Dr. McIlveen is highly achieving; he was Valedictorian in high school. In college he majored in both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Dr. McIlveen is a lifelong learner; the intensive coursework is not a nuisance. His junior year of school, Dr. McIlveen received the distinction of being chosen as the ACEC National Scholar of the Year. He received the Tau Beta Pi Award, the Student Service Award, and the Duke University President’s Senior Leadership Award. Peter graduated Summa Cum Laude from Duke University, ranked first in his major, and was on the Dean’s List all four years. He was also privileged to be inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society.
After graduation in 1984, Peter received an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1987. He then worked as an engineer for ten years. He worked in private practice utilizing his training in both mechanical and electrical engineering. He advanced to become President of a consulting engineering firm.
In undergraduate school, Peter always had a desire to study medicine, but because of the engineers in his family, he followed suit. After working as an engineer for ten years, and after unsettling experiences with physicians during his wife’s pregnancy, Peter decided to follow his heart and make a difference. Dr. Peter McIlveen completed his medical degree at the University of Connecticut. He graduated as a Fleeson Scholar and received honors in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Peter McIlveen completed his medical degree with a wife and three children! While in school, Dr. Peter McIlveen conducted extensive research on Monoamniotic Twins, which he presented nationally. This work was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His research on amniotic fluid glucose measurements was also published in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
In his medical practice Peter McIlveen has been the Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. He was also Vice Chief of Staff, Secretary-Treasurer of the medical staff and a member of the Medical Executive Committee. He was always interested in high risk pregnancies and infertility. He has conducted research and published literature on high-risk problems and has helped many infertile couples achieve successful pregnancies.
Another area of interest where Dr. Peter McIlveen has been able to be a positive influence, is uterine ablation. Dr. McIlveen was the first physician in the Elkin area to perform such surgeries. He is also interested in advanced laparoscopic surgery, urinary incontinence diagnosis & treatment, preventative medicine, alternative therapies, and menopause management.
One of the reasons Dr. Peter McIlveen was driven to become a doctor was the opportunity to guide women through pregnancies. There can be issues with doctors providing medicine and treatment but a lack of bedside manner. Dr. McIlveen believes that a critical part of being a doctor is providing the whole package: medicine, bedside manner, and genuine compassion. Dr. McIlveen loves helping each of his patients achieve optimal health and wellbeing. In fact, he cares so much, that he received a certificate in Obesity Medicine and opened a practice called North Carolina Weight and Wellness. At NC Weight and Wellness, the goal is to help patients achieve optimal health, which includes a mixture of nutritional education and coaching along with physical training. Dr. McIlveen started NC Weight and Wellness in December of 2013. He is one of the few dual OB/GYN and certified obesity medicine doctors. His situation presents a unique combination, allowing him to help his patients on multiple levels.
When Peter is not delivering a baby, seeing a patient, or helping individuals in his Wellness program, he loves spending time with his children, all of whom are currently in college. He loves watching basketball, especially if it’s played at Duke. With his sons as students at Chapel Hill, there is room for much rivalry between Duke and Chapel Hill.