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Robert L. Wilensky, MD

Robert L. Wilensky, MD Physician

Director, Interventional Cardiology Research Director, Interventional Cardiology Training Program Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • Dutch

Dr. Wilensky is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Cardiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine, 1988
  • Interventional Cardiology, 1999

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abnormal Coronary Angiography
  • Abnormal Stress Test
  • Acute Bacterial Endocarditis
  • Alcohol Septal Ablation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Atherectomy
  • Atherosclerosis (Arteriosclerosis)
  • Atherosclerosis of the Aorta
  • Athlete's Heart
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
  • Atrial Septal Defect Repair
  • Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty
  • Balloon Mitral Valvuloplasty
  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve
  • Bicuspid Valve Repair
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cardiogenic Shock
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Angioplasty
  • Carotid Stent
  • Catheter Angiography
  • Chest Pain
  • Chest Pain (Angina)
  • Chronic Total Occlusion
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Angioplasty
  • Coronary Artery Anomaly
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Coronary Artery Fistula
  • Coronary Stenting
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Directional Atherectomy
  • Edwards Sapien Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve
  • Embolic-Protection Devices
  • Endocarditis
  • Exercise Intolerance
  • Familial Cardiomyopathy
  • Femoral Artery Angioplasty
  • Fractional Flow Reserve
  • Genetic Cardiomyopathy
  • Giant Cell Myocarditis
  • Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Biopsy
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Laser Atherectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Mitral Regurgitation
  • Mitral Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Disorders
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Myocarditis
  • Myxoma
  • Paravalvular Leak Repair
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Patent Foramen Ovale Closure
  • Percutaneous Mitral Valve Repair
  • Percutaneous Valvuloplasty
  • Peripheral Angiography
  • Peripheral Artery Angioplasty
  • Peripheral Vascular Diseases
  • Prinzmetals Angina
  • Pulmonary Artery Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Valve Disorders
  • Pulmonary Valve Insufficiency
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis (PVS)
  • Refractory Angina
  • Replacement of Heart Valve
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic Aortic Regurgitation
  • Rheumatic Aortic Stenosis
  • Rheumatic Diseases of Pulmonary Valve
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Rheumatic Heart Failure
  • Rheumatic Mitral Regurgitation
  • Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis
  • Right Heart Failure
  • Right Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • Rotational Atherectomy
  • Stenotic Valve Diseases
  • Subaortic Stenosis
  • Thrombectomy
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Transradial Catheterization
  • Transradial Coronary Angioplasty
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Ultrasound
  • Unstable Angina
  • Valve Stenosis
  • Watchman Device Implantation
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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: University of Amsterdam
Residency: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Fellowship: Indiana University Hospital


A Division of GenWay Biotech, Inc., National American College of Cardiology, National Stemedica, Inc., National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Wilensky is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Schaar JA, Muller JE, Falk E, Virmani R, Fuster V, Serruys PW, Colombo A, Stefanadis C, Casscells W, Moreno PR, Maseri A, van der Steen AFW: Terminology for high-risk and vulnerable coronary artery plaques European Heart Journal 25 : 1-6,2004.

Laskey WK, Selzer F, Cohen H, Holmes D, Wilensky R, Williams D, Detre K: Temporal variation in fatal percutaneous coronary intervention outcomes: A report from the NHLBI Dynamic Registry Am Heart J 150 : 569,2005.

Hirshfeld JW, Wilensky RL: Drug eluting stents are here - now what? Implications for clinical practice and health care costs Cleveland Clinic Journal : 2004.

Naimark WA, Lepore JJ, Klugherz BD, Wang Z, Guy TS, Osman H, Moainie SL, Gorman RC, Gorman JH III, Palasis M, Parmacek MS, Wilensky RL.: Adenovirus-catheter compatibility increases gene expression. Hum Gene Ther 14 : 161-167,2003.

Mainigi SK, Goldberg LR, Sasseen BM, See VY, Wilensky RL.: Relative contributions of intimal hyperplasia and vascular remodeling in early cardiac transplant mediated coronary artery disease. Am J. Cardiol 91 : 293-296,2003.

Meneveau NF, Klugherz BD, Chaquor B, Golden M, Jouille MM, Macarak E, Weisz PB, Wilensky RL.: Separate and combined effects of local and continuous intravenous administration and beta-cyclodextrin tetradecasulfate on intimal hyperplasia after angioplasty in porcine coronary arteries. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol Therapeut 8 : 53-60,2003.

See VY, DeNofrio D, Goldberg L, Chang G, Sasseen B, Kolansky DM, Pickering F, Kao A, Loh E, Wilensky RL.: Effect of atorvastatin on post-cardiac transplant increase in low-density lipoprotein and cholesterol levels reduces development of intimal hyperplasia and ameliorates progression of endothelial dysfunction. Am J Cardiol 92 : 11-15,2003.

Perlstein I, Connolly JM, Cui X, Song C, Quanyi Li, Jones PL, Lu Z, DeFelice S, Klugherz B, Wilensky R, Levy RJ.: DNA Delivery from an intravascular stent with a denatured collagen-polylactic-polyglycolic acid controlled release coating: mechanisms of enhanced transfection, in press Gene Therapy : 2003.

Kizer JR, Muttreja MR, Matthei WH, McConnell J, Nardone H, Sonel AF, Keane MG, Wilensky RL.: Role of cardiac troponin T in the long-term risk stratification of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention, in press Eur Heart J : 2003.

Wilensky RL, Klugherz BD.: Coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure. A Clinician’s guide to ambulatory diagnosis and treatment. Heart Failure : 131-148,2003.

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Academic Contact Info

Penn Medicine
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
11th Floor, South Pavilion
3400 Civic Center Blvd.

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 615-3060
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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