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Rita C. Milewski, MD

Rita C. Milewski, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Milewski is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Cardiac Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, 1996

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • 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: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Residency: University of Minnesota Hospitals
Residency: West Virginia University Hospital
Residency: SUNY at Buffalo Medical Center
Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American College of Surgeons, Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter, Local American College of Surgeons, National American Heart Association, National Bicuspid Aortic Valve Consortium Steering Committee, National GenTAC (Genetically Triggered Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Cardiovascular Conditions), National Heart Failure Society of America, National Heart Valve Society, National Joint Council of Thoracic Surgery Education, National Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on Critical Care, National Society of Thoracic Surgeons, National Society of Thoracic Surgeons, National Women in Thoracic Surgery, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Milewski is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Chester County Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Long-Term Acute Care Hospital: 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:

Kilic A, Arnaoutakis GJ, Bavaria JE, Sultan I, Desai ND, Vallabhajosyula P, Williams ML, Milewski RK: Outcomes of elective aortic hemiarch reconstruction for aneurysmal disease in the elderly Annals of Thoracic Surgery 104 (5): 1522-1530,2017.

Sultan I, Wallen TJ,Habertheuer A, Siki M, Arnaoutakis GJ, Bavaria J, Szeto WY, Milewski R: Concomitant antegrade stent grafting of the descending thoracic aorta during transverse hemiarch reconstruction for acute DeBakey 1 aortic dissection repair improved aortic remodeling. Journal of Cardiac Surgery 32 (9): 581-592,2017.

Gutsche JT, Miano TA, Vernick W, Raiten J, Bermudez C, Vallabhajosyula P, Milewski K, Szeto W, Fall ML, Williams ML, Patel P, Mikkelsen ME, Chiu C, Ramakrishna H, Canon J: Does a Mobile ECLS Program Reduce Mortality for Patients Transported for ECLS Therapy for Severe Acute Respiratory Failure? J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth : 2017.

Milewski RK, Habertheuer A, Bavaria JE, Siki M, Szeto WY, Krause E, Korutla V, Desai ND: Fate of remnant sinuses of Valsalva in bicuspid and trileaflet patients undergoing aortic valve replacement, ascending aorta, and aortic arch replacement. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 154 (2): 421-432,2017.

Vallabhajosyula P, Szeto WY, Habertheuer A, Komlo C, Milewski RK, McCarthy F, Desai ND: Bicuspid aortic insufficiency with aortic root aneurysm: Root reimplantation versus Bentall root replacement. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 102 (4): 1221-1228,2016.

Arnaoutakis GJ, Vallabhajosyula P, Bavaria JE, Sultan I, Siki M, Naidu S, Milewski RK, Williams ML, Hargrove WC 3rd, Desai ND: The impact of deep versus moderate hypothermia on postoperative kidney function after elective aortic hemiarch repair. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 102 (4): 1313-1321,2016.

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

Rylski B, Siepe M, Beyersdorf F, Kari FA, Grün L, Desai ND, Szeto WY, Milewski RK, Adachi H, Kimura N: Bicuspid aortic valve resuspension in acute type A aortic dissection patients. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 100 (3): 827-832,2015.

Rylski B, Beyersdorf F, Desai ND, Euringer W, Siepe M, Kari FA, Vallabhajosyula P, Szeto WY, Milewski RK: Distal aortic reintervention after surgery for acute DeBakey type I or II aortic dissection: open versus endovascular repair. European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 48 (2): 258-263,2015.

Jassar AS, Desai ND, Kobrin D, Pochettino A, Vallabhajosyula P, Milewski RK, McCarthy F, Maniaci J, Szeto WY: Outcomes of aortic root replacement after previous aortic root replacement: The “true” redo root. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 99 (5): 1601-1609,2015.

Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Division of Cardiovascular Surgery
3400 Spruce St., 6th Fl. Silverstein Pvln.

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 964-3856
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)