Dr. Mungara Joins Wellmont CVA Heart Institute As Cardiothoracic And Vascular Surgeon In Bristol

Dr. Charan MungaraDr. Charan Mungara, a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, has brought his impressive skill set to Bristol Regional Medical Center as one of the new physicians at the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute.

Dr. Mungara specializes in surgery for various heart and lung diseases, but he is also trained to treat all forms of vascular disease. He will primarily work with Drs. Bill Messerschmidt and Marcus Williams to continue the tradition of excellence at Bristol Regional. All three physicians are medical doctors.

“I’m excited to join a remarkable practice and provide patient care at an outstanding hospital,” Dr. Mungara said. “The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute is replete with a great group of physicians and ancillary personnel who have come together to deliver the premier cardiovascular and cardiothoracic care in this region. I welcome the opportunity to join my colleagues as we work to improve the health of this region.”

Dr. Mungara said he is especially pleased to partner with Drs. Messerschmidt and Williams, calling them great mentors.

“They are two of the most respected physicians in the region, who along with the rest of the group at the heart institute are making a positive difference in patients’ lives,” Dr. Mungara said. “I think I can learn a lot from them, and I can bring a lot to the table as well.”

A second-generation physician, Dr. Mungara follows in the footsteps of his father, who took care of patients around the globe while he worked for the World Health Organization. His sister is also a practicing physician.

“My dad was my inspiration to enter the medical field, and my sister played an important role as well,” Dr. Mungara said. “My mother instilled in me the value that practicing medicine is a noble profession and an opportunity to take care of one’s fellow man.”

Dr. Mungara graduated from The University of Mysore in Karnataka, India, with a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery. He completed general surgery residencies at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala., and University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison.

He finished his training with fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Wisconsin and cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital. He is certified by the Thoracic Board of Surgery.

Dr. Mungara said his passion as a physician has always been to work on hearts and lungs, and he focuses on performing minimally invasive procedures whenever possible. When patients undergo a less invasive procedure, they experience less pain, go home more quickly and return to their normal activities faster.

“I have always been interested in surgery,” Dr. Mungara said. “I was mechanically oriented and wanted to be hands on, and cardiothoracic surgery is not only intellectually stimulating but also technically challenging. Plus, the gratification you can get from helping very sick patients is very high.

“I want my patients to know I am hardworking and committed to improving their health.”

Dr. Jerry Blackwell, the heart institute’s president and a medical doctor, said Dr. Mungara is another excellent addition to the practice.

“Dr. Mungara has received superb training and will contribute greatly to the innovative and high-quality care patients receive from the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute,” Dr. Blackwell said. “His enthusiasm, compassion and diverse medical interests, combined with his abundant skill, will help patients considerably. He is also fortunate to have the resources of many other physicians in our practice whose expertise will assist him greatly.”

Patients can make an appointment with Dr. Mungara or receive a referral from another physician. For more information about him or the heart institute’s surgical services, please call 423-844-4800 or visit www.wellmont.org.