Published on August 10, 2015

Triangle East Surgery Joins Rex Surgical Specialists, UNC Health Care

Surgeons will Remain with Practice, with Locations in Smithfield and Clayton

RALEIGH, NC – Triangle East Surgery, a highly regarded surgical practice serving patients at Johnston Health, is joining forces with Rex Surgical Specialists, a team of surgeons affiliated with Rex Healthcare and UNC Health Care.

As part of the integration, the practice will change its name to Rex Triangle East Surgery as of Aug. 9. Triangle East currently specializes in general surgery, breast, thyroid, vascular and colon and rectal surgeries, as well as various laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures. The partnership will enable the practice to expand the surgical services available to support the evolving health needs of Johnston County, one of the state’s fastest-growing regions.

Drs. Dennis Koffer, James Collins, Thomas Powell and Jeri Dickinson will remain with the practice, and the office locations in Smithfield and Clayton will stay the same. The surgeons will continue to perform a wide range of surgeries at Johnston Health’s hospitals in Smithfield and Clayton. Johnston Health became part of UNC Health Care in 2013 and opened its Clayton hospital in January.

“Our integration with Rex Surgical Specialists and UNC Health Care is an exciting evolution for surgical services in our community,” said Dr. Koffer. “Johnston County is changing rapidly, and we look forward to providing much-needed care for all residents for many years to come.” Patients of Rex Triangle East Surgery will continue to receive the same excellent medical care at the same Johnston Health locations that they have been receiving for more than 30 years, now with additional access to leading research, technology and specialists offered by Rex Healthcare and UNC Health Care.

“Triangle East Surgery has a long reputation for outstanding care. We are fortunate to have them join our group,” said Rex Surgical Specialists’ chairman, Dr. Jerry A. Stirman. “By continuing expanding our practice into other areas, we are able to better serve our patients closer to home. Our goal is that mutually beneficial relationships between Rex and private practices will continue to increase and provide a greater level of service to the community.”

“This coordinated approach provides more opportunities for our team to engage in patient care,” Stirman said. “We are excited to collaborate with providers across the region to enhance the care we provide patients.”

Joining Rex Surgical Specialists provides Triangle East Surgery access to a robust network of operational support services, Rex and UNC Health Care electronic medical records system, and more.

For more information about Rex Triangle East Surgery, or to schedule an appointment, please call (919) 934-5441 for the Smithfield office and (919) 550-2829 for the Clayton office. For more information about Rex Surgical Specialists, visit or call (919) 784-7874.