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Christopher J. Helak, DO, FACS

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Dr. Helak is Board Certified in General Surgery through the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia.  He then completed his general surgery internship and residency at Ascension Health St John Macomb-Oakland Hospital and Michigan State University in Detroit, Michigan.  


Dr. Helak is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina.  After completing his general surgery training, he returned home to North Carolina and practiced in private practice in Columbus County where he performed broad-spectrum general surgery, and metabolic and bariatric surgery.  He developed the Surgical Weightloss Center at Columbus Regional Healthcare System, where he served as medical director from 2017 - 2021.  


In January 2022, Dr. Helak opened Bluewater Surgical, PLLC in Wilmington, NC.  He specializes in minimally invasive and robotic surgery for the management of obesity and related comorbidities.  He also offers general surgery procedures with minimally invasive techniques.


Dr. Helak is proud to serve his hometown community of Wilmington


American Osteopathic Board of Surgery

Board Certified American College of Osteopathic Surgeons

Fellow American College of Surgeons


Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, VA


Ascension St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Detroit, MI

Hospital Privileges

Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Novant Health Pender Medical Center

Bariatric Surgery Accreditation

MBSAQIP works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers

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