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Cardiothoracic surgeons join Monument Health

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Rapid City, S.D. (Aug. 5, 2020) – Monument Health announced that two Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Charan Mungara, M.D., and Kalyan Vunnamadala, M.D., have joined the Monument Health Heart and Vascular Institute in Rapid City.

Dr. Mungara received his medical degree from the University of Mysore in Karnataka, India. He completed his residency in General Surgery and his fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics in Madison, WI.

Dr. Mungara was named a Top Doc in Milwaukee in 2020. He received the 2004 Scholarship Achievement Award during his General Surgery Residency and the Distinction in Anatomy, Internal Medicine, & Surgery in 2001 and 1995 from the University of Mysore in Karnataka, India. He is a Member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Dr. Mungara has published papers on Temporary Total Artificial Heart for Destination Therapy and the Impact of Long-Term Continuous Flow on Endothelial and Microvascular Function in Heart Failure Patients Treated with a Left Ventricular Assist Device.

Dr. Mungara is especially interested in beating heart surgery, mitral valve repairs, Atrial fibrillation surgery, complex aortic surgery, TAVR and lung cancer surgery.

Dr. Kalyan Vunnamadala performs all aspects of adult cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery. He received his medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. He completed is residency in general surgery at Easton Hospital in Easton, PA, where he was also Chief Surgical Resident. He completed his residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Texas Heart Institute/Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Prior to joining Monument Health, Dr. Vunnamadala was a surgeon in Dubuque, IA, and Duluth, MN.

His areas of interest and procedures performed include cardiac surgery, coronary artery bypass surgery, mitral valve and aortic valve surgery, thoracic surgery, esophageal cancer resection, and TAVR among others.

Dr. Mungara and Dr. Vunnamadala are both accepting new patients. Appointments can be made by calling Monument Health Heart and Vascular Institute at 605-755-4300.


Dan Daly
Communications Specialist
Strategic Marketing and Communications
Monument Health

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