Rita C. Milewski

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Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Active Physician, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Attending Physician, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Consulting Physician, Pennsylvania Hospital
Director of Cardiovascular Intermediate Care Unit, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Surgery

Contact information
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Division of Cardiovascular Surgery
3400 Spruce St., 6th Fl. Silverstein Pvln.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-964-3856
Fax: 215-349-5798
Purdue University College of Pharmacy, West Lafayette, IN, 1980.
Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL , 1984.
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2004.
WPWP (Entrepreneurship Certificate)
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia, PA, 2007.
WPWP (Business Essentials Certificate)
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia, PA, 2007.
MS.Ed. (Medical Education)
University of Pennsylvania, 2015.
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Description of Itmat Expertise

Aortic Translational Research including neural crest contribution to bicuspid aortic valve syndrome

Selected Publications

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, June 2018 Notes: doi: 10.1053/j.jvca.2017.08.050.

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, Nov. 2017 Notes: (Epub June 23, 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, Sept. 2017 Notes: (Epub Aug. 9, 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, Aug. 2017 Notes: (Epub Apr. 28, 2017) (Presented at the Western Thoracic Surgical Association 42nd Annual Meeting, June 2016).

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, May 2017 Notes: (Epub Nov. 4, 2016).

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, Mar. 2017 Notes: (Epub Sept. 22, 2016).

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, Oct. 2016 Notes: (Epub June 1, 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, Oct. 2016 Notes: (Epub June 16, 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, June 14 2016.

Jassar AS, Vallabhajosyula P, Bavaria JE, Gutsche J, Desai ND, Williams ML, Milewski RK, Hargrove WC, Szeto WY: Direct innominate artery cannulation: An alternate technique for antegrade cerebral perfusion during aortic hemiarch reconstruction. Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery 151(4): 1073-1078, Apr. 2016 Notes: (Epub Nov. 25, 2015).

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