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Philip A. Kithas
( out of 18 reviews )

Philip A. Kithas, MD, PhD

Languages spoken: English

Clinical Locations

  • Dr. Kithas has been a staff physician at the George E. Wahlen Salt Lake Veterans Health Care System for 25 years and was General Medicine Section Chief from September 1999 to October 2006 when he joined the Geriatrics Division. The majority of this time Dr. Kithas has been devoted to the clinical care of older veterans. Administratively, Dr. Kithas has been involved in efforts to improve the quality and provision of this care to veterans seen at the Salt Lake VA Medical Center and its associated CBOCs and contract clinics.

    In caring for these veterans Dr. Kithas has further developed with regard to management of their usually multiple and complex medical problems. He worked tirelessly to continue to improve the care of our veterans through clinical and administrative means while helping to educate them in becoming partners in their care. At the same time Dr. Kithas has significantly contributed to the education of future providers in the complex yet rewarding care of the older adult. Finally, Dr Kithas has developed research interests in geriatric cardiovascular medicine which is a major focus during his career e.g. cardiovascular disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and anticoagulation management in the elderly. After 25 years at the Salt Lake VA Medical Center Dr Kithas retired and moved to the University of Utah Madsen Geriatric Clinic to continue the above efforts.

    Specialties

    Board Certification

    American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)

    Patient Rating

    5.0 /5
    ( out of 18 reviews )

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    Patient Comments

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    May 26, 2023
    MADSEN HEALTH CENTER

    I am so fortunate to have this physician as my doctor. He is amazing!

    April 20, 2023
    MADSEN HEALTH CENTER

    Dr. Kithas is a doctor that really cares about those in his care Very knowledgeable, listens to all your concerns and addresses them. He and his staff have taken great care of me. I have recommended him to several of my friends.

    April 02, 2023
    MADSEN HEALTH CENTER

    Excellent attention.

    March 31, 2023
    MADSEN HEALTH CENTER

    DR PHILLIP KITHAS, IS THE BEST DOCTOR YOU HAVE ON STAFF, IVE GOT SEVERAL OTHER PHYSICIAN AT THE U OF U,THEY ARE OK BUT DR. KITHAS IS IN A CATEGORY ALL BY HIMSELF.

    March 22, 2023
    SUGAR HOUSE HEALTH CENTER

    Again A very good Dr who listens to ones needs Compassionate and kind

    March 16, 2023
    MADSEN HEALTH CENTER

    My Mom just loves Dr Kisith! He genuinely cares about her and her health!

    March 04, 2023
    MADSEN HEALTH CENTER

    Previously commented. In my opinion, Dr. Kithas is outstanding and I feel very fortunate to be one of his patients.

    January 28, 2023
    MADSEN HEALTH CENTER

    He was very thorough and very kind. He listened to my complaints patiently and answered all of my questions.

    January 27, 2023
    MADSEN HEALTH CENTER

    My experience with him is top- notch but scheduling with him is usually difficult.

  • Dr. Kithas has been a staff physician at the George E. Wahlen Salt Lake Veterans Health Care System for 25 years and was General Medicine Section Chief from September 1999 to October 2006 when he joined the Geriatrics Division. The majority of this time Dr. Kithas has been devoted to the clinical care of older veterans. Administratively, Dr. Kithas has been involved in efforts to improve the quality and provision of this care to veterans seen at the Salt Lake VA Medical Center and its associated CBOCs and contract clinics.

    In caring for these veterans Dr. Kithas has further developed with regard to management of their usually multiple and complex medical problems. He worked tirelessly to continue to improve the care of our veterans through clinical and administrative means while helping to educate them in becoming partners in their care. At the same time Dr. Kithas has significantly contributed to the education of future providers in the complex yet rewarding care of the older adult. Finally, Dr Kithas has developed research interests in geriatric cardiovascular medicine which is a major focus during his career e.g. cardiovascular disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and anticoagulation management in the elderly. After 25 years at the Salt Lake VA Medical Center Dr Kithas retired and moved to the University of Utah Madsen Geriatric Clinic to continue the above efforts.

    Board Certification and Academic Information

    Academic Departments Internal Medicine -Primary
    Emergency Medicine -Adjunct
    Academic Divisions Family Medicine
    Geriatrics
    Board Certification
    American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)

    Education history

    Chief Resident University of Utah School of Medicine Chief Medical Resident
    University of Utah School of Medicine Intern
    Residency University of Utah School of Medicine Resident
    Pharmacology - University of South Alabama Postdoctoral Fellow
    Professional Medical Medicine - University of South Alabama M.D.
    Pharmacology - University of South Alabama College Ph.D.
    Undergraduate Human Biology - University of South Alabama B.S.
    Undergraduate Biology - University of Utah B.A.

    Selected Publications

    Journal Article

    1. Weavil JC, Thurston TS, Hureau TJ, Gifford JR, Kithas PA, Broxterman RM, Bledsoe AD, Nativi JN, Richardson RS, Amann M (2020). Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction diminishes peripheral hemodynamics and accelerates exercise-induced neuromuscular fatigue. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, 320(1), H338-H351. (Read full article)
    2. Kithas PA, Supiano MA (2015). Hypertension in the geriatric population: a patient-centered approach. Med Clin North Am, 99(2), 379-89.
    3. Kithas PA, Supiano MA (2010). Practical recommendations for treatment of hypertension in older patients. Vasc Health Risk Manag, 6, 561-9. (Read full article)
    4. Kithas PA, Supiano MA (2010). Hypertension and chronic kidney disease in the elderly. Adv Chronic Kidney Dis, 17(4), 341-7. (Read full article)
    5. Kithas PA, Supiano MA (2010). Spironolactone and hydrochlorothiazide decrease vascular stiffness and blood pressure in geriatric hypertension. J Am Geriatr Soc, 58(7), 1327-32. (Read full article)
    6. McDaniel J, Fjeldstad AS, Ives S, Hayman M, Kithas P, Richardson RS (2010). Central and peripheral contributors to skeletal muscle hyperemia: response to passive limb movement. J Appl Physiol (1985), 108(1), 76-84. (Read full article)
    7. Haynes J Jr, Kithas PA, Taylor AE, Strada SJ (1991). Selective inhibition of cGMP-inhibitable cAMP phosphodiesterase decreases pulmonary vasoreactivity. Am J Physiol, 261(2 Pt 2), H487-92. (Read full article)
    8. Kithas PA, Artman M, Thompson WJ, Strada SJ (1989). Subcellular distribution of high-affinity type IV cyclic AMP phosphodiesterase activities in rabbit ventricular myocardium: relations to post-natal maturation. J Mol Cell Cardiol, 21(5), 507-17. (Read full article)
    9. Strada SJ, Kithas PA, Whalin ME, Thompson WJ (1989). Molecular properties of cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase isozymes. Adv Exp Med Biol, 255, 409-23. (Read full article)
    10. Artman M, Kithas PA, Wike JS, Crump DB, Strada SJ (1989). Inotropic responses to cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase inhibitors in immature and adult rabbit myocardium. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol, 13(1), 146-54. (Read full article)
    11. Artman M, Kithas PA, Wike JS, Strada SJ (1988). Inotropic responses change during postnatal maturation in rabbit. Am J Physiol, 255(2 Pt 2), H335-42. (Read full article)
    12. Kithas PA, Artman M, Thompson WJ, Strada SJ (1988). Subcellular distribution of high-affinity type IV cyclic AMP phosphodiesterase activity in rabbit ventricular myocardium: relations to the effects of cardiotonic drugs. Circ Res, 62(4), 782-9. (Read full article)
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