Position: Perfusionist

Location: Houston, Texas, Houston Methodist Hospital


The Perfusionist provides skilled operation of extracorporeal circulation equipment during any medical procedure that requires supporting or replacing a patient¿s cardiopulmonary/circulatory function as well as ensuring proper management of physiologic functions through appropriate skilled monitoring.


  • Neonate (Birth to 28 days)
  • Infants/Toddlers (29 days to 18 months)
  • Toddler (18 months to 3 years)
  • Preschooler (3-6 years)
  • School Age (6-12 years)
  • Adolescence (12-18 years)
  • Young Adult (19-40 Years)
  • Middle Adult (40-65 Years)
  • Mature Adult (65 years and older)


Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:

  • INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do
  • COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions
  • RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value
  • EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate
  • Focuses on patient/customer safety
  • Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
  • Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
  • Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met
  • Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job


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  • Communicates clinical information clearly and professionally as needed to physicians,   operating room staff and nurses in ICU and acute care.  Works well with others making contributions to the work effort as a whole.  Facilitates problem resolution. (EF)
  • Demonstrates the ICARE values of the hospital and the Workgroup Commitment


  • Utilizes department resources/supplies efficiently.  Maintains an organized and well-stocked work area.  (EF)
  • Complies with the Business Practice Standards for performance.


  • Prepares, tests and operates the following equipment in accordance with standard perfusion practices to server patients:  (EF)
  • Extracorporeal Circulation (Heart Lung Machine)
  • Provisional License Required for New Perfusionist Graduates
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenator (ECMO)
  • Provisional License Required for New Perfusionist Graduates
  • Autologous Autotransfusion (Cell Saver)
  • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP)
  • Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD)
  • Blood warmers and coolers
  • Performs operational tests on all equipment related to an open-heart procedure before use.  (EF)
  • Completes all documentation related to open-heart procedures, including the Pre-Bypass Check List.  (EF)
  • Assists with insertion of intra-aortic balloon pump catheters.  Makes rounds on patients with intra-aortic balloons in place to assess operation of the device.  Documents findings from all patient rounds.  (EF)
  • Identifies and reports unsafe or malfunctioning equipment and unsafe operational practices to the Manager of Perfusion Services.  Follows all safety rules while on the job.  Reports accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards.  (EF)


  • Assists with the transport of patients with ventricular assist devices for tests or procedures within the hospital.  Documents patient transport activity.  (EF)
  • Demonstrates ServicePRIDE standards


  • Maintains current knowledge of regulations, laws, and standards which apply to Perfusion; Stays abreast of current applications of technology through personal study, individual contact, and/or professional organizations.  (EF)
  • Participates in clinical trials of new devices for circulatory support. (EF)
  • This position description is not intended to be all inclusive, and the employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management as required. The Houston Methodist Hospital reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises


  • Bachelor's Degree


  • 3 years Perfusionist experience preferred


  • Required Licenses: Licensed Perfusionist with current Texas license. Graduates of an accredited perfusion program have 180 days to obtain a Provisional License from the Texas Medical Board. Provisional licensed Perfusionists will practice under the supervision and direction of a licensed Perfusionist while performing perfusion.
  • Required Certificates: Certified Perfusionist. Graduates of an accredited perfusion program have one year to obtain certification from the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion.
  • Required Registrations: None


  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with persons of varied backgrounds including physicians, administrators, nurses and technicians
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability when performing the duties of the position as defined above
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles


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AmSECT Membership Eligibility

An Active Member shall be any perfusionist active in the practice of extracorporeal circulation technology. There are also opportunities to become a Transitional Active Member for those less than a year removed from graduation from an approved accredited training program. Other options include; an Associate Membership, International Membership, Perioperative Blood Management Clinician Membership, and Student Membership.

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