Edgerton, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon with FirstHealth’s
Reid Heart Center, has been named Moore Regional
Hospital’s 2013 Physician of the Year. He
is shown with Karen Robeano, R.N., DNP, Moore Regional’s
chief nursing officer, who made the award presentation
during the May meeting of the hospital’s
PINEHURST – When Art Edgerton, M.D., was thinking
of leaving his established Charlotte-area surgical practice
for the new Reid Heart Center, he contacted FirstHealth’s
chief medical officer, an acquaintance since both were
Wake Forest medical students.
In addition to speaking to John Krahnert, M.D., Dr.
Edgerton also “sought the counsel” of his
son, Colston, then a first-year medical student at Wake
Both conversations ultimately had an impact on his decision
to come to Pinehurst, but a comment from his son proved
especially insightful. “Dad,” the young
man said, “this sounds like just the kind of practice
you’ve been looking for.”
Dr. Edgerton joined the FirstHealth
Cardiovascular & ThoracicCenter in the fall of 2010.
This month, he was named Moore Regional’s 2013
Physician of the Year.
“I feel extremely humbled and honored,” he
Nominations for the Physician of the Year Award come
from members of the hospital’s clinical staff who
also make the final selection. One of the nurses who
nominated Dr. Edgerton called him “the most kind
and understanding doctor in this hospital.” Other
nurses noted his respect for the nursing staff and the
above-and-beyond care that always includes personal time
with his patients and their families.
“(Nurses) feel appreciated and respected for our
part in the patient’s recovery,” said one
“Dr. Edgerton interacts with sincere concern and
caring for all his patients and their families,” said
another. “He allows them adequate time to ask questions – (he
is) not intimidating but very approachable.”
Another nomination described Dr. Edgerton’s gifts
as an educator. “Dr. Edgerton is always willing
to share his knowledge and willingly offers explanations
concerning the patient’s plan of care,” the
letter said. “He promotes a team effort attitude
that overall is a plus for our patients…one purpose – care
for our patients to help them return to the best health
they can be in.”
Every comment seems to confirm Dr. Edgerton’s
team-approach philosophy of patient care, especially
the care of patients dealing with the unique experience
of heart or lung surgery.
“From Admissions to Housekeeping, it’s a
total team,” he says. “The staff here is
Dr. Edgerton also compliments the “good team chemistry” he
shares with FirstHealth’s two other CVT surgeons,
Dr. Krahnert and Peter I. Ellman, M.D., and the administrative
and community support that went into the development
of Reid Heart Center.
“To me, it’s an award that reflects the
entire team at FirstHealth – a team that makes
it possible for each physician to provide exceptional
care for their patients,” he says.
Dr. Edgerton received his bachelor’s degree in
chemistry from Wake Forest University in 1977 and his
medical degree from the Bowman Gray (now Wake Forest)
School of Medicine in 1981. He completed his general
surgery residency in 1987 and a fellowship in cardiothoracic
surgery in 1989, both at the Wake Forest University Baptist
After spending a year at Wake Forest in a junior faculty
position, Dr. Edgerton returned to his hometown of Charlotte
and Charlotte Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates. In
1997, he started the cardiothoracic surgery program at
Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C., and remained
there until his move to FirstHealth.
His surgical specialties include coronary artery bypass,
valvular heart surgery, lung surgery and carotid endarterectomy;
and he is certified by the American Board of Thoracic
In addition to son Colston, now a fourth-year medical
student, Dr. Edgerton and his wife, Ann (a physician
assistant), have a daughter, Anna, who works for Bloomberg
News in Brazil.