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Nilto De Oliveira, MD

Surgical Services

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(608) 263-0439

MC 3236
MADISON, WI 53792-3236

Nilto De Oliveira, MD

Associate Professor
Director, Aortic Surgery
Director, Lung and Heart/Lung Transplant
Section of Cardiac Surgery
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery


  • MD, Universidade Federal do Parana, Curitiba, Brazil
  • General Surgery Residency, Hartford Hospital, University of Connecticut
  • Cardiac Surgery Research, Myocardial protection laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, Barnes Hospital, Washington University
  • Adult Cardiac Surgery Fellowship, The Toronto Hospital, University of Toronto
  • Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto

Clinical Specialties

Dr. De Oliveira is certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. His practice comprises all aspects of adult cardiothoracic surgery, with special interest in aortic aneurysms; aortic root reconstruction procedures; aortic valve sparing operations for aortic aneurysms; management of aortic pathology in Marfan Syndrome; adult congenital heart surgery; re-do cardiac surgery operations; management of complex infective endocarditis including intracardiac reconstructive procedures with double valve replacement and reconstruction of the intervalvular fibrous body; and adult heart and lung transplantation.

Dr. De Oliveira provides a wide range of services including Angioplasty, Aortic Valve-Sparing Surgery, Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Repair, Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT), Cardioversion, Carotid and Peripheral Blood Vessel Revascularization, Carotid Artery Stent, Carotid Surgery and Intervention, Cryoablation, Destination Therapy for End-Stage Heart Failure, Endoscopic Surveillance, Heart Bypass (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery - CABG), Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs), In Situ Vein Bypass for Limb Salvage, Limb Salvage, Lung Transplant, Maze Procedure (Surgical), Maze Procedure (Minimally Invasive), Mitral Valve Repair, Pacemakers, (show all).

Research Interests

Dr. De Oliveira’s research interests include myocardial protection, intracardiac fibrous body anatomy and reconstructive procedures, infective endocarditis, effects of the new LAS score on lung transplantation, use of DCD donors lung donation and extended criteria organs, and ex vivo lung perfusion systems for donor lungs grafts recovery.

Recent Publications
  • Acute retrograde type A aortic dissection: morphologic analysis and clinical implications.
    DiMusto PD, Rademacher BL, Philip JL, Akhter SA, Goodavish CB, De Oliveira NC, Tang PC
    J. Surg. Res. 2017 Jun 01; 213():39-45.
    [PubMed ID: 28601330]
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  • Efficacy of Aortic Valve Resuspension in Establishing Valve Competence in Acute Type A Dissections.
    Tang PC, Badami A, Akhter SA, Osaki S, Lozonschi L, Kohmoto T, De Oliveira N
    Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2017 May; 103(5):1460-1466.
    [PubMed ID: 27863732]
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  • Lung transplantation for high-risk patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
    De Oliveira NC, Julliard W, Osaki S, Maloney JD, Cornwell RD, Sonetti DA, Meyer KC
    Sarcoidosis Vasc Diffuse Lung Dis 2016 Oct 07; 33(3):235-241.
    [PubMed ID: 27758988]
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  • Short-term clinical outcomes after off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting at a single Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
    Lushaj EB, Schreiner A, Jonuzi B, Badami A, DeOliveira N, Lozonschi L
    J Cardiothorac Surg 2016 May 17; 11(1):83.
    [PubMed ID: 27185173, PMC ID: 4869294]
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  • Timing and Frequency of Unplanned Readmissions After Lung Transplantation Impact Long-Term Survival.
    Lushaj E, Julliard W, Akhter S, Leverson G, Maloney J, Cornwell RD, Meyer KC, DeOliveira N
    Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2016 Aug; 102(2):378-84.
    [PubMed ID: 27154148]
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