International Conference

AmSECT 61st International Conference Agenda

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Please see below for an overview of the AmSECT 61st International Conference agenda. All session times are in Eastern Standard Time. Please note that sessions and topics are subject to change. 

Continuing Education Credits

AmSECT has been approved for up to 28.8 Category 1 CEUs through the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP). CEUs can be earned by attending the conference in-person or virtually from March 24-26, with additional CEUs available for the in-person pre-conference workshops and the virtual Encore Day. 

Conference Day CEUs
Friday, March 24, 2023 12.0 CEUs
Saturday, March 25, 2023 9.3 CEUs
Sunday, March 26, 2023 5.7 CEUs
Encore Day - Tuesday, April 4, 2023 1.8 CEUs
Total CEUs 28.8 CEUs


Pre-conference Sessions CEUs
SixSigma 9.6 CEUs
Perfusionists' Intraoperative Non-Technical Skills Workshop 9.6 CEUs
Gaining Comfort with the Uncomfortable: Adverse Events and Challenging Conversations 3.0 CEUs
Certified ECMO Specialist - Pediatric Exam Preparation Course 3.0 CEUs

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Encore Day

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

The focus of this Encore Day at the 61st AmSECT International Conference will be sharing strategies for implementing lessons learned at our Orlando conference.


  1. Welcoming Remarks
  2. Lessons Learned and Strategies for Local Dissemination and Change
    • Pre-Conference Workshops
    • Pediatric Track
    • Adult Track
    • Student Track
  3. Concluding Remarks

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Registration Desk Open

Thursday, March 23 | 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Register or pick-up your badge at the Registration Desk in the Plaza International Foyer (Hyatt Regency Orlando | 9801 International Dr. | Orlando, FL 32819)

Pre-Conference Sessions

The pre-conference sessions will be held in-person on Thursday, March 23, 2023Please note that pre-conference workshops are subject to separate registration fees. 

Pre-Conference Session

Pre-Conference Session: Certified ECMO Specialist - Pediatric Exam Preparation Course and Exam (in-person)
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM (Preparation Course) and 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Exam) Eastern Standard Time

AmSECT and the International Board of Blood Management (IBBM) will be offering a brand new Certification Exam at the International Conference. The CES-P exam certifies the knowledge, skills and abilities of the Pediatric ECMO Specialist, as an integral member of the multidisciplinary ECMO team for hospitals worldwide. The exam is intended for all allied health professionals monitoring Pediatric ECMO patients.

Preparation Course led by:
Ashley Walczak, MBA CCP FPP
Justin Sleasman, MS CCP
David Hebert, RRT
Leen Vercaemst, RN ECCP (Belgium)

Participants in the Certified ECMO Specialist- Pediatric Exam Preparation Course will be exposed to the following topics in order to prepare for the CES-P exam:

  • Pathology and Anatomy
  • Safety and Failure
  • Cannulation
  • Anticoagulation
  • Lab Analysis
  • Pharmacology
  • Initiation, Weaning and Monitoring
  • Terminology and Team Communication


Pre-Conference Session

Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification Course
Sponsored by PerfusionLife

Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Led by:

Stephen Mayfield, DHA MBA MBB
Karim Jabr, CCP LP CSSBB

Participants in the Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt workshop will gain tools and understanding of methods to improve the care stream in order to support the best delivery of perfusion services and care.  The workshop uses actual healthcare examples to demonstrate applications of Lean Six Sigma methods.  Upon completion of the workshop, participants will: (1) achieve a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt; and (2) be prepared to take a leadership role in identifying care stream opportunities and offering tools and solutions to improve care and outcomes while reducing costs of care.

Goals of the Workshop

In a hands-on manner, participants will learn how to:

  • Recognize the attributes of a Lean Enterprise
  • Create process maps of the current state
  • Identify obstacles/problems in the care stream (“wastes”)
  • Recognize value-add and non-value-add activities in the care stream
  • Create a future state (improved care stream) that optimizes value-add activities
  • Incorporate continuous improvement methods
  • Apply the DMAIC methodology to projects
  • Use the 13-step “How-To” project approach in their organization


Pre-Conference Session

Perfusionists' Intraoperative Non-Technical Skills Workshop
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Led by:
Nina Paugh, CCP FPP CHSE
Shahna Helmick , BS CCP
Robb Johnson, CCP RRT
Jane Ottens, B.Sc. CCP (ANZ) LFANZCP
Luc Puis, RN ECCP

This pre-conference workshop will focus on the use of non-technical skill assessment (PINTS) in a simulation session. This simulation will evaluate the feasibility of non-technical skills assessment during simulation as well as promote the use of the PINTS tool to assess perfusion non-technical skills and behaviors. Participants will increase their awareness of non-technical skills performance in improving quality and safety of perfusion care and management.


