Kristin Wempe, MD

Dr. Wempe was born in Minnesota and grew up in Mitchell, South Dakota. She obtained her undergraduate degree in biology and her medical degree at the University of South Dakota-Sanford School of Medicine. She completed her residency in general surgery at Spectrum Health / Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Having spent her two clinical rotation years of medical school in the Black Hills, returning to Rapid City and joining Rapid City Medical Center’s surgery department in 2022 felt like coming home.

Dr. Wempe enjoys all aspects of general surgery including breast, endocrine, simple and complex hernia repairs, large bowel, and foregut surgeries such as acid-reducing procedures and hiatal hernia repairs. She is excited to bring her expertise in open, laparoscopic, and robotic surgeries to Rapid City.

Outside of the operating room, she is happy to spend time with her husband, young son, and two Bernedoodles. They enjoy hiking the Hills, having Harry Potter and Star Wars marathons, trying out new restaurants, and relaxing with family.

  • Specialty

    General Surgery

Primary Location

Rapid City Medical Center Mt. Rushmore Road

2820 Mt. Rushmore Road
Rapid City SD 57701
605-342-3280opens phone dialer

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Services Provided

  • General Surgery
  • Hernias
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Vascular
  • Breast Cancer
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux
  • Upper GI
  • Biliary Disease
  • Gallbladder
  • Pancreatic Diseases
  • Robotic Surgery
  • General Thoracic
  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cystic Lesions
  • Biliary Strictures or Masses
  • Metastatic Liver Lesions
  • Hepatic Masses
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Medically Refractory GERD
  • Achalasia
  • Adrenal Masses & Cancer
  • Thyroid Masses & Cancer
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Splenectomy
  • Crohn’s Strictures
  • Anal Fissures or Fistulas
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Pleurodesis for Recurrent Effusion
  • Lung Wedge Biopsies
  • Mediastinal Biopsy
  • Breast Lesions
  • Melanoma Excision with Node Biopsy
  • Lymph Node Biopsies
  • Lipomas or Soft Tissue Masses
  • Retroperitoneal Masses
  • Varicose Veins
  • Carotid Stenosis
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