Bradley C. Thaemert, MD, FACS


Dr. Bradley Thaemert is Board Certified in General Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Thaemert graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and completed his General Surgery Residency at Gunderson Medical Foundation-Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Thaemert is an active member of the South Dakota State Medical Association (SDSMA), the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS), the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and the Seventh District Medical Society. He currently serves as the South Dakota Chairman of the Committee on Trauma for the American College of Surgeons and is the Medical Director for the Avera McKennan Bariatric Institute. In the past, he has served in many roles for Avera McKennan Hospital including Chairman of the Department of Surgery and as a Member of the Board of Trustees.

Teaching Experience

Dr. Thaemert holds an academic appointment from the University of South Dakota as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery and is active in the education of medical students and residents. He is also an Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor.

Special Interests

Dr. Thaemert has special interest in all areas of minimally invasive general surgery including Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS), endoscopic overstitch procedures, and robotic assisted surgical techniques. Other interests include general thoracic surgery; trauma/critical care; abdominal surgery; gastrointestinal surgery; hernia repair; surgical oncology including sentinel lymph node biopsies; endoscopy; endocrine surgery including that of the thyroid and parathyroid; sclerotherapy for varicose veins; surgical treatment of acid reflux; surgical weight loss procedures including gastric bypass, gastric band, and the sleeve gastrectomy procedures; and non-surgical weight loss options including the ORBERA intragastric balloon and the endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) procedures.


Dr. Thaemert and his wife Jana have three daughters and they enjoy family vacations, skiing, and biking.