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Kathryn M. Baerman, MD, FACS

Kathryn M. Baerman, MD, FACS

General Surgery

Board Certified by American Board of Surgery, Board Certified General Surgeon

Triangle Region

Chapel Hill

Dr. Baerman earned her undergraduate, graduate and medical degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, remaining in the Triangle for her residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals.

She fortified her surgical expertise through an Advanced Surgical Breast Oncology Training Program and an Oncology Research Fellowship. Today, Dr. Baerman frequently performs biopsies, breast conservation and oncoplastic surgery, mastectomies and sentinel lymph node biopsies.

Dr. Baerman coordinates a multi-disciplinary team approach for comprehensive cancer care to ensure customized care and optimum outcomes for each individual patient.

In addition to her expertise in benign and malignant breast disease, other surgical areas of expertise includes:

• Abdominal surgery – for diseases of the gallbladder, small bowel, appendix, and large bowel
• Endocrine surgery – for diseases of the adrenal, parathyroid and thyroid glands
• Hernia surgery – for inguinal, femoral, ventral/incisional, and other hernias

Throughout her career Dr. Baerman has garnered honors, including her 2013 recognition as a Patients’ Choice physician, an award that dignifies her as a doctor who is not only highly regarded, but highly recommended, by her patients. She has published numerous journal articles and given presentations at medical symposia; while in medical school she was Administrative Chief Resident and a Distinguished Medical Scholar.

For fun, Dr. Baerman performs on (and long taught) viola and violin. She takes great interest in chamber music, has played with multiple orchestras, and is a former instructor of music at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke Music Departments.

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  • Undergraduate Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bachelor of Music
  • Graduate Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master of Music
  • Medical School: University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Residency: University of North Carolina Hospitals
  • Fellowship: Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship, National Institutes of Health Research Fellowship


  • American College of Surgery
  • North Carolina Surgical Association
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • American Society of Breast Surgeons
  • STAR Program for Oncology Rehabilitation
  • SLS Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Dr. Kathryn Baerman Featured in Breast Care Article

Dr. Kathryn Baerman Featured in Breast Care Article

Triangle Region

  Dr. Kathryn Baerman was recently featured in a magazine article describing one woman’s walk through the diagnosis and management of breast cancer: A Testimony of Faith During Sickness. Dr. Baerman, Surgical Director of Triangle Breast Care, leads a team of oncoplastic and reconstructive surgeons, oncologists, physical therapists, and cancer rehabilitation specialists.  These professionals take...

I’m pretty sure Kathryn Baerman saved my life. I had stage 3b breast cancer. I chose her as my surgeon and used UNC for all other treatments. They worked together perfectly and the surgery was done at Durham specialty Hospital. Dr. Baerman was great. Bedside manner is fabulous. She doesn’t sugar coat anything but has a great sense of humor. You need that in battling breast cancer. I’m 3 years out and she continues to follow me. I can call her & her staff for anything. You will not regret using her. I’m blessed to have found her.

Teresa M


EmergeOrtho and Kathryn Baerman, MD, FACS, are superior in every way. The staff is caring, friendly and efficient. Dr. Baerman is also extremely knowledgable and very patient in explaining procedures and medical conditions. I would give my highest recommendation to Dr. Baerman and EmergeOrtho.

Dave W


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