including:

  • Aortic Aneurysm Surgery (both open aneurysm repair and minimally invasive endovascular stent placement)
  • Transhiatal and Ivor-Lewis Esophagectomy for Esophageal Cancer
  • Lung Cancer Surgery including Thoracoscopic (VATS) and Robotic Minimally invasive Lobectomy for Lung Cancer

Full range of Peripheral Vascular Surgery including:

  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Lower Extremity Bypass Surgery
  • Open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Minimally invasive Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Dialysis Access Placement
  • Peripheral Vascular Angioplasty and Stenting
A surgeon in scrubs at work

Comprehensive Vein Center

Superficial venous insufficiency of lower extremities is the most common of all venous diseases - 80 million Americans have it. Clinically, it presents in the form of varicose veins - 25-50 million Americans suffer from varicose veins. Patients present with a wide range of complaints including leg swelling, itching, burning, chronic pain and fatigue, cellulitis, recurrent leg ulcers or just visual deformities of lower extremities. As "baby boomers" age, incidence is expected to rise dramatically. Common varicose veins so frequently neglected or overlooked by most physicians, can and do cause a significant physical handicap and financial burden.

We perform a broad range of surgical procedures on varicose veins including:

  • Radiofrequency ablation of greater and lesser saphenous veins
    • Radiofrequency ablation of perforating veins
    • Stab phlebectomy
    • Sclerotherapy of spider veins, etc.

Traditionally, patients diagnosed with varicose veins would undergo vein stripping surgery. Now, patients can be treated with our Radiofrequency Ablation procedure - a minimally invasive alternative to painful vein stripping surgery. Radiofrequency ablation is performed on an outpatient basis. Using ultrasound, our physicians will position the radiofrequency catheter into the diseased vein, through a small opening in the skin. The tiny catheter delivers radiofrequency energy to the vein wall. As the energy is delivered and the catheter is withdrawn, the vein wall is heated causing the collagen in the wall to shrink and the vein to close.

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