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Cardiac surgery

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

Cardiac surgery at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is performed by the team from our Tyler Heart Institute, whose surgeons have done thousands of heart procedures, building reputations for excellent results that surpass national benchmarks.

Our surgeons

Dr. Gaudiani

Vincent A. Gaudiani, MD

Dr. Gaudiani directs the cardiac surgery program at Community Hospital and in 30 years has performed more than 11,000 heart surgeries. He is sought out for complex valve replacements and repairs and for “reoperations,” procedures on patients who have previously had heart surgery.


  • Routinely exceeds national benchmarks for successful results
  • Has had best performance in the nation for mitral valve replacement mortality
  • Shares surgical outcome statistics in annual report, found at
  • Published more than 40 scientific papers

Harvard University
Case Western Reserve University Medical School

University Hospitals of Cleveland
Stanford Medical Center

American Board of Thoracic Surgery
American Board of Surgery

Dr. Spowart

Gregory Spowart, MD

Dr. Spowart joined Tyler Heart Institute in 2009 and performs more than 300 heart surgeries annually. His practice includes a broad range of adult cardiac surgery, including coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), minimally invasive valve repair and replacement, complex aortic procedures, and surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat).


  • Philosophy of care: Patient safety first!
  • Excellent outcomes that surpass national benchmarks for success
  • Performed nearly 6,000 heart surgeries and 10,000 total surgeries

University of California, San Diego
University of California, Davis School of Medicine

St. Mary’s Hospital, Connecticut (Yale affiliate)
University of California Irvine Medical Center
Mt. Sinai Medical Center of Cleveland, Ohio
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio

American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Laeeq

Ambreen Laeeq, MD

Dr. Laeeq has been a cardiothoracic surgeon at Community Hospital since 2017, after practicing for four years in Illinois. Dr. Laeeq completed fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery at Harvard Medical School and Brown University. She speaks Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi.

Aga Khan University, Pakistan

Creighton University Medical Center, Nebraska

Harvard Medical School – Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston University Medical Center
Children’s Hospital, Boston
Brown University, Providence, RI

Creighton University Medical Center

American Board of Thoracic Surgery — Thoracic and cardiovascular surgery


Diana De Jesus-Torres
Clinical Coordinator
23845 Holman Highway, Suite 220
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 644-0225
Fax: (831) 626-3728

Dan Limesand
Director, Business Development and Contracting
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
40 Ryan Court, Suite 220
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 658-3980
Fax: (831) 658-3978

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Rose Wheelus
Community Outreach/Physician Liaison
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
40 Ryan Court, Suite 220
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 658-3989
Fax: (831) 658-3978

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