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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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Maps & Directions

Maps & Directions

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

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. 2018 Sep 18; pii: S0003-4975(18)31282-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.07.043.

PMID:
    30240766
    [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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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 - in process]
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2017 Best Manuscript Awards.
Damiano RJ Jr
Innovations (Phila). 2018 Jul/Aug; 13(4)243-244. doi: 10.1097/IMI.0000000000000529.

PMID:
    30119055
    [PubMed - in process]
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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. 2018 Aug 3; pii: S0003-4975(18)31053-1. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2018.06.049.

PMID:
    30081029
    [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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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 - in process]
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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 - in process]
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Associations Between Surgical Ablation and Operative Mortality After Mitral Valve Procedures.
Rankin JS, Grau-Sepulveda MV, Ad N, Damiano RJ Jr, Gillinov AM, Brennan JM, McCarthy PM, Thourani VH, Jacobs JP, Shahian DM, Badhwar V
Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Jun; 105(6)1790-1796. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.12.035.

PMID:
    29391145
    [PubMed - in process]
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Cardiothoracic surgery training grants provide protected research time vital to the development of academic surgeons.
Narahari AK, Charles EJ, Mehaffey JH, Hawkins RB, Schubert SA, Tribble CG, Schuessler RB, Damiano RJ Jr, Kron IL
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 May; 155(5)2050-2056. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.12.041.

PMID:
    29361300
    [PubMed - in process]
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Epidemiology of new-onset atrial fibrillation following coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
Filardo G, Damiano RJ Jr, Ailawadi G, Thourani VH, Pollock BD, Sass DM, Phan TK, Nguyen H, da Graca B
Heart. 2018 Jun; 104(12)985-992. doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2017-312150.

PMID:
    29326112
    [PubMed - in process]
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Long-Term Survival Prediction for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: Validation of the ASCERT Model Compared With The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Predicted Risk of Mortality.
Lancaster TS, Schill MR, Greenberg JW, Ruaengsri C, Schuessler RB, Lawton JS, Maniar HS, Pasque MK, Moon MR, Damiano RJ Jr, Melby SJ
Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 May; 105(5)1336-1343. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.11.045.

PMID:
    29273200
    [PubMed - in process]
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The profound impact of combined severe acidosis and malperfusion on operative mortality in the surgical treatment of type A aortic dissection.
Lawton JS, Moon MR, Liu J, Koerner DJ, Kulshrestha K, Damiano RJ Jr, Maniar H, Itoh A, Balsara KR, Masood FM, Melby SJ, Pasque MK
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Mar; 155(3)897-904. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.11.002.

PMID:
    29249502
    [PubMed - in process]
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Message From the Editor.
Damiano RJ Jr
Innovations (Phila). 2017 Dec; 12(4S Suppl 2)S89. doi: 10.1097/IMI.0000000000000446.

PMID:
    29239914
    [PubMed - in process]
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Minimally Invasive Septal Myectomy for Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy.
Musharbash FN, Schill MR, Henn MC, Damiano RJ Jr
Innovations (Phila). 2017 Nov/Dec; 12(6)489-492. doi: 10.1097/IMI.0000000000000421.

PMID:
    29232302
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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The Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network: Implications for clinical practice.
O'Gara PT, Sundt TM, Acker MA, David TE, Michler RE, Borger MA, Ailawadi G, Thourani VH, Gillinov AM, Damiano RJ, Mack MJ, Lee R, Rose EA, Gardner TJ, Miller MA, Weisel RD, Gelijns AC
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Dec; 154(6)1938-1956. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.08.016.

PMID:
    29132888
    [PubMed - in process]
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Predicting New-Onset Post-Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Atrial Fibrillation With Existing Risk Scores.
Pollock BD, Filardo G, da Graca B, Phan TK, Ailawadi G, Thourani V, Damiano RJ Jr, Edgerton JR
Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Jan; 105(1)115-121. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.06.075.

PMID:
    29126549
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Performance of the Cox-maze IV procedure is associated with improved long-term survival in patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing cardiac surgery.
Musharbash FN, Schill MR, Sinn LA, Schuessler RB, Maniar HS, Moon MR, Melby SJ, Damiano RJ Jr
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Jan; 155(1)159-170. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.09.095.

PMID:
    29056264
    [PubMed - in process]
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Pulmonary Vein Widening Plasty for Pulmonary Vein Stenosis and Occlusion After Catheter Ablation.
Van Putte BP, Smith T, De Kroon TL, Damiano RJ
Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Nov; 104(5)e411-e412. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.04.054.

PMID:
    29054242
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Methodology for Computational Fluid Dynamic Validation for Medical Use: Application to Intracranial Aneurysm.
Paliwal N, Damiano RJ, Varble NA, Tutino VM, Dou Z, Siddiqui AH, Meng H
J Biomech Eng. 2017 Dec 1; 139(12)doi: 10.1115/1.4037792.

PMID:
    28857116
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Evaluation of a Novel Cryoprobe for Atrial Ablation in a Chronic Ovine Model.
Schill MR, Melby SJ, Speltz M, Breitbach M, Schuessler RB, Damiano RJ Jr
Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Sep; 104(3)1069-1073. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.02.041.

PMID:
    28838486
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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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