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Unable to join us in person for the AmSECT 58th International Conference? Get the content you need to help improve your practice by registering for the Virtual Conference today! 

Virtual Conference Registration

AmSECT Members: $400
Non-Members: $550
Perfusion Training Programs: $200*

Single Day Virtual Conference Registration: Friday or Saturday
AmSECT Members: $200
Non-Members: $275

Single Day Virtual Conference Registration: Sunday
AmSECT Members: $100
Non-Members: $150

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*Active Perfusion Training Programs are eligible to register for the Virtual Conference at a discounted rate to allow for your classrooms to live stream the conference content. Perfusion Training Program registration includes access to all the sessions outlined below and the ability for one faculty member to claim ABCP credit for participation in the live stream event. Students are not eligible for ABCP credits. To register your program, contact for additional details or an invoice. 

CEU Approval 

The AmSECT Virtual Conference will include all sessions in the General and Pediatric Session Rooms throughout the main conference, March 6-8. The Pre-Conference Workshops will not be broadcast. The Virtual Conference has been approved for up to 23.3 CEUs, with the breakdown as follows:

Friday, March 6: Up to 10.1 Category 1 CEUs
Saturday, March 7: Up to 9.3 Category 1 CEUs
Sunday, March 6: Up to 3.9 Category 1 CEUs

Virtual Conference Agenda

Note: virtual conference attendees may choose which session to attend when multiple sessions are available. 



General Conference

Pediatric & Congenital Conference

7:30 AM- 8:00 AM

Welcome and President's Address
 Robert Longenecker, CCT LCP CCP PBMS
President's Address: William J. DeBois, MBA CCP

8:00 AM- 9:00 AM


Moderators: Robert Longenecker, CCT LCP CCP PBMS and Linda Mongero, CCP

8:00-8:15 am -Oxygen Delivery on VA ECMO: Does White and Gray Matter?, Steven Trottier, MD

8:15-8:30 am - Importance of Lactate Levels during ECMO, Cory Alwardt, PhD, CCP

8:30 -8:45 am - Class D Heart Failure: Considerations of Advanced Therapies, Faraz Masood, MD

8:45 - 9:00 am - Q&A

9:00 AM- 9:30 AM

Gibbon Award Presentation

9:30 AM-9:45 AM


9:45 AM- 10:45 AM

Scientific Abstract Presentations

Moderators: David Fitzgerald, DHA MPH CCP and Laura Dell'Aiera, MS CCP

9:45-9:57 - The Association of Low Oxygen Delivery during Cardiopulmonary Bypass on Delirium, George Justison, BS CCP

9:57-10:09 am - Does the Use of Zero-Balance Ultrafiltration during Cardiopulmonary Bypass Affect Urine Output, Al Stammers, MSA PBMS CCP (Emeritus)

10:09-10:21 am - Bridge to Heart Lung Block Transplant with Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation - Case Report, Chloe Choi, MS CCP

10:21-10:33 am - Veno-Arterial ECMO for Acute Right Heart Failure from Vaping-Induced Lung Injury, Robert Longenecker, CCT LCP CCP PBMS 

10:33-10:45 am - Development of the Adult ECMO Specialist Certification Exam, Jeff Riley, MHPE CCT CCP PBMS LP

Pediatric & Congenital Scientific Abstract Presentations

 Moderators: Dafne Chianella, CCP FPP and Isaac Chinnappan, MS CCP LCP FPP CPBMT CPBMS

9:45-9:57 - Voice and Dignity, Hallmarks of a Collaborative Team, Bharat Datt, MSc CCP CPC FPP

9:57-10:09 am - The Beginnings of Pediatric Perfusion, Vincent Olshove, Jr., CCP FPP

10:09-10:21 am - Developing an In-House ECMO Program from Scratch - Texas Children’s Hospital Experience, Mary Claire McGarry, BS RRT CCP FPP

10:21-10:33 am - ABSTRACT: Benchtop Evaluation of Flow Distribution in Multi Region Perfusion, Travis Siffring, MS CCP FPP

10:33 - 10:45 am - ABSTRACT: Evaluation of Postoperative Ventricular Function in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery with del Nido Cardioplegia, Alyssa Urso and David Fitzgerald, DHA MPH CCP