Pre-Conference Session

Gaining Comfort with the Uncomfortable: Adverse Events and Challenging Conversations
Time: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Led by:
James A. Reagor, MPS CCP FPP
Chelsea Capone, CCP

Perfusionists are trained to successfully maneuver stressful situations in the operating room. But what happens when difficulties arise in other facets of perfusion including team dynamics, interpersonal conflicts and other professional challenges? This seminar will provide insight for participants navigating these issues by delving into self and team assessments as well as learning how to approach, navigate and find resolutions.


Friday, March 24, 2023

TIME (EST) Sessions
*All times listed in Eastern Standard Time
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM Breakfast in the Plaza International Ballroom H - K
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Welcome and Presidential Address
(including the recognition of the Service Award Recipients)
Tami Rosenthal, CCP MBA FPP

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

John H. Gibbon Jr. Award Presentation

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Adult Session: Blood Transfusion Guidelines

Moderators: Karim Jabr, CCP LP CSSBB and  Kenneth Shann, CCP

A. Review of the 2021 Blood Management Guidelines
Robert Baker, CCP Aust PhD

B. Guidelines: Is the Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?
David Fitzgerald, DHA MPH CCP

C. Advancing Blood Management Practices Using Clinical Registry Data
Nathan Minie, CCP MS

Pediatric Session: Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Bypass Management

Moderators: Molly Oldeen MS CCP FPP and Tami Rosenthal, CCP MBA FPP

A. Cardiac Index: Is There A Limit?
James Reagor, MPS CCP FPP

B. Transfusion triggers in Pediatric CPB and the Connection to DO2
Brian Mejak, BS CCP FPP

C. Lactate Management in Pediatric CPB
Justin Sleasman, MS CCP

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Adult Session: Adult Abstracts

Moderators: Jane Ottens, B.Sc. CCP (ANZ) LFANZCP and Donald Likosky, PhD

A. Protamine Dose to Neutralize Heparin at the Completion of Cardiopulmonary Bypass can be Reduced Significantly without Affecting Post-operative Bleeding
Min-Ho Lee, PhD CCP (Massachusetts General Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)

B. Cardioplegia Provides Myocardial Protection via Nrf2 Activation or Energy Metabolism Preservation
Hongting Diao, student (University of Arizona)

C. A Graduate Level Immersive-Simulation Program for Teaching and Assessing Fundamental Skills in Entry Level Clinical Perfusionists
Bruce Searles, PhD CCP LP CES-a (SUNY Upstate Medical University)

D. Finding a Needle in a Haystack: In Search of a Biomarker to Accurately Predict the Transplant Outcome of OCS-Perfused DCD Hearts
Nathan Minie, CCP MS (Massachusetts General Hospital)

E. High sensitivity Troponin-T profile post multi-dose del Nido Cardioplegia
Robert Baker, CCP Aust PhD (Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders University)

F. An In-Vitro Study Comparing Gaseous Microemboli Handling of Adult PMP Membrane Oxygenators
Daniel Nguyen (Medical University of South Carolina)

Pediatric Session: Pediatric Abstracts

Moderators: James Reagor, MPS CCP FPP and Tyler Kelting, CCP

A. Modifications to Our Surgical Model Enhance our Cannulation Training and Improve Cannulation Times
 David Palmer (UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh)

B. Perfusion Techniques for an 800g Premature Neonate Undergoing Repair of Transposition of the Great Arteries
Richard Owens, CCP FPP LP (University of Texas Dell Medical School, Dell Children's Medical Center)

C. Pediatric Robotic Mitral Valve Replacement- A Case Report
 Tyler Wahl, MHS CCP (Yale New Haven Hospital)

D. Effects of Glenn and Fontan Procedures in Achieving Optimal Connect Perfusion Variables During Cardiopulmonary Bypass
Amber Palmer, MS CCP (UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh)

E. Evaluation of phentolamine therapy in hypothermic cardiopulmonary bypass on end organ perfusion
Mark Nuszkowski, MPS CCP FPP (Children’s National Hospital)

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Advancing Patient Safety and Surgical Outcomes: Lessons Learned from Space Travel and Other High-Risk Industries
Keynote speaker: James Bagian, MD PE (Former NASA Astronaut Turned Patient Safety Expert)
Moderator: Donald Likosky, PhD

