University of Wisconsin–Madison

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. 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.

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 Sep 02;
    • [PubMed ID: 31475399]
    • New Technology, New Complications: Training the Next Generation of CT Surgeons.
    • Fiedler AG, De Oliveira N
    • Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2019 Aug 27;
    • [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 Sep; 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