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Ralph James Damiano, Jr., MD

Evarts A. Graham Professor, Surgery
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Specialty Areas

Cardiac Surgery
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Arrhythmia Surgery
Coronary Artery ByPass Graft (CABG)
Off Pump Cardiac Surgery
Robotic-Assisted Cardiac Surgery

Board Certifications

Surgery
Thoracic Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Areas of Clinical Interest

Cardiac surgery, arrthymia surgery, endoscopic coronary artery bypass grafting, beating heart surgery, coronary artery revascularization, valve repair and replacement, arrhythmia surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, myocardial preservation, surgical electrophysiology, transmyocardial laser revascularization, TMR, HCM, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with obstruction

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  • Education
  • Publication & Research
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Location(s)

Location(s)

Center for Advanced Medicine
Heart & Vascular Center

4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO 63110

Suite: A
Floor: 8
Office Phone: 314-362-7327
Fax: 314-747-0917

Education

Education

Senior Residency: Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 1988
Research Fellow: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 1984
Residency: Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 1982
Medical Degree: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina 1980
B.A.: Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 1976

Publication & Research

Publication & Research

30 Years of Surgical Ablation for "Stand-Alone" Atrial Fibrillation: Have We Abandoned an Evidence- Driven Approach?
Damiano RJ Jr, MacGregor R
Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 Oct 4; pii: S0003-4975(19)31491-2. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.08.099.

PMID:
    31589860
    [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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Post-coronary artery bypass graft atrial fibrillation event count and survival: differences by sex.
Filardo G, Pollock BD, da Graca B, Phan TK, Damiano RJ Jr, Ailawadi G, Thourani V, Edgerton JR
Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 Oct 4; pii: S0003-4975(19)31490-0. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.08.098.

PMID:
    31589856
    [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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Ethical standards for cardiothoracic surgeons' participation in social media.
Varghese TK Jr, Entwistle JW 3rd, Mayer JE, Moffatt-Bruce SD, Sade RM, Cardiothoracic Ethics Forum.
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019 Oct; 158(4)1139-1143. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2019.03.029.

PMID:
    31262539
    [PubMed - in process]
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Ethical Standards for Cardiothoracic Surgeons' Participation in Social Media.
Varghese TK Jr, Entwistle JW 3rd, Mayer JE, Moffatt-Bruce SD, Sade RM, Cardiothoracic Ethics Forum.
Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 Sep; 108(3)666-670. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.04.003.

PMID:
    31262490
    [PubMed - in process]
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Postoperative atrial fibrillation: Sex-specific characteristics and effect on survival.
Filardo G, Ailawadi G, Pollock BD, da Graca B, Phan TK, Thourani V, Damiano RJ Jr
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019 May 18; pii: S0022-5223(19)31037-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2019.04.097.

PMID:
    31208806
    [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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Late Outcomes of Surgical Ablation for Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia.
Khiabani AJ, Greenberg JW, Hansalia VH, Schuessler RB, Melby SJ, Damiano RJ Jr
Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 Oct; 108(4)1162-1168. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.03.103.

PMID:
    31077661
    [PubMed - in process]
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Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients With Tachycardia-Induced Cardiomyopathy.
Adademir T, Khiabani AJ, Schill MR, Sinn LA, Schuessler RB, Moon MR, Melby SJ, Damiano RJ Jr
Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 Aug; 108(2)443-450. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.01.088.

PMID:
    30928552
    [PubMed - in process]
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A 20-year multicenter analysis of dialysis-dependent patients who had aortic or mitral valve replacement: Implications for valve selection.
Manghelli JL, Carter DI, Khiabani AJ, Gauthier JM, Moon MR, Munfakh NA, Damiano RJ, Corvera JS, Melby SJ
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019 Sep; 158(3)805-813.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2018.10.168.

PMID:
    30685160
    [PubMed - in process]
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Ostium Ratio and Neck Ratio Could Predict the Outcome of Sidewall Intracranial Aneurysms Treated with Flow Diverters.
Paliwal N, Tutino VM, Shallwani H, Beecher JS, Damiano RJ, Shakir HJ, Atwal GS, Fennell VS, Natarajan SK, Levy EI, Siddiqui AH, Davies JM, Meng H
AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2019 Feb; 40(2)288-294. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A5953.

