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James Hummel, MD The UNC Center for Heart and Vascular

James Hummel, MD

The UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care is pleased to welcome James Hummel, MD, who joined the division of Cardiology in January 2014.

In his role as a Clinical Associate Professor, Dr. Hummel will treat patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and other complex heart arrhythmias. He will see patients at the new UNC Heart Rhythm Specialists at Rex that has opened in Raleigh as well as the UNC Center for Heart and Vascular Care at Meadowmont. Dr. Hummel will perform EP cases at both Rex Healthcare and UNC Hospitals.

Dr. Hummel’s main area of interest is atrial fibrillation ablation. He performs a full range of electrophysiology procedures including device implantation (pacemakers and ICDs) as well as ablations for VT and SVT. His research interests include developing signal processing techniques to identify mechanisms of atrial fibrillation to guide ablation strategies.

Dr. Hummel comes to UNC from St Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, PA, where he served as their director of cardiac electrophysiology since 2010. He was a faculty member at the University of Virginia for two years after fellowship before going to St. Luke’s. A graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Hummel completed his residency and internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital and fellowships in cardiology and electrophysiology at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Dr. Hummel says, “I am looking forward to being back in academics—being involved in teaching students, residents, and fellows and performing research. I also previously worked with Dr. Mounsey at UVA and am looking forward to working with him again.”

Dr. Hummel currently lives in Cary with his wife Jennifer and their five children: 4 girls and 1 boy ranging in age from 8 months to 9 years old. The Hummel family (and their big dog, a Newfoundland) are enjoying Cary so far with their good schools and convenient location between Rex and UNC. Dr. Hummel enjoys sailing, sports, and music. He plays piano and is currently learning drums with his 9-year old. Dr. Hummel adds, “It seems like my main hobby these days is going to little kids’ sporting events.”

Welcome to UNC Heart and Vascular!