Dr. Gray Hughes was born in Conway, South Carolina and raised in Tabor City, North Carolina. Graduating as the valedictorian at Tabor City High School, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1994, earning summa cum laude honors. He then received his medical degree and master’s degree in public health from Duke University School of Medicine in 1999.
Following his general surgery residency at the University of Tennessee – Memphis, Dr. Hughes spent five years in the U.S. Air Force, initially stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He then completed an additional year of thoracic surgery training at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. He spent his last two years in the Air Force as a general and thoracic surgeon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, serving two tours in Iraq during this time.
After completing a minimally invasive and bariatric fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, he joined Riverside Surgical Group in 2010. His practice encompasses the full range of general and thoracic surgery, including bariatric surgery.
Dr. Hughes is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In addition to these professional accreditations, he is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, American Association of Chest Physicians, and American Association of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons.