The Leadership Symposium is supported by a generous educational grant from Medtronic.


7:00 am – 7:45 am


7:45 am – 8:00 am

Welcome and Introduction

Personal Leadership

Discuss the principles of developing your personal leadership.  This session will focus on the personal characteristics that make good leaders including understanding leadership and management, creating a personal vision as a leader and manager, and effectively managing stress.

Required Reading: Rath, Tom. Strengthsfinder 2.0. Gallup Press, 2017

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify their natural talents and strengths
  • Describe ideas for action that leverage a leader’s natural talents
  • Apply theories to solve various role-playing and problem-solving activities

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Welcome and Introductions

Presenter: Ron Angona, MS CCP FPP
Chief of Pediatric Perfusion, University of Rochester Medical Center, Golisano Children's Hospital

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Finding Your Leadership Strengths

Presenter: David FitzgeraldMPH CCP
Clinical Coordinator, Medical University of South Carolina

9:00 am - 10:00 am 

Case Study Interactive Exercises

Presenters: Ron Angona, MS CCP FPP
Chief of Pediatric Perfusion, University of Rochester Medical Center, Golisano Children's Hospital

David FitzgeraldMPH CCP
Clinical Coordinator, Medical University of South Carolina

Team Leadership

10:15 am – 10:30 am

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Presenter: James A. Reagor, MPS CCP FPP
Director, Cardiovascular Perfusion, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Objectives: A look at the five levels of team dysfunction based upon the book by Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of A Team

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Leading Inside the Box

Presenter: Jeffrey Riley, MHPE CCP
SUNY Upstate Medical University

Objectives: An examination of the Leadership Matrix and expanding leadership capital

10:45 am - 11:45 am

Interactive Session

Objectives: Discussion of participant’s Leadership Matrix results from their prerequisite work.
Guided/spontaneous interactive session examining challenging team situations

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Luncheon Speaker

The Leadership Journey in Industry and How It Could Apply to Perfusion Leaders

Presenter: Karim Bandali, Ph.D.
Vice President of Cardiac Surgery Marketing, Medtronic

Organizational Leadership 

This session will include strategies for managing-up, negotiating, and strategic planning.

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Navigating Towards Important: What to Focus on and Who to Talk to

Presenter: Katy E. Perkins, MS MBA
Administrative Director, Division of Cardiac Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital

Objectives: Discuss strategies for managing stakeholders across the organization, strategizing conversations with different role groups and prioritizing important versus urgent tasks needed to solve problems

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Interactive Session

Objectives: Mentors and learners will be presented with scenarios that perfusion leaders experience and asked to strategize the conversations needed to navigate within the organization. Learners will also be encouraged to share challenging situations they have witnessed or experienced related to organizational leadership   

Using Data to Drive Quality Improvement

This session will equip participants with:

  • The knowledge and tools they need to be successful when designing quality improvement projects
  • Effective communication strategies for addressing behaviors that undermine a culture of safety

3:15 pm - 3:35 pm

Back to the Basics: Principles Underlying Quality Improvement

Presenters: Donald Likosky, PhD
Section Head, Department of Cardiac Surgery, University of Michigan Medical School 

Tami M. Rosenthal, BS MBA CCP LP FPP
Chief Perfusionist, Perfusion Services, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

3:35 pm - 4:15 pm

Interactive Session 1

4:15 pm - 4:55 pm

Interactive Session 2

4:55 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

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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