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Published on March 01, 2017

Dr. “Bucky” Wilson Honored for Service to Cardiac Care

Cone Health names a symposium keynote and establishes an education fund to honor the man who values learning.

Cone Health brings together leading cardiovascular specialists from across

Dr. Charles Wilson

the country for the annual Cone Health Heart and Vascular Symposium. The keynote address of the effort highlighting the latest in heart care will be called the Charles M. Wilson Keynote Lecture. It has been named in honor of noted heart surgeon Charles Wilson. A clinical education fund has also been established to recognize the man who played a major role in the Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center’s rise to national prominence.

“Dr. Wilson’s years of dedication and service have contributed to Cone Health’s Heart and Vascular program being recognized among the very top cardiovascular programs in the nation,” said Cone Health CEO Terry Akin. “Dr. Wilson was a pioneer of physician leadership in health care systems. He was a big part of attracting some of the best and brightest cardiovascular surgeons to our community. For many years, he was the cornerstone of our cardiovascular surgery program. Even today, you meet people in the community that are ever grateful for his care.”

Charles “Bucky” Wilson, MD, came to Greensboro from Vanderbilt University in 1981. He served as director of Cone Health’s cardiovascular surgery program in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1999, Wilson became one of the first physicians hired into a leadership role at Cone Health. Wilson directed innovations in a wide variety of areas including speeding care for heart attack patients. Most recently, he led Cone Health’s office of research support and served as chairman of the Cone Health Institutional Review Board. The board oversees medical research across Cone Health. The clinical education fund honors that quest for knowledge by providing annual educational support to Cone Health clinical staff and will support program development needs related to cardiothoracic surgery.

"I think it is safe to say that Dr. Wilson was one of the finest cardiac surgeons North Carolina has ever seen,” said Tom Stuckey, MD, medical director of Cone Health’s LeBauer-Brodie Center for Cardiovascular Research and Education. “We all experienced firsthand how the quality of his work impacted positively the lives of our patients. He continued after his surgical career to contribute to our program in so many important ways.”

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