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Rex Healthcare Expands Physician Network with New Heart and Vascular, Surgical, Specialists

August 29, 2012

Contact: Alan M. Wolf
(919) 784-4467

RALEIGH, N.C. – Rex Healthcare announced that four specialty physicians are joining its team of surgical and cardiovascular practices, expanding the expertise available to patients across Wake County and beyond.

The new additions include Ben Walker, M.D., and James G. Jollis, M.D., F.A.C.C., with Rex Heart & Vascular Specialists; Dorian deFreitas, M.D., with Rex Vascular Surgical Specialists; and Matthew J. Strouch, M.D., with Rex Surgical Specialists.

“We’re pleased to have attracted new physicians who share our desire for excellence and service to the community,” said Steve Burriss, chief operating officer at Rex. “The addition of Drs. Walker, deFreitas, Strouch and Jollis allows us to continue to provide the highest quality care to patients throughout the Triangle.”

  • Ben Walker, M.D.: Dr. Walker joined the cardiologists at Rex Heart & Vascular Specialists this month. Dr. Walker earned bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and biological sciences from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. He earned his medical degree at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, fulfilled his residency at Emory University in Atlanta and completed his fellowship in cardiovascular disease at UNC Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. Dr. Walker is a member of the American College of Cardiology, Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and the N.C. Medical Society.
  • James G. Jollis, M.D., F.A.C.C.: Dr. Jollis will join Rex Heart & Vascular Specialists in September. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Jollis is a Fellow with the American College of Cardiology.
  • Dorian deFreitas, M.D.: Dr. deFreitas joins Rex Vascular Surgical Specialists and the Rex Comprehensive Vein Center. He is a fellowship-trained vascular surgeon with additional training in endovascular therapy. Dr. deFreitas graduated from medical school at National University of Ireland, Galway and completed his internship at University College Hospital Galway. He was a surgical resident at East Carolina University and a cardiovascular research fellow at East Carolina Cardiovascular Institute before completing a fellowship in vascular surgery and endovascular therapy at Emory University Hospital. Dr. deFreitas is a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, the Peripheral Vascular Surgical Society, American College of Surgeons and American Medical Association.
  • Matthew J. Strouch, M.D.: Dr. Strouch is a fellowship-trained colon and rectal surgeon who has joined Rex Surgical Specialists with a focus on minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Strouch graduated with honors from Washington University and attended Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern
    University and a fellowship at the Washington University Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Dr. Strouch is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Cancer Research, and the Association of Academic Surgeons. Dr. Strouch will see patients at the Raleigh and Wakefield Rex Surgical Specialist locations.

About Rex Healthcare

Rex Healthcare, a member of UNC Health Care, is a private, not-for-profit health care system with more than 5,300 co-workers. Rex Healthcare has 660 beds (433 general acute beds and 227 skilled nursing) and treats nearly 34,000 inpatients each year. Rex offers dedicated centers for cancer, surgery, heart and vascular, post-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing care, wellness and women’s care plus dedicated services for bariatric, heartburn, pain management, sleep disorders, diabetes education, wound and emergency care. Rex’s medical staff includes more than 1,100 physicians and 1,700 nurses. Rex provides various health care services throughout Wake County with facilities in Apex, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Wakefield and downtown Raleigh. Rex was the first hospital in the Triangle to receive Magnet Recognition, placing Rex nurses among the top 6 percent in the nation. Rex was named one of the top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2008, 2009 and 2011, and was highlighted as one of the Top 50 Hospitals in the U.S. by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2011.