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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

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. 2017 Nov 7; pii: S0003-4975(17)30980-3. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.06.075.

PMID:
    29126549
    [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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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. 2017 Sep 27; pii: S0022-5223(17)32137-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.09.095.

PMID:
    29056264
    [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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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 - in process]
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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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Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation in the United States: Trends and Propensity Matched Outcomes.
Badhwar V, Rankin JS, Ad N, Grau-Sepulveda M, Damiano RJ, Gillinov AM, McCarthy PM, Thourani VH, Suri RM, Jacobs JP, Cox JL
Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Aug; 104(2)493-500. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.05.016.

PMID:
    28669501
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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The Cox-Maze IV procedure for atrial fibrillation is equally efficacious in patients with rheumatic and degenerative mitral valve disease.
Labin JE, Haque N, Sinn LA, Schuessler RB, Moon MR, Maniar HS, Melby SJ, Damiano RJ Jr
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Sep; 154(3)835-844. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.03.152.

PMID:
    28583297
    [PubMed - in process]
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A Minimally Invasive Stand-alone Cox-Maze Procedure Is as Effective as Median Sternotomy Approach.
Schill MR, Sinn LA, Greenberg JW, Henn MC, Lancaster TS, Schuessler RB, Maniar HS, Damiano RJ Jr
Innovations (Phila). 2017 May/Jun; 12(3)186-191. doi: 10.1097/IMI.0000000000000374.

PMID:
    28549027
    [PubMed - in process]
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Association between hemodynamic modifications and clinical outcome of intracranial aneurysms treated using flow diverters.
Paliwal N, Damiano RJ, Davies JM, Siddiqui AH, Meng H
Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng. 2017 Feb 11; 10135pii: 101352F. doi: 10.1117/12.2254584.

PMID:
    28515570
    [PubMed]
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Expert consensus guidelines: Examining surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation.
Ad N, Damiano RJ Jr, Badhwar V, Calkins H, La Meir M, Nitta T, Doll N, Holmes SD, Weinstein AA, Gillinov M
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Jun; 153(6)1330-1354.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.02.027.

PMID:
    28390766
    [PubMed - in process]
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Postoperative atrial fibrillation: The role of the inflammatory response.
Ishii Y, Schuessler RB, Gaynor SL, Hames K, Damiano RJ Jr
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Jun; 153(6)1357-1365. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2016.12.051.

PMID:
    28274566
    [PubMed - in process]
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Late results of the Cox-maze IV procedure in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting.
Schill MR, Musharbash FN, Hansalia V, Greenberg JW, Melby SJ, Maniar HS, Sinn LA, Schuessler RB, Moon MR, Damiano RJ Jr
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 May; 153(5)1087-1094. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2016.12.034.

PMID:
    28187972
    [PubMed - in process]
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Compacting a Single Flow Diverter versus Overlapping Flow Diverters for Intracranial Aneurysms: A Computational Study.
Damiano RJ, Tutino VM, Paliwal N, Ma D, Davies JM, Siddiqui AH, Meng H
AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017 Mar; 38(3)603-610. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A5062.

PMID:
    28057633
    [PubMed - in process]
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The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 2017 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Surgical Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation.
Badhwar V, Rankin JS, Damiano RJ Jr, Gillinov AM, Bakaeen FG, Edgerton JR, Philpott JM, McCarthy PM, Bolling SF, Roberts HG, Thourani VH, Suri RM, Shemin RJ, Firestone S, Ad N
Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jan; 103(1)329-341. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.10.076.

PMID:
    28007240
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Strategies to Improve the Efficacy of Epicardial Linear Ablation on the Beating Heart.
Watanabe Y, Schill MR, Kazui T, Melby SJ, Schuessler RB, Damiano RJ Jr
Innovations (Phila). 2016 Nov/Dec; 11(6)414-419.

PMID:
    27930603
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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2015 Best Manuscript Awards.
Damiano RJ Jr
Innovations (Phila). 2016 Nov/Dec; 11(6)383-385.

PMID:
    27922991
    [PubMed]
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Learning Alternative Access Approaches for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Implications for New Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Centers.
Henn MC, Percival T, Zajarias A, Melby SJ, Lindman BR, Quader N, Damiano RJ Jr, Moon MR, Lasala JM, Rao RS, Bell J, Damiano MS, Maniar HS
Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 May; 103(5)1399-1405. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.08.068.

PMID:
    27765175
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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The Electrophysiologic Effects of Acute Mitral Regurgitation in a Canine Model.
Lawrance CP, Henn MC, Miller JR, Kopek MA, Zhang AJ, Schuessler RB, Damiano RJ Jr
Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Apr; 103(4)1277-1284. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.08.011.

PMID:
    27756468
    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery: Moving Toward Consensus and Standardization.
Damiano RJ Jr
Innovations (Phila). 2016 Jul-Aug; 11(4)233. doi: 10.1097/IMI.0000000000000302.

PMID:
    27635475
    [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