Dr. Paul Sami Dagher graduated from Wheaton College in 1989 with a major in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Bible. He completed medical school at Loma Linda University in Southern California in 1993 and completed his general surgery residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in 1998.
Dr. Dagher is the recipient of the Watauga County People’s Choice Awards for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2018, 2021 and 2022 Best Surgeon Award.
Dr. Dagher has been an active staff member at Watauga Medical Center since 1998 and has been the CEO of Watauga Surgical Group. He has served on various committees at Watauga Medical Center and has been Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of the Medical staff. He currently serves on the Clinical Transformation Committee, the Credentials Committee and as a member of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System board of trustees. He also works as the Medical Director at the Wound Care Center.
During his career, Dr. Dagher has served as an educator/preceptor to many physician assistant and family nurse practitioner students during their surgical rotations.
In addition to his expertise in general surgery, Dr. Dagher has a particular interest in the care of patients with breast disease including breast cancer. He utilizes minimally invasive techniques such as stereotactic biopsy, mammotome biopsy, and breast ultrasound to evaluate his patients and obtain a diagnosis. Many of these procedures are performed in his office. When the diagnosis of cancer is made he works closely with our medical and radiation oncologists, presenting each case in our cancer conference to come up with a comprehensive plan of care.
Dr. Dagher has also provided the residents of Watauga County with varicose vein care. For approximately 8 years he has been treating symptomatic varicose veins with radiofrequency ablation, a minimally invasive technique. This procedure is done through a needle stick in the comfort and privacy of his office. He also performs sclerotherapy (injections) for unsightly spider veins.
Dr. Dagher has a keen interest in medical missions and has been overseas in that capacity on multiple occasions. He has served in Zaire, Iraq, Togo, and Zambia. He is an active member of his church, Alliance Bible Fellowship, where he and his family attend.
Board Certification: American Board of Surgery
Medical Society Affiliations:
Diplomat, American Board of Surgery
FACS – Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
American Society of Breast Surgeons
Christian Medical and Dental Association
American Medical Association
North Carolina Medical Society
North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
Watauga County Medical Society