University of Wisconsin–Madison

Nilto De Oliveira, MD

Associate Professor

  • 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:

    • 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. 2017 Dec 21;
    • [PubMed ID: 29276106]
    • Cluster analysis of acute ascending aortic dissection provides novel insight into mechanisms of distal progression.
    • Philip JL, De Oliveira NC, Akhter SA, Rademacher BL, Goodavish CB, DiMusto PD, Tang PC
    • J Thorac Dis 2017 Sep; 9(9): 2966-2973
    • [PubMed ID: 29221269]
    • 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]
    • Coronary bypass in left ventricular dysfunction and differential cardiac recovery.
    • Lozonschi L, Kohmoto T, Osaki S, De Oliveira NC, Dhingra R, Akhter SA, Tang PC
    • Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann 2017 Nov; 25(9): 586-593
    • [PubMed ID: 29153000]
    • 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]

All Publications on PubMed