About Dr. James Wudel,
Heart Valve Surgeon

Hello! My name is Dr. James Wudel and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from Emory School of Medicine in 1987. To date, I have performed approximately 5,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 2,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Sanford Health. Read more...

3 Patient Reviews for
Dr. Wudel

Patient Review of Dr. James Wudel

"Dr. Wudel performed the surgery that gave me back my life. His skill, kindness and concern were all awesome"

-- Darlene Holecek, heart valve surgery patient

"Dr. Wudel is a very skillful, knowledgeable and kind professional thoracic surgeon. He explained the procedure before surgery and after. His bedside manner was caring and the surgery/recovery was “just what the doctor ordered”. We would definitely refer him."

-- William Tusa, Aortic Valve, 04/12/2021

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My Specialities &
Clinical Interests

My heart surgery specialties include:

  • Minimally invasive aortic valve surgery
  • Mitral valve surgery
  • Atrial fibrillation (Afib)

In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:

  • Principal Investigator for PARTNER II and SAPIEN 3i TAVR trials
  • Principal Investigator for COAPT MitraClip mitral valve repair trial
  • Coronary artery disease and Afib treatment

Education, Training & Certificates

Dr. James Wudel, heart surgeon, graduated from Emory School of Medicine in 1987.

After medical school, Dr. Wudel completed a General Surgery Residency in 1994 at Vanderbilt. Then, he completed a Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency in 1997 at University of California San Francisco and the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr Wudel is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board Thoracic Surgery.

Schedule Appointment
with Dr. James Wudel, MD

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wudel, you can:

  • Call (605) 937-7972 right now
  • Request an appointment by clicking here.

The office of Dr. Wudel is located at 1301 W. 18th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57105. To get driving directions to this office, please click the map below.

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Page last updated: July 21, 2021