10:45 PM- 11:45 AM

Neuroprotective Strategies in Adults

Moderators: David Fitzgerald, DHA MPH CCP and Laura Dell'Aiera, MS CCP

10:45-11:00 am - Neuroprotection during Cardiac Surgery, Strategies, Mohammed Helwani, MD

11:00 - 11:15 am - Efficacy of Retrograde Cerebral Perfusion during Aortic Arch Surgery, William DeBois, MBA CCP

11:15-11:30 am - Developing Guidelines to Improve Patient Care, Robert Baker, PhD CCP

11:30 - 11:45 am - Discussion

Neuroprotective Strategies in Pediatrics

Moderators: Tami Rosenthal, MBA CCP FPP and Molly Dreher, CCP FPP

10:45-11:05 am - Intraoperative Neuromonitoring - Perfusion Considerations and Interventions, John Miller, CCP

11:05-11:25 am - Neuroprotective Strategies in Neonates and Children, Andrew Fiore, MD

11:25 - 11:45 am - Optimizing Biochemical Variables and Physiological Matrices during CPB - pH-stat Strategy in Neonates and Infants, Isaac Chinnappan, MS CCP LCP FPP CPBMT CPBMS

11:45 AM-
1:00 PM
Sponsored Lunch Presentation
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1:00 PM- 3:15 PM

ICEBP Symposium

Moderator: Robert Baker, PhD CCP

Talk 1: Safety Stories in the Operating Room1
 Robert Baker, PhD CCP
1:05-1:20 pm - Developing a High-Reliability System in a Small Perfusion Practice, Shahna Helmick, CCP

1:20-1:30 pm - Developing a High-Reliability System in a Large Perfusion Practice, Timothy Dickinson, MS CCP

Talk 2: Centers of Excellence - A Roadmap for Advancing Perfusion Quality2
Moderator: Robert Baker, PhD CCP
1:30-1:45 pm - Development of the AmSECT Pillar Award, a Center of Excellence Designation, William Scott Snider, CCP LP

1:45-1:55 pm - Anticipated Benefits & Challenges of a COE Program, David Fitzgerald, DHA MPH CCP

1:55-2:15 pm - Panel Discussion: Shahna Bronson, CCP, Timothy Dickinson, MS CCP, William Scott Snider, CCP LP, David Fitzgerald, DHA MPH CCP

Talk 3: Debate - Translating Randomized Trials into Your Clinical Practice3
Moderator: Donald Likosky, PhD

2:15-2:45 pm - DEBATE: Translating the RTC into Clinical Practice

  • GIFT Trial: Pro: TBD; Con, TBD
  • TRICS-III Trial: Pro: TBD; Con, TBD

2:45-3:15 pm - Panel Discussion: Shahna Helmick, CCP, Timothy Dickinson, MS CCP, William Scott Snider, CCP LP, David Fitzgerald, DHA MPH CCP, Robert Baker, PhD CCP

Safety, Standards, and Guidelines
for Pediatric & Congenital Perfusion

Moderators: Ashley Hodge, MBA CCP FPP & Renee Axdorff-Dickey, MBA CCP

1:00-1:30 pm - Pediatric Standards and Guidelines: Update, Ashley Hodge, MBA CCP FPP

1:30-2:00 pm - Safety & Anesthesia Considerations, Anshuman Sharma, MD

2:00-2:30 pm - Safety, Pirooz Eghtesady, MD PhD

2:30-3:15 pm - Open Discussion/Q&A

3:15 PM- 3:45 PM  Break with Exhibitors (NO LIVE STREAM)
3:45 PM-
4:45 PM

Scientific Abstract Presentations

Moderators: Robert Groom, CCP FPP and Tyler Kelting, CCP

3:45-3:57 pm - 2019 EACTS/EACTA/EBCP Guidelines on Cardiopulmonary Bypass in Adult Cardiac Surgery, Luc Puis, ECCP

3:57-4:09 pm - Assessing Quality Relative to Goal-Directed Perfusion, John St. Onge, CCP

4:09-4:21 pm - Is Obesity a Risk Factor for Acute Kidney Injury with Goal-Directed Perfusion? A Retrospective Review, Brianna Wiscount

4:21-4:33 pm - The Goal-Directed Perfusion Respiratory Profile during Cardiopulmonary Bypass in the Obese Patient, George Justison, BS CCP

