On Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, AmSECT will conduct parallel sessions during the didactic portion of the program with AATS; AmSECT will hold regular conference programming on Monday and Tuesday. 

*CEU information will be available in late March. More information to come!

Friday, APRIL 27

ECMO and IBBM Courses
*Additional registration required 

ECMO - $200 
PBMS Exam - $200
IBBM Blood Management Specialist Review Course - FREE with International Conference registration



8:00 AM – 3:30 PM  
Simultaneous Courses

Click the tracks below to view the sessions offered on Saturday:




7:30 AM – 3:00 PM  
Simultaneous Courses

Click the tracks below to view the sessions offered on Sunday:



 Sunday, April 29

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM 

Business Meeting and Awards

5:15 PM - 7:00 PM 

AmSECT/AATS Welcome Reception

 Monday, April 30

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

LivaNova Sponsored Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Scientific Session 1

4 Abstracts: 8-minute presentations, 4-minute discussion each

Moderators: Robert Longnecker, BS CCT LCP CCP and Tami Rosenthal, CCP MBA FPP

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM 

Break in the Exhibit Hall

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Scientific Session 2

4 Abstracts: 8-minute presentations, 4-minute discussion each

Moderators: Robert Longnecker, BS CCT LCP CCP and Tami Rosenthal, CCP MBA FPP

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

AmSECT President's Address

President: Kenneth Shann, CCP 

Moderator: Bill DeBois, CCP MBA

11:25 AM - 12:15 PM

AATS Presidential Address 

President: Duke Cameron, MD

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM 

Lunch in the Exhibit Hall and Poster Presentations

Moderators: Theron Paugh, BS CCP and Donald Likosky, PhD

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM 

AmSECT Quality Symposium 

1:30 PM - 1:35 PM - Introduction, Goals of Quality Symposium

                                 Speaker: Robert Baker, PhD CCP

Building the Foundation of a Great Cardiac Program

1:35 PM - 1:55 PM - Leveraging Guidelines to Improve Care

                                 Speakers: Al Stammers, MSA CCP and David A D’Alessandro, MD

1:55 PM - 2:15 PM - Moderated Panel: Challenges of Adopting Guidelines

                                  Speaker: Timothy Dickinson, MS CCP

2:15 PM - 2:40 PM - Using Registries to Initiate and Sustain Improvement

                                 Speakers: David Sturmer and Richard Prager, MD

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM - Moderated Panel: Challenges of Leveraging Registries

                                Speakers: Robert Groom and Robert Baker, PhD CCP

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM - Break

3:15 PM - 3:40 PM - Optimizing Team Communication

                                Speakers: Kenneth Shann, CCP and Thoralf Sundt, MD

3:40 PM - 4:00 PM - Moderated Panel: Challenges of Improving Team Communication

                                Speaker: Cory Alwardt, PhD CCP

Building On The Foundation – Leveraging “New” Evidence and Technology

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM - MiECC

                                 Speaker: Kyriakos Anastasiadis, MD PhD

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Moderated Panel: Challenges and Pitfalls of MiECC, Comics Trial

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM 

Perfusion Bowl Semifinals

6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

AATS President’s Dinner Featuring Jimmy Kimmel

*Purchase of a ticket is required through registration 

 Tuesday, May 1

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Business Meeting & Perfusion Without Borders presentation

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Scientific Session 3

9 Abstracts: 8-minute presentations, 4-minute discussion each

Moderators: Ashley Hodge, MBA CCP FPP and Jim Reagor, MPS CCP FPP 

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM 

Break in Exhibit Hall 

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM 

Journal Awards

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Manpower, Burn-out and PTSD

Moderators: Scott Snider, CCP LP and Renee L Axdorff-Dickey, CCP MBA 

     Perfusionist Manpower Survey

        Speaker: Bradley Kulat, CCP LP FPP

    Healthcare Provider Burnout

       Speaker: TBD

    PTSD, Lessons Learned in a Combat Hospital

       Speaker: Heidi S. Kraft, PhD

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 

Poster Presentations in Exhibit Hall

Moderators: Daniel Gomez, MT CCP FPP and Theron Paugh, BS CCP

Legally Mine Lunch Symposium in Exhibit Hall

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 

Updates in Mechanical Circulatory Support

Moderators: Cory Alwardt, CCP PhD and Amela Turnadzic

    Strengthening your VAD Program

        Speaker: Octavio Pajaro, MD

    Continual Readiness for DT Certification

        Speaker: Susan Wright, MS, RN

    Challenges in Anticoagulation during MCS

        Speaker: Oksana Volod, MD 

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM 

Perfusion Bowl Final 

Moderators: Robb Johnson, CCP and Ashley Rizzo, CCP

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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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