Emergency Service


Dr. Lee Blankenship earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. Following veterinary school, he completed a one-year internship at BluePearl in Spring, Texas. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, twin children and pets.




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Dr. Mike Grafinger graduated from Mississippi State University in 1999. He completed a one year internship at Animal Medical Center in New York City which has an annual case load of 50,000 patients and over 90 veterinarians. He practiced general medicine in New York City for one year before joining a North Carolina emergency and referral practice as an emergency clinician. He completed a surgical residency at NC State Veterinary School and is one of the few board certified surgeons affiliated  with an emergency clinic in the Durham area. He lives in Raleigh with      his wife and three sons.


Dr. Cindy Eward was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1996.  Following graduation, she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the college and a three year residency in small animal surgery at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She then spent three years working in academia at both the Ontario Veterinary College and Auburn University before moving on to referral and specialty practice. Dr. Eward lives on a small farm in north Durham with her husband, three kids and    menagerie of pets.


Dr. Marc Hirshenson grew up in Rockville, Maryland.  He received a BS in Animal Science from the University of Maryland and his DVM from Tufts University. After graduation, Dr. Hirshenson completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency and critical care and a three-year residency in small animal surgery at Cornell University.  He then returned to Maryland where he worked as a staff surgeon at a large specialty referral practice. Away from the hospital, Dr. Hirshenson enjoys swimming, spending time outside, traveling or              catching an Orioles or Terrapins game.


Dr. Jennifer Myers graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada, in 2008. She then completed a one year small animal rotating internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists and a one year cardiology internship at Animal Surgical and      Emergency Center.  In 2010 she began a combined cardiology residency    and masters degree at Colorado State University.  She lives in Raleigh and  has a small mixed breed dog named Bruce.

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Dr. Anne Doherty Hinn earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and attended North Carolina State University (NCSU) for veterinary school. She completed two years of small animal private practice and then returned to NCSU to complete a residency in veterinary dermatology. Dr. Doherty Hinn is a Carolina native who proudly calls Raleigh home.


Dr. James (Jim) Hummel is originally from the Northern Virginia area. He moved to the Triangle to attend veterinary school at NC State University (NCSU). After graduation from NCSU, he completed a small-animal rotating internship at Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and then returned to NCSU to finish a residency in internal medicine. Dr. Hummel says he chose Internal Medicine because he loves problem solving.

Away from the hospital, Dr. Hummel enjoys spending time with his three girls: Olivia, Katie, and Sophia as well as running with his yellow lab, Finley.