Nilto De Oliveira, MD


  • Director, Aortic Surgery
  • Director, Lung and Heart/Lung Transplant
  • Section of Cardiac Surgery
  • Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
(608) 263-0439

600 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53792-3236


  • 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. He has been in practice at UW Hospital for the past 15 years. Dr. De Oliveira has built a regional reputation for outstanding cardiac surgery outcomes. His practice comprises all aspects of adult cardiothoracic surgery with special interest in aortic surgery and aneurysms, aortic root reconstruction procedures, valve sparing aortic root replacement, Marfan syndrome, mitral valve repairs, mitral valve surgery, redo cardiac surgery operations, patients in need of multiple valve procedures, management of infective endocarditis with interest in intracardiac reconstructive procedures including reconstruction of the intervalvular fibrous body, and use of cadaveric aortic homografts for complex aortic root surgery.

Dr. De Oliveira provides a wide range of services including Surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR); Aortic root replacement and repair; Aortic Aneurysm repairs; Valve sparing aortic root replacement (David Procedure); Total aortic arch replacement, elephant trunk procedures; Coronary revascularization (CABG); Mitral valve repairs; Mitral valve replacement; ASD closure; Redo cardiac surgery operations; Multiple valve procedures; Redo multiple cardiac valve procedures; Removal of intracardiac tumors; Transcutaneous aortic valve replacement (TAVR); Surgery for infective endocarditis; Complex intracardiac reconstruction.

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

  • Papillary muscle rupture following routine aortic valve replacement.
    Fiedler AG, De Oliveira NC, Hermsen JL
    J Card Surg 2019 Dec; 34(12): 1667-1669
    [PubMed ID: 31475399]

  • New Technology, New Complications: Training the Next Generation of Cardiothoracic Surgeons.
    Fiedler AG, De Oliveira N
    Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2020 03; 109(3): 983
    [PubMed ID: 31470014]

  • The Mitral Monobloc: A Simplification for Intervalvular Fibrous Body Reconstruction in Endocarditis.
    Hermsen JL, Lushaj EB, De Oliveira NC
    Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2019 09; 108(3): e213-e215
    [PubMed ID: 31026434]

  • Outcomes of surgical aortic valve replacement for mixed aortic valve disease.
    Philip JL, Zens T, Lozonschi L, De Oliveira NC, Osaki S, Kohmoto T, Akhter SA, Tang PC
    J Thorac Dis 2018 Jul; 10(7): 4042-4051
    [PubMed ID: 30174847]

  • Natural history of the proximal aorta in patients with descending thoracic aortic disease.
    Tang PC, DiMusto PD, De Oliveira NC, Rademacher BL, Philip JL, Akhter SA, Acher CW
    J. Vasc. Surg. 2018 06; 67(6): 1659-1663
    [PubMed ID: 29276106]

All Publications on PubMed