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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:

  • Surgery, 1994
  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, 1996

Clinical Expertise:

  • Adventitial Cystic Disease
  • Aneurysm Repair Surgery
  • Anomalies of Pulmonary Circulation
  • Anomalous Pulmonary Artery
  • Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return
  • Aortic Arch Aneurysm
  • Aortic Root Replacement
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Ulcer
  • Aortic Valve Procedures
  • Aortic Valve Sclerosis
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Atrial Septal Defect Repair
  • Atrioventricular Canal Defect
  • Balloon Catheter
  • Bloodless Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiac Implant Closure Devices
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Circulatory Assist Devices
  • Collateral Vessel Closure
  • Combined Heart Lung Transplant
  • Congenital Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Convergent Procedure
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG)
  • Double Aortic Arch
  • Embolectomy
  • Endocardial Cushion Defect
  • Enhanced External Counterpulsation
  • Epicardial Lead Placement
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
  • Heart Transplant Rejection
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis
  • Impella Insertion
  • Impella Management
  • Infiltrative Disorders of the Heart
  • Infundibular Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Konno Procedure
  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure
  • Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device
  • Loeys-Dietz Syndrome
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Maternal Valvular Disease
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Median Sternotomy
  • Mediastinal Disorders
  • Mediastinal Tumors
  • Mediastinitis
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Closure of Atrial Septal Defect
  • Minimally Invasive Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Ventricular Septal Defect Closure
  • Mitral Regurgitation
  • Mitral Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Myocardial Bridge
  • Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Paravalvular Leak Repair
  • Patent Foramen Ovale Closure
  • Percutaneous Atrial Septal Defect Closure
  • Percutaneous Ventricular Septal Defect Closure
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Pericardiotomy
  • Prosthetic Heart Valves
  • Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary Clearance for Surgery
  • Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy
  • Pulmonary Valve Disorders
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis (PVS)
  • Pulmonic Valve Replacement
  • Reoperative Cardiac Surgery
  • Replacement of Heart Valve
  • Rheolytic Thrombectomy
  • Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis
  • Robotic Cardiac Surgery
  • Rupture of Papillary Muscle
  • Septal Myectomy
  • Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Thoracic Aneurysm Repair
  • Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair
  • Thoracoabdominal Aneurysm
  • Thrombectomy
  • Total Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair
  • Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Replacement
  • Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Replacement
  • Tricuspid Atresia
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair
  • Tube Pericardiostomy
  • Valve-Sparing Surgery
  • Valvuloplasty
  • Ventricular Aneurysm
  • Ventricular Septal Defect Repair
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • 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
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Residency: University of Minnesota Hospitals
Residency: West Virginia University Hospital
Residency: University at Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
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 Thoracic Surgery Directors Association, 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:

Habertheuer A, Milewski K, Bavaria JE, Siki M, Freas M, Desai N, Szeto W, Ram C, Hur, Vallabhajosyula P.: Predictors of recurrent aortic insufficiency in Type I bicuspid aortic valve repair. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 106 (5): 1316-1324,2018.

Chatterjee S, Shake JG, Arora RC, Engelman DT, Firstenberg MS, Geller CM, Hirose H, Lonchyna VA, Lytle FT, Milewski RKC, Moosdorf RGH, Rabin J, Sanjanwala R, Galati M, Whitman GJR, on behalf of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on Critical Care: Handoffs from the operating room to the intensive care unit after cardiothoracic surgery: From the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on Critical Care. Annals of Thoracic Surgery : 2018.

Abbas AA, Young JC, Clarke EL, Diamond JM, Imai I, Haas AR, Cantu E, Lederer DJ, Meyer K, Milewski RK, Olthoff KM, Shaked A, Christie JD, Bushman FD, Collman RG.: Bidirectional transfer of anelloviridae lineages between graft and host during lung transplantation. American Journal of Transplantation : 2018.

Alexis-Ruiz A, Ghadimi K, Raiten J, Mackay E, Laudanski K, Cannon J, Ramakrishna H, Evans A, Augoustides JG, Vallabhajosyula P, Milewski R, McDonald M, Patel P, Vernick W, Gutsche J.: Hypoxia and complications of oxygenation in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia : 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 32 (3): 1137-1141,2018.

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.

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)