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James Takara

James Patrick Takara, M.D.

Rapid City Regional Hospital
Regional Heart Lung Vascular Surgery Institute, 4150 5th Street
Rapid City, SD  57701
United States
1 605 755-4300
1605430-9385 (alternative)
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic


Louisiana State University (B.S. 1987)
Louisiana State University (M.D. 1989)
University of Washington, Seattle (1989-1991) General Surgery
General Practice, Seattle, WA (1991-1995)
State University of New York, Syracuse (1995-1999) General Surgery
University of Tennessee, Memphis (1999-2001) Thoracic Surgery
Board Certified
Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Tennessee, Memphis (2002-2005)
Cardiac, Thoracic, & Vascular Surgery Practice, Memphis, TN (2001-2005) Erie, PA (2006-2009)
Cardiac, Thoracic, & Vascular Surgery Practice, Rapid City, SD (2009-present)
Clinical Assistant Professor Of Surgery, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine (2012-present)

Other Interests

Flyfishing, Hiking, Skiing, Tennis
Endovascular Procedures, Diagnostic Angiography, Angioplasty, Stenting
Cardiac, Thoracic, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Having fun with my Family
Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Minimal Incision - Partial Sternotomy/Minithoracotomy Cardiac Surgery
Right Thoracotomy Mitral Valve Surgery, Off-Pump CABG

Practice Areas

  • Cardiac
  • Thoracic
  • Vascular
  • Aorta
  • Electrophysiology/arrhythmia
  • Cardiac
  • Endovascular
  • Lung
  • Mechanical circulatory assistance
  • Mediastinum
  • Minimally Invasive
  • Thoracic
  • Valve disease
  • Vascular