4:33-4:45 pm - Metabolic Nadirs and O2ERi Role during CPB, Ignazio Condello, PhD

Pediatric & Congenital Scientific Abstract Presentations

Moderators: Alex Gum, MS CCP and Sean Clingan, MS CCP

3:45-3:57 pm - STAR: Sustained Total All Region Perfusion for Arch Repair, Travis Siffring, MS CCP FPP

3:57-4:09 pm - Impella Use in a 16yo Fontan Patient, Dafne Chianella, CCP FPP

4:09-4:21 pm - ABSTRACT: A High Fidelity Vascular Access Pad Used for Demonstration and Training with the Avalon Veno-venous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Catheter, David Palmer, EdD CCP

4:21-4:33 pm - ABSTRACT: Cardiopulmonary Bypass Techniques for RV Dependent Coronary Circulation: A Case Report, Justin Hong

4:33-4:45 pm - ABSTRACT: Bridge to Transplant for Right Heart Failure with a Protek Duo Cannula in a 12 Year Old, Melissa Sindelar, CCP

4:45 PM- 5:30 PM

Salaries, Vacancies, & Turnover
Challenges in Perfusion - Panel Discussion

Moderator: Cory Alwardt, PhD CCP

Panelists: Tami Rosenthal, MBA CCP FPP; Sean Murtha, CCP;  Timothy Dickinson, MS CCP; Jim Reagor, MPS CCP FPP

Pediatric & Congenital Case Reports 

Moderators: Mark Shepard, MHA RN CCP and Justin Sleasman, MS CCP FPP

4:45-4:56 pm - The Stanford ECMO Experience, Samantha Grace Kollmann, CCP MS

4:56-5:17 pm - Systemic Cardioplegia, Sean Clingan, MS CCP

5:17-5:28 pm - MUSC's Experience with Heart/Liver Transplantation, Dafne Chianella, CCP FPP

5:28-5:40 pm - ABSTRACT: Surgical Aortic Arch, Ventricular Septal Defect, and Atrial Septal Defect Repair on a Pygopagus Conjoined Twin Using
Simultaneous Cardiopulmonary Bypass and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation - Case Report, John Kernan

1: ICEBP Symposium Talk 1 Safety Stories in the Operating Room Learning Objective: These 2 talks would focus on advancing high-reliability approaches within perfusion care. The challenges facing different types of programs will be addressed.
2: ICEBP Symposium Talk 2: Centers of Excellence – A Proposed Roadmap for Advancing Perfusion Quality Learning Objective: The talks would focus on the rationale for AmSECT’s Pillar Award, a Center of Excellence designation, and its intended role to advance quality.
3: ICEBP Symposium Talk 3: Debate: Translating Randomized Trials into Your Clinical Practice Learning Objective: To discuss how and when to translate findings from randomized trials into your clinical practice. Two topics will be explored by examining randomized controlled trials that have looked at oxygen delivery (GIFT trial) and transfusion practices (TRICS-III).



General Conference 

Pediatric & Congenital Conference

7:00 AM-
8:00 AM
Sponsored Breakfast Presentation: 

Your Mission is our Mission:  Advancing ECLS Therapy
Sponsored by Medtronic

Scheduled Speakers:
Dave Dewindt, Senior Marketing Director, Cardiac Surgery, Medtronic
Matthew Warhoover, MS, CCP, LCP, Clinical Instructor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Fia Torres, BSN, RN, Senior Clinical Product Specialist, INVOS Cerebral/Somatic Oximetry, Medtronic

8:00 AM- 8:45 AM Perfusionist of the Year/Award of Excellence Presentations
8:45 AM-
9:00 AM

Perfusion Preceptor Modules, Craig Vocelka, MDiv CCP

9:00 AM-
10:00 AM

Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering in the Cardiac Operating Room: Roger Dias, MD PhD MBA 

Moderator: Donald Likosky, PhD
STRATUS Center of Medical Simulation - Brigham and Women's Hospital
NASA Simulation Researcher

10:00 AM-11:00 AM Break (NO LIVE STREAM)
11:00 AM- 12:15 PM

Non-Technical Skills for Perfusionists

Faculty: Roger Dias, MD PhD MBA and Donald Liksosky, PhD

12:15 PM- 1:30 PM

Legend's Lunch with Robert Bartlett, MD
University of Michigan Department of Surgery
ECMO Pioneer

