Hunter J. Underwood, MD

UNC Health Provider

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Specialties

General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM 8:00 AM - 4:30 PMClosed Today Closed Today

Location Information

North Carolina Surgery at Raleigh
2800 Blue Ridge Road
Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27607
US
On Public Transportation, Handicap Accessible
Phone:
Fax:
(919) 784-2708

Hours

Day of the WeekHours
Monday8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

About the Provider

Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology

Subspecialties

  • Endocrine Surgery

Provider Details

Type: Clinician
Gender: Male

About Hunter J. Underwood, MD

My path towards medicine is slightly untraditional. Growing up, I was passionate about classical music and wanted to become a concert pianist. I initially studied piano performance at the North Carolina School of the Arts where I learned the value of complete dedication towards a worthy pursuit. My time there, however, was brief as the long hours of practicing alone made me realize that I needed a career that involved making connections with o...
My path towards medicine is slightly untraditional. Growing up, I was passionate about classical music and wanted to become a concert pianist. I initially studied piano performance at the North Carolina School of the Arts where I learned the value of complete dedication towards a worthy pursuit. My time there, however, was brief as the long hours of practicing alone made me realize that I needed a career that involved making connections with other people.

Becoming a surgeon seemed to be the best way to meld my interests both in technical work with my hands and developing meaningful relationships with others. As an endocrine surgeon, I diagnose and treat both benign and malignant conditions of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. Within the realm of endocrine disease, there are often several appropriate treatment options that exist depending on the specific situation. My goal for our initial visit is for you to clearly understand the disease process and what options are available to you. I understand that each patient is unique, and there is not a “one size fits all” solution to endocrine-related problems. If we ultimately decide together that surgery is the best option for you, I offer minimally invasive approaches, and a majority of my patients leave the hospital the day of surgery. I also offer radiofrequency ablation for benign, symptomatic thyroid nodules and toxic thyroid nodules.

My favorite thing about practicing endocrine surgery at UNC Health Rex is the ability to streamline care. During your initial visit, if needed, we have the ability to perform neck ultrasound and thyroid biopsy on the same day. This greatly improves the patient's experience and is the most efficient pathway towards definitive treatment.

UNC Health Affiliations

  • UNC Health Rex

Languages

  • English

Medical School

  • Indiana University, 2011 - 2015
  • Area: Alpha Omega Alpha

Residency

  • New York University Langone Medical Center, 2015 - 2021
  • Area: General Surgery

Fellowship

  • University of Michigan
  • Area: Endocrine Surgery

Bachelor of Science

  • Purdue University, 2008 - 2011
  • Area: Biochemistry

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

  • New York University Langone Medical Center, 2017 - 2018
  • Area: Endocrine Surgery

Certifications

  • Surgery, Board Certified, 2021
Thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy, adrenalectomy, radiofrequency ablation of thyroid nodules
Endocrine Surgery

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Commercial Plans (Other than Aetna Whole Health)
  • Aetna Whole Health (Tier 2)
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage Plans (Other than Aetna Prime HMO)
  • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina Medicaid
  • BCBSNC Commercial Plans
  • North Carolina State Employees Health Benefit Plan (Active employees)
  • BCBSNC Blue Home with UNC Health Alliance
  • BCBSNC Medicare Advantage (Other than Experience Health)
  • Healthy Blue Medicaid
  • Carolina Complete Health Medicaid (Centene)
  • Cigna Commercial Plans (Other than Cigna Connect)
  • Cigna Secure Medicare Advantage
  • Contigo Health Plan (WakeMed employees only)
  • Humana Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Humana Medicare Private Fee-for-Service
  • North Carolina State Employee Health Benefit Plan (Medicare Advantage for retirees)
  • Liberty Advantage Medicare Advantage
  • MedCost PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare Commercial Plans
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage
  • UnitedHealthcare Exchange (ACA) Plans
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan Medicaid
  • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
  • WellCare of North Carolina Medicaid
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