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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

Specialty:

  • 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

Memberships

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:

  • 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.

Research

Selected Publications:

Milewski RK, Habertheuer A, Bavaria JE, Vallabhajosyula P.: Management of the moderately dilated sinus of Valsalva: To cut or not to cut? Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery : 2018.

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, Augoustides JG: Does a mobile ECLS program reduce mortality for patients transported for ECLS therapy for severe acute respiratory failure? Journal of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Anesthesia : 2017 (Epub).

Kilic A, Arnaoutakis GJ, Bavaria JE, Sultan I, Desai ND, Vallabhajosyula P, Williams ML, Milewski RK, Szeto WY: 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, Vallabhajosyula P: 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.

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

Abbas AA, Diamond JM, Chehoud C, Chang B, Kotzin JJ, Young JC, Imai I, Haas AR, Cantu E, Lederer DJ, Meyer KC, Milewski RK, Olthoff KM, Shaked A, Christie JD, Bushman FD, Collman RG: The perioperative lung transplant virome: Torque teno viruses are elevated in donor lungs and show divergent dynamics in primary graft dysfunction American Journal of Transplantation 17 (5): 1313-1324,2017.

Vallabhajosyula P, Gottret JP, Menon R, Sultan I, Abbas Z, Siki M, Kramer M, Pulsipher A, Naidu S, Pochettino A, Milewski K, Szeto WY, Bavaria JE: Central repair with antegrade TEVAR for malperfusion syndromes in acute Debakey I aortic dissection Annals of Thoracic Surgery 103 (3): 748-755,2017.

Vallabhajosyula P, Szeto WY, Habertheuer A, Komlo C, Milewski RK, McCarthy F, Desai ND, Bavaria JE: 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, Szeto WY: 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.

Weinsaft JW, Devereux RB, Preiss LR, Feher A, Roman MJ, Basson CT, Geevarghese A, Ravekes W, Dietz HC, Holmes K, Habashi J, Pyeritz RE, Bavaria J, Milewski K, LeMaire SA, Morris S, Milewicz DM, Prakash S, Maslen C, Song HK, Silberbach GM, Shohet RV, McDonnell N, Hendershot T, Eagle KA, Asch FM; GENTAC Registry Investigators: Aortic dissection in patients with genetically mediated aneurysms: Incidence and predictors in the GenTAC registry Journal of the American College of Cardiology 67 (23): 2744-2754,2016.

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)