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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
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Dr. Milewski is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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
  • 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

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 Joint Council of Thoracic Surgery Education, National Society of Thoracic Surgeons, National Women in Thoracic Surgery, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Milewski is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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

Research

Selected Publications:

Rylski B, Szeto WY, Bavaria JE, Walsh L, Anwaruddin S, Desai ND, Moser GW, Herrmann HC, Milewski RK.: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation in patients with ascending aortic dilatation: The procedure’s safety and mid-term follow-up. European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery : 2014 (In press).

Ryan LP, Levack MM, Gorman JH 3rd, Gorman RC, Milewski RC, Bavaria JE.: Quantitative analysis of 3-dimensional aortic annular geometry: Implication for aortic root reimplantation. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery : 2013.

Jassar AS, Bavaria JE, Szeto WY, Moeller PJ, Maniaci J, Milewski RK, Gorman JH 3rd, Desai ND, Gorman RC, Pochettino A: Graft selection for aortic root replacement in complex active endocarditis: Does it matter? Annals of Thoracic Surgery 93 (2): 480-487,2012.

Branchetti E, Milewski RK, Grau JB, Sainger R, Poggio Paolo, Lai Eric, Gorman RC, Gorman JH 3rd, Bavaria JE, Ferrari G: Alterations in vascular smooth muscle cell phenotype and tissue microstructure are associated with thoracic aortic aneurysms in bicuspid aortic valve patients Journal of Cellular Physiology : 2012.

Branchetti E, Milewski RK, Grau JB, Seefried WF, Sainger, R, Poggio P, Gorman RC, Gorman JH 3rd, Bavaria JE, Acker MA, Ferrari G: Bicuspid aortic aneurysm: Role of CTGF on smooth muscle cell phenotype and matrix homeostasis Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery : 2012.

Bavaria J, Milewski RK, Baker J, Moeller P, Szeto W, Pochettino A: Classic hybrid evolving approach to distal arch aneurysms: Toward the zero solution Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 140 (6 Suppl): S77-80,2010.

Milewski RK, Szeto WY, Pochettino A, Moser GW, Moeller P, Bavaria JE: Have hybrid procedures replaced open aortic arch reconstruction in high risk patients: A comparative study of open arch debranching with endovascular stent graft placement and conventional open total and distal aortic arch reconstruction Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 160 (3): 590-597,2010.

Milewski RK, Pacini D, Moser GW, Moeller P, Desai N, Cowie D, Szeto WY, Di Marco L, Pochettino A, Di Bartolomeo R, Bavaria JE.: Retrograde and antegrade cerebral perfusion: results in short elective arch reconstructive times Annals of Thoracic Surgery 89 (5): 1448-1457,2010.

Milewski RK, Pacini D, Moser GW, Moeller P, Desai N, Cowie D, Szeto WY, Di Marco L, Pochettino A, Di Bartolomeo R, Bavaria JE.: Circulation management in proximal aortic surgery: Selective use of retrograde and antegrade cerebral perfusion in a modern era treatment algorithm. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 89 : 1448-1457,2010.

Degenhardt KR, Milewski RK, Padmanabhan A, Miller M, Singh MK, Lang D, Engleka KA, Wu M, Li J, Zhou D, Antonucci N, Li L, Epstein JA: Distinct enhancers at the Pax 3 focus can function redundantly to regulate neural tube and neural crest expressions Developmental Biology 339 (2): 519-527,2010.

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) 662-9595
Fax: (215) 349-5798
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)