After graduation, Prof Wendler worked as staff surgeon at the Heart Centre Leipzig/Germany and as Deputy Lead of the Cardiothoracic Department of the University Hospital Saarland/Germany. In 2004 he was appointed as Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon/Clinical Director at King’s College Hospital and in 2012 he was promoted Chair of Cardiac Surgery at King’s College London.
Prof Wendler has a particular surgical/academic interest in the treatment of heart valve disease, arterial revascularization and complex aortic surgery. In 2007 he performed the first transapical Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) in the UK and has established King’s College Hospital as one of the major international centers for less invasive heart valve therapy.
He has now been appointed as Chair of the Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute at Cleveland Clinic London, which will open its doors for public services from September 2021.