Hello! My name is Dr. Federico Milla and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from St. George's University, Grenada in 2000. To date, I have performed approximately 900 cardiac surgeries, of which 600 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Piedmont Heart Institute. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is my ability to connect with patients on a human level and assure them and guide them through a difficult time in their life.
Often times as surgeons, we do not put ourselves in our patient’s shoes and wonder what they are experiencing. I feel my duty as a surgeon is not only to make sure patients are medically prepared for surgery and carry out the surgical procedure as I would want done to me, but also to prepare and support patients emotionally for what they are about to experience.
"I was concerned and scared but Dr. Milla put me at ease. After the surgery, I feel better than my 'old' self. Thanks Dr. Milla!"
-- Myra O'Connor, heart valve surgery patient
"Dr. Milla and his entire team could not have taken any better care of me, from the initial sit-down conference to explain the films of the trans-esophageal electrocardiogram and the purpose of the surgery, through extensive preop planning and diagnostic studies including cardiac cath to make sure I was a good surgical candidate, then going to the operating room where I was introduced to all the professionals who would care for me there, then the open-heart surgery itself, followed by a stay in the cardiac ICU with later transfer to the "step-down" unit for the rest of my five days in the hospital. Remarkably, the head operating room nurse, Tanya, even paid me a visit on the step-down ward! No one believed my claim of being pain-free postop, but it was absolutely true. Dr. Milla is inherently compassionate and kind, and every member of his team who dealt with me was thoroughly competent and just as attentive to my safety and recovery as he was. After the hospital I spent five days in a rehab unit to give my husband a breather before I came home, and by the end of six weeks I felt better than I'd felt in a very long time.
Piedmont Hospital's Marcus Heart Valve Center is a remarkable addition to the southeast medical scene, and I've already recommended it to friends with heart-valve issues. As to the surgical result, it's four months after the operation and my heart is performing exactly as everyone hoped. I feel very blessed to have been cared for in such a fine facility by an topnotch team of helpers. "
-- Betsy White, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Median Sternotomy, Maze Procedure, 08/31/2017
-- Teresa Trimble Smith, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Replacement, 09/24/2015
He was patient and answered every single question we had regarding my upcoming surgery. He is extremely professional, kind and has a wonderful best side manner. He came in to check on me in the hospital and always came in with his calm demeanor and encouraging words. He has a wonderful support staff that was available to answer questions as well. It was a difficult experience to go through, however, Dr. Milla and his staff made it as easy as they could with their caring and supportive attitudes.
Thank you Dr. Milla for your expertise and making my heart better than ever!!!"
-- deborah thompson, 07/15/2014
-- kenneth wright, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 04/14/2014
-- Maurice Houssel, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, 03/26/2014
The determination made that my condition had advanced as much as should be allowed, Dr. Milla and his staff at Piedmont were very skilled at explaining the procedures and the risks. Theses discussions were carried out with great compassion and knowledge that indeed I, as any patient would be very frightened. They come from a place of understanding how the patient feels when presented with theses possibilities. I decided to lower my head and solider into this surgery.
Just a moment, if I may, to share a word about the Piedmont Heart team. Like Dr. Milla's team, everyone I encountered from pre-op through ICU, into hospital floor care, were outstanding at their job and treated me as if I was someone they knew and cared dearly for. They also understood that one is scared, hurting and confused and they are there for you. From Sean on the transport team making me smile with his quick wit on a trip to X-Ray, to CP Stephen who not only took great care of me on his shifts but would talk baseball with me to relive the tedium. The nursing staffs each shift were knowable of my needs and conditions. A grade "A" team.
My surgery was a success after repairing both my mitral and tricuspid valves, I am home working very hard on my recovery. The post op support is as strong as my care during my stay. My prognosis is great. For those that think maybe I am gushing too much about Dr. Milla, Dr. Brown and their teams, I challenge you to meet them, then work as hard as they do at becoming and continuing to strive to be the model patient. This is the only missing piece. You have to listen and take their advice to have a chance for this kind of experience. Good Luck and Good Health!"
-- John Scott, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 02/21/2014
-- James Andrews, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/14/2014
-- Leonard Waugh, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/06/2014
-- David Burns, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 02/04/2014
-- Luther Davis, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/28/2014
-- Debra Jefferson, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 01/27/2014
-- Benny Hurley, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 01/20/2014
Along with all these critical issues, he exhibits a warm, kind bedside manner. Although my surgery was serious, Dr. Milla made the experience as manageable as it possibly could be. I am fortunate to have had him as my surgeon."
-- Gloria Berger, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 01/07/2014
-- Harry Thompson, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/23/2013
-- jane ward, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 12/23/2013
I went to Dr. Milla yesterday for a post-op follow up and he spent a lot of time with us answering all our questions. He released me to my regular cardiologist so I won't see him any more. From my experience having mitral valve replacement I can highly recommend Dr. Milla with the Piedmont heart group."
-- Timothy Beard, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Maze Procedure, 12/16/2013
-- Robert Kerlin, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 12/12/2013
-- Alvin McPhee, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 12/09/2013
-- Patsy Willison, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, 11/20/2013
-- Scott Shaw, Mitral Valve, Tricuspid Valve, Valve Repair, 11/11/2013
Specific to heart valve surgery, you should know that I have several specialties including:
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
Dr. Federico Milla, heart surgeon, graduated from St. George's University, Grenada in 2000.
Then, Dr. Milla completed a General Surgery Residency at University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 2007 and a Thoracic Surgery Residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2010.
Dr. Milla is board certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.