Dr. Bonnie Milas is a clinical professor of anesthesiology & critical care medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her clinical practice involves caring for patients undergoing cardio-pulmonary surgical procedures, with expertise in transesophageal echocardiography. As an intensivist she also cares for these patients in the intensive care unit following surgery. She deals with the ravages of infected heart valves from intravenous drug use, and handles the post-operative management of opioid withdrawal and pain control.
Dr. Milas is an outspoken advocate for those suffering from opioid use disorder. She is painfully aware as she has lost both sons to this disease. Dr. Milas has published opinion pieces in the Philadelphia Inquirer and USA Today in an effort to reduce social stigma. Through her work locally with the Bucks Co. Drug and Alcohol Commission and nationally with the American Society of Anesthesiologists she is an ardent educator of naloxone overdose rescue with REVIVEme.com. Dr. Milas is the Chief Narcan Rescue Officer at her institution. She is a Friend of SafeHouse-the safe injection site given the legal go-ahead in Philadelphia. She testified before the Philadelphia city council to support the SafeHouse effort. Most recently, she provided personal testimony at the FDA in support of over the counter naloxone access, which received final approval March, 2023. Dr. Milas is committed to saving lives of those suffering with OUD.