The Doctor is in: General Surgeon Excited to Serve Communityalkire

As the son of two surgeons, Dr. Reece Alkire had a clear vision of his career path from a very early age.

“I had the benefit of seeing the joy that one can bring to their community by helping people feel better or get through a difficult health issue,” he said.

Alkire is one of three new surgeons to join the team at Nash Surgery, a new general surgery practice opened by Nash UNC Health Care.

He arrives at the hospital after rigorous medical school and residency programs in Erie, PA and Camden, NJ respectively.

“My areas of clinical interest within general surgery include the gallbladder, appendix, colon cancer, hernias, hiatal hernias and dialysis access,” said Alkire.

In addition to providing a rich clinical education, Alkire’s experiences during residency also helped to shape his approach to patient care.

“My approach to patient care is to take the patient’s concern to heart,” he explained. “I make myself available to address their concerns or questions and let them know I will be there throughout their care.”

For Alkire, the opportunity to work with his patients throughout the surgical process was one of the most appealing aspects of the role at Nash Surgery.

“It’s so rewarding to see patients at their best after caring for them at their worst,” he said.

The new practice was created to provide the community with modern and comprehensive surgical services right in Rocky Mount. It offers a range of surgical services to treat both emergent and non-emergent needs. In most cases, patients would receive pre-operative and post-operative care locally. Not only does this mean that patients would not have to travel out of town for care, it also means that their surgeon would be involved from pre-operative consultations to post-operative recovery programs.

Drs. Seaman and Harrison, who have each been practicing in the community for over 20 years, are joined by Drs. Zachry, Warnsby and Alkire, all of whom have relocated from out of the state.

“This is an exciting time for Nash UNC and for our community,” said L. Lee Isley, president and CEO at Nash UNC Health Care. “These physicians bring new skills and specialties to complement the expertise of our current medical staff and expand the services we have to offer.”

Outside of work, Alkire is busy exploring the Twin Counties.

“I love the outdoors, so I’ve been finding the best spots for water skiing, hiking, fishing, and bike riding,” he said. “I’m looking forward to doing more freshwater fishing and maybe even some deep-sea fishing off the coast,” he said. “It’s great being so close to the coast, but also close to downtown Raleigh.”