12:00 PM - 12:10 PM


12:10 PM - 1:10 PM

Sponsored Lunch Session:
SMART Advances in the evolution of ECMO

Sponsored by Medtronic
Dave Mast, CCP (Chief of Perfusion Services at The Ohio State University)

1:10 PM - 1:15 PM

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Adult Session: The Changing Landscape of Myocardial Protection within Adult Cardiac Surgery

Moderators: Donald Likosky, PhD, and Tarik Bonas

A. Pathophysiology of Myocardial Injury
Kathy Kibler, CCP

B. Updates on Whole Blood Cardioplegia: Mechanisms, Use and Impact within Adult Cardiac Surgery
Kathy Kibler, CCP

C. Updates on Crystalloid/Custodial Cardioplegia: Mechanisms, Use and Impact within Adult Cardiac Surgery
Bill Nicotra, MSL CCP LP

D. Updates on del Nido Cardioplegia: Mechanisms, Use and Impact within Adult Cardiac Surgery
Whitney Peters, CCP

Pediatric Session: Great Debates in Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Bypass

Moderators: Ron Angona, MS MBA CCP FPP and Chelsea Capone, CCP FPP

 Debate #1: Are Pediatric Patients Just Smaller Adults?

 Pro -  Bruce Searles, PhD CCP LP CES-a
Con - Edward Darling, MS LP CCP

Debate #2: Optimal Oxygen Management Strategy:

Hyperoxia -  Kevin Connor, CCP LP FPP
Normoxia - Nicole Michaud, MS CCP LCP CPBMT

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Adult Session: Houston, We Have a Problem: Assessing Non-Technical Skills of Perfusionists

Moderators: Christa Kampert, MHA CCP LP and Mellissa Duarte, CCP

A. Simulated-based Assessments of Perfusionist Non-technical Skills
Shahna Helmick, BS CCP

B. Hot off the Press: Evaluating Non-technical Skills Assessments at Scientific Venues - a Pilot Study
Laura Dell'Aiera, MHA CCP

C. Advancing Perfusion Certification: the Role of Non-technical Skills Assessments
David Fitzgerald, DHA MPH CCP

Pediatric Session: Quality Initiatives

Moderators: Greg Mork, CCP and Brian Mejak, BS CCP FPP

A. Quality Improvement in Anesthesia (CCAS Collaboration)
Morgan Brown, MD

B. How to Utilize Data in Your Own Department for Process Improvement
Vince Olshove, CCP FPP

C. Quality Improvement Process for Norwood
Melissa Sindelar, CCP FPP

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM


4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Adult Session: Interesting Case Reports Based On the Protocols

Moderators: Jennifer Baeza, CCP and Donald Likosky,PhD

A. AmSECT's Protocol Project
Shahna Helmick, BS CCP

B. Case Report #1
Mell Duarte, CCP

C. Testimonial on the Report
Mell Duarte, CCP

D. Case Report #2: Achieving Anticoagulation for Bypass
Raymond Kennedy

E. Testimonial on the Report
Raymond Kennedy

F. Case Report #3: HIT The Ground Running
Brandon Boyson, BS RRT

G. Testimonal on the Report
Brandon Boyson, BS RRT

Pediatric Session: Current Trends and Practices in Pediatric Perfusion - Open Forum

Moderators: Ron Angona, MS MBA CCP FPP and Vince Olshove, CCP FPP

5:45 PM - 7:30 PM

Manufacturer's Hands-On Workshop & Reception


Saturday, March 25, 2023

TIME (EST) Sessions
*All times listed in Eastern Standard Time

7:00 AM - 7:45 AM

Sponsored Breakfast Session:
The Evolution in Perfusion Thanks to Data 

Sponsored by LivaNova
Dr. Marco Ranucci (Head of Cardiovascular Anesthesia and Intensive Care, IRCCS Policlinico San Donato)

7:45 AM - 8:00 AM


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Perfusionist of the Year/Award of Excellence Presentation

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

General Session: Going from "Good Catch" to Quality Improvement 
Michael Colligan, DHA RN CCP
Moderator: David Fitzgerald, DHA MPH CCP

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Exhibit Hall Time/Poster Viewing*

*Click here to see listing of posters
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Adult Session: Changing Landscape of Surgical Therapies for Advanced Heart Failure