Interview with Robert Groom, CCP FPP and Jeff Riley, MHPE CCT CCP PBMS LP

1:30 PM-
2:30 PM

 Adult Simulation 

Moderator: Justin Farr, CCP 

1:30-1:45 pm - ECMO Emergency Simulations for Night Shift, Charles Murphy, MD

1:45-2:00 pm - High Fidelity Simulation at NYP, Killian Patton-Rivera, MS CCP

2:00-2:15 pm- Medium Fidelity Simulation, Robb Johnson, CCP RRT

2:15-2:30 pm - Discussion

Pediatric & Congenital

Moderators:  Joe Sistino, PhD CCP FPP and Dafne Chianella, CCP FPP

1:30-1:45 pm - Simulation for Pediatric ECMO, David Palmer, EdD CCP

1:45-2:00 pm - Developing Simulation Training for Pediatric ECMO Programs, Rachel Gambino, CCP LP

2:00-2:15 pm - Simulation for Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Bypass, Bruce Searles, MS CCP LP

2:15-2:30 pm - Massive Air Embolism Simulation, Joe Sistino, PhD CCP FPP

2:30 PM-
3:15 PM


3:15 PM-
4:15 PM

Scientific Abstract Presentations

Moderator: Robert Baker, PhD CCP and Krysta Gleeson, CCP

3:15-3:27 pm - Use of Nomogram for Improving Effectiveness of Intraoperative Autologous Donation,  William DeBois, MBA CCP 

3:27-3:39 pm - Evaluating the Rapid Diffusion of Cardioplegia Practices Among Adult Cardiac Surgical Patients, Donald Likosky, PhD

3:39-3:51 pm - Do Single-Dose Cardioplegic Solutions Cause Myocardial Edema and Stunning?, Serdar Gunaydin, MD PhD

3:51-4:03 pm - Point-of-care Measurement of Kaolin Activated Clotting Time during Cardiopulmonary Bypass: Comparison between ACT Plus and i-STAT, Nousjka Vranken, BASc

4:03-4:15 pm - The Effect of Antifibrinolytic Use on Intraoperative Autotransfusion: Results from a National Registry of Surgical Procedures, Al Stammers, MSA PBMS CCP (Emeritus)

Living Life with Congenital Heart Disease: Hannah's Journey

Moderator: Ashley Hodge, MBA CCP FPP

Dharam Goel, MD and Hannah Tracy, patient

4:15 PM-
5:15 PM

Cardiogenic Shock - Bailouts and Algorithms

Moderators: Cory Alwardt, PhD CCP and Amanda Crosby, MS CCP

4:15-4:30 pm - Team Approach to Cardiogenic Shock, Charles Murphy, MD

4:30-4:45 pm - Cardiopulmonary Bypass Bailouts, Kunal Kotkar, MD

4:45-5:15 pm- Panel discussion 

Pediatric & Congenital

Mechanical Circulatory Support

Moderators: Jim Reagor, MPS CCP FPP and Mark Shepard, MHA RN CCP

4:15-4:30 pm - Stanford's VAD Experience, Samantha Grace Kollmann, CCP MS

4:30-4:45 pm - The Evolution of Ventricular Assist Devices at Texas Children's Hospital - A 25 Year Experience, Mary Claire McGarry, BS RRT CCT FPP

4:45-5:00 pm - St. Louis Children's Hospital S-VAD, Mark Shepard, MHA RN CCP

5:00-5:15 pm - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's VAD Experience, Molly Dreher, CCP FPP

5:15 PM-
6:00 PM 

AmSECT Business Meeting



General Conference

Pediatric & Congenital Conference

8:00 AM-
9:00 AM

Electronic Perfusion Records in Adults

Moderators: Laura Trotta, MS CCP and Theron Paugh, BS CCP

8:00-8:30 am - Debate: "Electronic Charting Should be an AmSECT Standard" - Kenny Shann, CCP (pro) and David Fitzgerald, DHA MPH CCP (con)

