UH St. John Medical Center Welcomes Top Surgical Team

Amani G. Munshi, M.D., Y. Victoria Wu, M.D. and Roshni Venugopal, M.D.

Live on the west side? You do not need to travel far to have access to cutting edge surgical professionals.

At University Hospitals St. John Medical Center, Amani Munshi, M.D., Roshni Venugopal, M.D., and Y. Victoria Wu, M.D., have emerged as a team of unique leaders on the west shore surgical scene.

The surgical team of Drs. Munshi, Wu and Venugopal cover multiple specialties within general surgery. And they do so with a deep commitment to patient care.

“I am proud to be part of this surgical practice,” says Dr. Venugopal. “Each of us has advanced specialty training, and we share the goal of delivering first-class patient care. Within our practice group, we perform a breadth of surgical procedures: we fix complex hernias, treat reflux disease, remove diseased organs, and offer surgical management of obesity as well as cancer.

The emergence of this team, working under the title of UH West Side Surgical Specialists, underscores a commitment made by hospital president Robert G. David and UH SJMC to bring the best in operative care to the west shore.

“It is my goal to provide UH St. John Medical Center surgeons the safest, most efficient operating rooms possible that are easy to schedule and welcoming to patients, family, physicians and staff,” said David in 2016.

Today, the addition of the UH West Side Surgical Specialists team speaks to the realization of that mission.

“The message I want to get out to the community is that these brilliant young physicians and surgeons are joining our team, bringing these specialties close to home for all our patients and community,” says David.

“When a patient goes to a physician to address a surgical problem,” says Dr. Venugopal, “the surgeon does not work alone. We rely on the support staff in our office, the clinical staff in the operating room, as well as the excellent nurses and hospital staff during postoperative recovery.

Of course, the technical execution of the operation is critical,” Dr. Venugopal continues, “but surgical patient care is the embodiment of teamwork. Patients on the west side have access to excellent clinical teams here at UH St. John Medical Center throughout their surgical experience.”

“Between the three of us, we cover all aspects of general surgery,” adds Dr. Munshi, “operating in the head and neck, skin and soft tissues, and the abdominal cavity. University Hospitals is really doing the best to keep top surgeons in the community so west shore residents don’t have to travel to Cleveland to find world class care.”

All three surgeons are specialty fellowship trained and board certified. Their wide ranging experience channels to each patient through each surgeon individually and also due to their openness to collaborate on complicated patient needs.

“Even if it something routine like a gallbladder procedure, there are decisions to be made,” adds Dr. Wu. “We want to ensure that all the answers, from the best in surgical options to the team we have in place, are here.

“One of our mission goals is to have a surgical presence here at UH SJMC all the time.”

About the Surgeons

Amani G. Munshi, M.D., is Board Certified in General Surgery with specialty training in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery. Interests: Surgical Management of Reflux Disease, Achalasia, repair of hiatal and paraesophageal hernias, laparoscopic inguinal/ventral hernia repair and complex abdominal wall hernia reconstruction, Laparoscopic gastrointestinal and solid organ surgery, adrenalectomy and splenectomy, and surgery for diverticulitis. She received her Doctor of Medicine from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and completed a minimally invasive surgery fellowship at McGill University of Quebec. She is a Clinical Asst. Professor at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.

Roshni Venugopal, M.D., is Board Certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, and completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Advanced GI Surgery and Bariatric Surgery at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Interests: Surgical treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), dysmotility disorders, repair of diaphragm hernia and hiatal hernia, laparoscopic repair of inguinal and ventral hernia and abdominal wall reconstruction; solid organ surgery for diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid, spleen, and adrenal glands. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, she trained in Surgical Critical Care at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Prior to joining UH, Dr. Venugopal was Surgery faculty at the University of Minnesota and Rutgers University. She is a Clinical Asst. Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Victoria Wu, M.D., is Board Certified in General Surgery and serves as a Clinical Asst. Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Interests: surgical management of Gastrointestinal Cancers, Melanoma, Sarcoma, Splenic and Adrenal Surgeries. Dr. Wu earned a Doctor of Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of New Jersey, and completed a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo and a Minimally Invasive Surgery/Flexible Endoscopy Fellowship at University Hospitals Medical Center Cleveland.

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