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Dr. Terry Lowry named Surgeon of the Year

Cardiovascular/thoracic Surgeon Dr. Terry Lowry has been named Surgeon of the Year by Surgical Products magazine. He is affiliated with Duke Cardiovascular Surgery Associates of Lumberton and Southeastern Heart Center, which is managed by Duke Medicine and located on the campus of Southeastern Regional Medical Center. Dr. Lowry is featured on the cover of the January/February 2012 issue along with three other honorees.

In the magazine article, Lowry is quoted as saying, “If you set your goals high and have the work ethic to do what is necessary to achieve those goals, then anything is possible. Don’t let others determine your fate.” (Surgical Products Magazine, Jan./Feb. 2012, page 18)

The magazine also featured comments from Lowry’s nomination forms, which were submitted by employees of Southeastern Heart Center where Lowry performs surgery. “Dr. Lowry is a very unique surgeon in that he takes care of his patients long past discharge. He is extremely caring and knows his patients personally” wrote one individual.

A native of the Prospect community, Lowry and his wife, Paula, who grew up in Pembroke,  returned to Robeson County in May 2006. They have three children, Justin, Teri Nichole and Jason. Lowry was the first cardiovascular/thoracic surgeon to become affiliated with the Southeatern Heart Center, the first open-heart surgery program in Robeson County.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Lowry earned a medical degree, graduating with highest honors, from the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 1996. He then worked in research for two years at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, N.Y., before completing a surgical residency there in 2003. Dr. Lowry also completed his cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at the University of Rochester in June 2005. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.  Dr. Lowry, a member of the Duke faculty, received additional training at Duke prior to the opening of the Southeatern Heart Center in Lumberton in May 2006.

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