8:30-9:00 am - How EMRs & Data Acquisition Improve Patient Care, James Beck, CCP

Pediatric & Congenital

Healthcare IT / Perfusion EMR

Moderators: Tami Rosenthal, MBA CCP FPP and Mark Shepard, MHA RN CCP

8:00-8:15 am - Capability of the Quantum EMR, Todd Ratliff, CCP FPP

8:15-8:30 am - EMR Implementation at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Jim Reagor, MPS CCP FPP 

8:30-8:45 am - EPIC, Molly Dreher, CCP FPP

8:45-9:00 am - Tallis, Miguel Cesares, CCP

9:00 AM-
10:00 AM

Fellow of Pediatric Perfusion Awards, Abstract and Journal Awards, President's Awards, Perfusion Without Borders Presentation

10:00 AM-
10:15 AM


10:15 AM-
11:30 AM

Strategic Directed Perfusion: No Time to Waste - How Do We Apply the European Bypass
Guidelines Into Practice

Talk 1: "It’s a Big Deal!”: The 2019 EACTS/EACTA/EBCP Guidelines on Cardiopulmonary Bypass in Adult Cardiac Surgery7
Moderator: David Fitzgerald, DHA MPH CCP

10:15-10:45 am - Luc Puis, ECCP

Talk 2: Translating Guidelines into Practice8
Moderator: Luc Puis, ECCP

10:45 - 10:55 am -TBD
10:55 - 11:05 am - PERForm Registry, Donald Likosky, PhD
11:05 - 11:15 am - ANZCPR Registry, Robert Baker, PhD CCP

Panel Discussion
11:15 - 11:30 am - Donald Likosky, PhD, Robert Baker, PhD CCP

Pediatric & Congenital
Strategic Directed Perfusion

Moderators: Jim Reagor, MPS CCP FPP  and Dafne Chianella, CCP FPP

10:15-10:30 am - Faster or Stronger?, Jim Reagor, MPS CCP FPP 

10:30-10:45 am - “I know you are, but what am I?”: Intraoperative DO2 monitoring for Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Ashley Hodge, MBA CCP FPP

10:45-11:00 am -  DO2 to Establish Adequacy of Perfusion, Isaac Chinnapan, MS CCP LCP FPP CPBMT CPBMS

11:15-11:30 am - Frontiers in Pediatric Adequacy of Perfusion Research, Alex Gum, MS CCP


11:30 AM-
12:30 PM

ECMO (Adult)

Moderators: Robert Longenecker, CCT LCP CCP PBMS and Laura Trotta, MS CCP

11:30-11:45 am - Severe ARDS and Patient Selection, Michael Plisco, MD

11:45 am-12:00 pm - ECMO Ambulation and Intra-Hospital Transportation, Chrysta Terenzi Maenhout, CCP

12:00-12:15 pm - Use of NIRS and Indication for Distal Perfusion Cannulation, Killian Patton-Rivera, MS CCP

12:15-12:30 pm - Discussion

ECMO (Pediatric & Congenital)

Moderators: Tami Rosenthal, MBA CCP FPP and Todd Ratliff, CCP FPP

11:30 -11:45 am - ECMO Transport, Justin Sleasman, CCP MS FPP

11:45 am-12:00 pm - Left Ventricle Unloading in Pediatrics VA ECMO, Erik Madsen, MD PhD

12:00-12:15 pm - Sharing ECMO: Dividing Labor Between Specialists and Perfusionists, Alex Gum, MS CCP

12:15-12:30 pm - Revamping ECMO Circuits and More, Bharat Datt, MSc CCP CPC FPP 

7: Strategic Directed Perfusion: Talk 1: "It's a Big Deal!" The 2019 EACTS/EACTA/EBCP Guidelines on Cardiopulmonary Bypass in Adult Cardiac Surgery Learning Objectives: Learn from the first author, Luc Puis, the significance/importance of the European Guidelines

  • Roadmap for how modern adult CPB should be conducted, summarizing the scientific bases on CPB techniques
  • Need to minimize practice variation and further standardization –improve patient outcomes
  • Need to leverage collaborative/multidisciplinary approaches
  • Identifying areas where future research is required

8: Strategic Directed Perfusion: Talk 2: Translating Guidelines Into Practice Learning Objectives: Using existing perfusion registries from around the globe, we will evaluate the generalizability of guideline recommendations and identify potential areas for translating the evidence-based recommendations into practice.

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