Retiring Physician Dr. Cyrus A. Kotwall Leaves Behind a Legacy of Health Care

May 31, 2017
Cyrus KotwallWILMINGTON, NC – The distinguished medical career of a well-known physician has come to a close as Cyrus A. Kotwall, MD, MSc, FACS, has retired from New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Kotwall joined the medical staff at NHRMC in 1993 and has been a stalwart of the organization’s general surgery and surgical oncology services. Dr. Kotwall served as medical director of the NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center as well as associate professor with UNC-Chapel Hill through which he is the associate program director for NHRMC’s Surgical Residency Program. He is also the cancer liaison program physician, appointed by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, through which Zimmer Cancer Center is accredited as a teaching hospital cancer program.

Dr. Kotwall’s passion for helping patients and teaching medical students has been instrumental in developing a multidisciplinary approach to care as well as expanding the number of clinical trials to further the tremendous growth in cancer services and our residency program through the years.

“Over the years, Dr. Kotwall has made a tremendous contribution to the education of countless UNC School of Medicine medical students and the residents of the General Surgery Residency Program,” said Dr. Joseph Pino, executive director of South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) and vice president of graduate medical education. “As a consequence, graduates of our program have taken the knowledge and skills they have developed and have entered practice across our state and beyond providing exceptional care to the patients they serve. With all of this in mind, we want to take a moment to celebrate and thank Dr. Kotwall for his contributions as an educator, surgeon and leader in our residency program and our cancer services.”