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