PMID:
    30679216
    [PubMed - in process]
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Outcomes After the MitraClip Procedure in Patients at Very High Risk for Conventional Mitral Valve Surgery.
Manghelli JL, Carter DI, Khiabani AJ, Maniar HS, Damiano RJ Jr, Sintek MA, Lasala JM, Zajarias A, Melby SJ
Innovations (Phila). 2018 Nov/Dec; 13(6)433-437. doi: 10.1097/IMI.0000000000000571.

PMID:
    30543578
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Innovations: The Journey Continues Under New Leadership.
Damiano RJ Jr
Innovations (Phila). 2018 Nov/Dec; 13(6)381-382. doi: 10.1097/IMI.0000000000000574.

PMID:
    30540592
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Management of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: Review of the Literature.
Khiabani AJ, Adademir T, Schuessler RB, Melby SJ, Moon MR, Damiano RJ Jr
Innovations (Phila). 2018 Nov/Dec; 13(6)383-390. doi: 10.1097/IMI.0000000000000570.

PMID:
    30516572
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Observed to expected 30-day mortality as a benchmark for transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
Henn MC, Zajarias A, Quader N, Sintek M, Lasala JM, Koogler K, Damiano MS, Kachroo P, Miller DC, King CR, Melby SJ, Moon MR, Damiano RJ Jr, Maniar HS
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Jul 27; pii: S0022-5223(18)32031-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2018.06.097.

PMID:
    30454980
    [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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The hemodynamic and atrial electrophysiologic consequences of chronic left atrial volume overload in a controllable canine model.
Ruaengsri C, Schill MR, Lancaster TS, Khiabani AJ, Manghelli JL, Carter DI, Greenberg JW, Melby SJ, Schuessler RB, Damiano RJ Jr
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Nov; 156(5)1871-1879.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2018.05.078.

PMID:
    30336917
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Novel Geometric Approach for Virtual Coiling.
Chen Z, Chen D, Wang X, Damiano RJ, Meng H, Xu J
Theor Comput Sci. 2018 Jul 22; 7343-14. doi: 10.1016/j.tcs.2018.02.013.

PMID:
    30250355
    [PubMed]
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Graduate Subspecialty and Perceptions of Cardiothoracic Surgery Training: A 60-Year Retrospective Study.
Antonoff MB, Luc JGY, Patterson GA, Meyers BF, Damiano RJ Jr, Moon MR
Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 Jan; 107(1)285-293. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.07.043.

PMID:
    30240766
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Minimally Invasive Versus Full-Sternotomy Septal Myectomy for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.
Musharbash FN, Schill MR, Hansalia VH, Schuessler RB, Leidenfrost JE, Melby SJ, Damiano RJ Jr
Innovations (Phila). 2018 Jul/Aug; 13(4)261-266. doi: 10.1097/IMI.0000000000000536.

PMID:
    30138243
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Transplantation of Lungs Procured From a Donor With an Atrioesophageal Fistula.
Takahashi T, Gauthier JM, Albertin EK, Damiano RJ Jr, Patterson GA, Bierhals AJ, Pasque MK, Hachem RR, Puri V, Kreisel D
Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 Feb; 107(2)e121-e122. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.06.049.

PMID:
    30081029
    [PubMed - in process]
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Message From the Editor.
Damiano RJ Jr
Innovations (Phila). 2018 Sep; 13 Suppl 3S55. doi: 10.1097/IMI.0000000000000514.

PMID:
    29994934
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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The Cox-maze IV procedure in its second decade: still the gold standard?
Ruaengsri C, Schill MR, Khiabani AJ, Schuessler RB, Melby SJ, Damiano RJ Jr
Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2018 Apr 1; 53(suppl_1)i19-i25. doi: 10.1093/ejcts/ezx326.

PMID:
    29590383
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Videos

Videos

Areas of Research Interest

Surgical treatment of arrhythmias,pathophysiology of surgical ischemia, hyperpolarizing cardioplegia, cell volume regulation during cardioplegia, transplant preservation (donor heart), surgical robotics, minimally invasive cardiac surgery