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Venkat R. Mangunta, MD

General Anesthesiology Appointment
Primary Location:

PO Box 800710

Charlottesville, VA 2209-0710



ABMS Certification:
American Board of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology
American Board of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine
Research Interests:

Airborne Infectious Diseases and Isolation Strategies
Cardiogenic Shock and Microvascular Shock
Operative Crew Resource Management (CRM) and Communication
Mechanical Circulatory Support
VV ECMO for Pulmonary Failure


Assistant Professor

Venkat Mangunta, MD, is a U.S. Navy veteran and highly trained and experienced cardiovascular anesthesiologist and critical care physician. He cares for patients who are either undergoing major cardiac, thoracic, or vascular surgery, or are in the intensive care unit in critical condition.

“My patients come to the hospital during a very scary and vulnerable time. I believe that before anything else, establishing a human connection is essential. Treating every patient as I would want my own family treated is one of my personal rules. This is the only way that we as physicians can truly provide the best care,” Dr. Mangunta shares.

He adds, “I do this job because I truly want to help them get to a place where they are well enough to live life to the fullest, with their family and friends.”

After earning a medical degree from the University of Missouri, Dr. Mangunta completed a year of general surgery training at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. For three years he served as a Naval medical officer and Naval flight surgeon with the Marines. After leaving active service, he completed anesthesiology residency training at the University of Massachusetts.

He then completed fellowship training in critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins University, followed by a fellowship in cardiovascular anesthesia at Texas Heart Institute at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Before joining UVA in 2021, he was a cardiovascular anesthesiologist and critical care physician in Kansas City at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute — one of the nation’s busiest heart transplant centers. 

“I believe in always fighting to be better,” he shares. “What I love about medicine is the drive to constantly learn, discover and grow — all to help make lives better and grow our collective fund of knowledge. Other than one's life, the greatest gift we can give someone else is our time. I choose to give my time to my patients and trainees.” 

Dr. Mangunta’s parents immigrated to the United States from India in 1974. He was born and grew up in southeast Missouri. “I spent most of my life until college in the Missouri-Kansas region. My sister and I were raised to value the opportunities this nation provides us and give back whenever we can. During college, after the September 11 terrorist attack, I decided to join the armed forces and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy and served five years as an active-duty medical officer.”



University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine, 2007
University of Massachusetts School of Medicine
Texas Heart Institute/Baylor College of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine