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Matthew L. Williams, MD

Matthew L. Williams, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia

Dr. Williams is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Cardiac Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Surgery, 2008
  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, 2011

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital
Residency: Duke University Medical Center


Philadelphia County Medical Society, Local Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), Member, National Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Surgery Access and Publications Committee , National Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA), National STS Task Force on Longitudinal Follow-up & External Linkages, National STS Work Force on Evidence Based Surgery, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Williams is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Gutsche JT, Mikkelsen ME, McCarthy FH, Miano TA, Vernick WJ, Ramakrishna H, Patel PA, Augoustides Y, Szeto WY, Desai ND, Lane-Fall MB, Williams ML: Veno-venous extracorporeal life support in hemodynamically unstable patients with ARDS Anesthesia & Analgesia : 2016 (Epub ahead of print).

Williams ML, Bavaria JE, Acker MA, Desai ND, Vallabhajosyula P, Hargrove WC, Atluri P, Szeto WY: Valve selection in end-stage renal disease: Should it always be biological? Annals of Thoracic Surgery 102 (5): 1531-1535,2016.

McCarthy FH, Bavaria JE, McDermott KM, Moeller P, Spragan D, Hoedt A, Dibble T, Savino D, Williams ML, Vallabhajosyula P, Szeto WY, Desai ND: At the root of the repair debate: Outcomes after elective aortic root replacements for aortic insufficiency with aneurysm Annals of Thoracic Surgery 102 (4): 1199-1205,2016.

Arnaoutakis GJ, Vallabhajosyula P, Bavaria JE, Sultan I, Siki M, Naidu S, Milewski RK, Williams ML, Hargrove WC, Desai ND, Szeto WY: The impact of deep vs. moderate hypothermia on postoperative kidney function after elective aortic hemiarch repair Annals of Thoracic Surgery 102 (4): 1313-1321,2016.

Schumer EM, Chaney JH, Trivedi JR, Linsky PL, Williams ML, Slaughter MS: Emergency coronary artery bypass grafting: Indications and outcomes from 2003 through 2013 Texas Heart Institute Journal 43 (3): 214-219,2016.

Jassar AS, Vallabhajosyula P, Bavaria JE, Gutsche J, Desai ND, Williams ML, Milewski RK, Hargrove WC, Szeto WY: Direct innominate artery cannulation: An alternate technique for antegrade cerebral perfusion during aortic hemiarch reconstruction Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 151 (4): 1073-1078,2016.

Acharya D, Gulack BC, Loyaga-Rendon RY, Davies JE, He X, Brennan JM, Thourani VH, Williams ML: Clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with myocardial infarction and cardiogenic shock undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery: Data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database Annals of Thoracic Surgery 101 (2): 558-566,2016.

Stamou SC, Williams ML, Gunn TM, Hagberg RC, Lobdell KW, Kouchoukos NT: Aortic root surgery in the United States: A report from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons database Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 149 (1): 116-122.e4,2015.

Trivedi JR, Cheng A, Singh R, Williams ML, Slaughter MS: Survival on the heart transplant waiting list: Impact of continuous flow left ventricular assist device as bridge to transplant Annals of Thoracic Surgery 98 (3): 830-834,2014.

Andersen ND, Brennan JM, Zhao Y, Williams JB, Williams ML, Smith P, Scarborough JE, Hughes GC: Insurance status is associated with acuity of presentation and outcomes for thoracic aortic operations Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes 7 (3): 398-406,2014.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Cardiovascular Surgery
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
51 North 39th Street, Suite 2A, Heart& Vascular Pavilion

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-9595
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)