About the Munroe Heart Cardiovascular Surgeons

Munroe Heart's four heart and vascular surgeons have over 100 years of combined experience and have performed over 25,000 open-heart procedures. These surgeons have spent over 15 years in Ocala, Marion County and were the founding members of the Ocala Heart Institute.

In December 2007, these heart and vascular surgeons partnered with Munroe Regional Medical Center and now practice exclusively at Munroe Heart. Their commitment to high quality and patient safety has contributed to Munroe Regional Medical Center being listed in the September 2011 issue of Consumer Reports magazine as being one of five surgical groups in Florida rated above average for Open Heart surgery. Of the 324 groups reported there were only 81 surgical groups in the nation rated in the above average category.

The Munroe Heart Cardiovascular Surgeons

Craig Kuykendall, M.D.

Dr. Kuykendall has had privileges at Munroe since 1991. He graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1980 and completed his general surgery internship and five year surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston in 1986. Dr. Kuykendall completed his residency in Vascular and Cardiovascular Surgery at Texas Heart Institute in 1988. Dr. Kuykendall is a Diplomate of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Vascular Surgeons.

Dr. Kuykendall specializes in heart, lung and vascular surgery. He is board certified in thoracic surgery and vascular surgery.

Peter Chung, M.D.

Dr. Chung has had privileges at Munroe since 1991. He received his medical degree from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Chung completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York in 1985 and devoted 1985-87 to a fellowship in cardiovascular surgery at Texas Heart Institute under the direction of Dr. Denton Cooley. He continued to a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas for 1988-89. Before joining Munroe, Dr. Chung completed his Cardiovascular Surgery residency in 1991 at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dr. Chung specializes in heart and vascular surgery at Munroe and has a specific interest in atrial fibrillation. He is one of only a handful of surgeons in the state of Florida to perform the mini-maze procedure to correct atrial fibrillation.

John Galat, M.D.

Dr. Galat earned his B.S., with honors, in 1980 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In 1984, he graduated with honors from Ohio State University's College of Medicine. He did his general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery residency training at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where he received multiple awards. Dr. Galat is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Galat specializes in heart and vascular surgery and has had privileges at Munroe since 1993. He is board certified in Thoracic Surgery.

David Lammermeier, M.D.

Dr. Lammermeier is a graduate of Ohio State University's College of Medicine. He completed his general and vascular surgery training with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He completed his cardiothoracic surgery training as well as cardiac transplantation and mechanical assist devices with the Texas Heart Institute. Prior to coming to Ocala, Dr. Lammermeier served on the staff of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Lammermeier has had privileges at Munroe since 2000.

Dr. Lammermeier specializes in heart and vascular surgery at Munroe and has a specific interest in pacemaker lead extraction and all aspects of lung surgery, including minimally invasive techniques.

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