Moderators: Donald Likosky, PhD and David Fitzgerald, DHA MPH CCP

A. Early Evaluation of the New Allocation System
Tom Cascino, MD

B. Current Landscape of Durable LVAD Therapy
Linda Bogar, MD

Pediatric Session: Heart Failure/VADs Outcomes & Innovation

Moderators: Ed Harman, MS CCP FPP MBA and Desiree Bonadonna, MPS CCP LP

A. Outcomes in Neonatal VADs to Transplant and to Discharge
Caleb Varner, MBA CCP FPP

B. Cannulation Strategies and Considerations for Single Ventricle Assist Devices

C. Berlin Total Artificial Heart Experience
Kevin Daley, CCP LP

D. Case Report: World's First Partial Heart Transplantation
Rachel Gambino, BS CCP LP

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM


12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Legend's Lunch: Honoring Prof. Robert Baker, CCPAust PhD
Moderators: Jane Ottens, B.Sc. CCP (ANZ) LFANZCP and Kenneth Shann, CCP

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Adult Session: Advancing Acute Cardiogenic Shock

Moderators: Christa Kampert, MHA and Angela Naef, MS

A. Acute Cardiogenic Shock - the Role of Evidence-based Treatment Programs 
Tom Cascino, MD

B. Perfusion and the Cardiogenic Shock Team
William Scott Snider, MHA CCP LP

Pediatric Session: ECMO

Moderators: Ron Angona, MS MBA CCP FPP and Melissa Sindelar, CCP FPP

A. When aPTT and aXa Don't Match: One Center's Approach to Anticoagulation
Garrett Coles, MD

B. I have 99 Problems But Bival Isn't One
Chelsea Capone, CCP FPP

C. Pursuing FDA Approval for ECMO in Children
Desiree Bonadonna, MPS CCP LP

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Exhibit Hall Time

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Adult Session: AmSECT’s 2023 Standards and Guidelines Panel

Moderators: Mark Martin, CCP and Donald Likosky, PhD

A. Intro, History and Updates of S&G
Shahna Helmick, BS CCP 

B. Using AmSECT's S&G Tools for success
Luc Puis, RN ECCP

C. New Standard 19: (A Different type of ) Crisis Management
Mark Martin, CCP

D. Elevating Practice Through Protocols & Checklists
Jillian Holler, CCP

Pediatric Session: Complications and Case Reports

Moderators: Douglas Zavadil, MPS CCP FPP and Ashley Walczak, MBA CCP FPP

A. Where is That Coming From?! A Rare Source of Air in a Pediatric ECMO Circuit
Garrett Coles, MD

B. Supporting a Teenager with Acute Heart Failure of Unknown Etiology
Kevin Daley, CCP FPP

C. Tackling Our First Heart/Liver Transplant: Lessons from Our Experience
Douglas Zavadil, MPS CCP FPP

D. ECMO for Septic Bowel Patients: What We Learned after Multiple Failures

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Perfusion Bowl Finals

5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Corporate Membership Meeting Student Session (Closed)

7:15 PM - 9:00 PM 

Offsite Social at Cuba Libre (ticket purchase required)
(9101 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819)

Sunday, March 26, 2023

TIME (EST) Sessions
*All times listed in Eastern Standard Time
7:00 AM - 7:45 AM
Sponsored Video Breakfast Session:
High-Pressure Excursion: Case Report, Literature Review, and Mitigations

Sponsored by Terumo
Steven Dove, MA PA CCP Emeritus  (Principal Clinical Specialist, Terumo Cardiovascular)
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Adult Session: Starting an eCPR program

Moderators: Mellissa Duarte, CCP and Mark Martin, CCP

A. Introduction - Mark Martin, CCP

B. E-CPR, ECMO, and other 4 letter words: A Surgeon's Perspective
Daniel Rinewalt, MD

C. A Perfusionist’s Perspective on Multidisciplinary Collaboration
Keith Bryant, MHS BSN CES-A CCP

D. A Cure for the Common Code - Perspective of a Critical Care Doctor
Jonathan Marinaro, MD

Pediatric Session: Update On Pediatric Perfusion Strategies and Innovation

Moderators: Molly Oldeen, MS CCP FPP and Molly Dreher, BSE BS CCP LP 

A. RAP in Pediatrics: An Update of the Practice
Melissa Sindelar, CCP FPP

B. Platelet Administration on CPB
Vince Olshove, CCP FPP

C. “Simplifying” Simple Modified Ultrafiltration Techniques 
David Palmer, EdD CCP LP

D. Aggressive Efforts in Pediatric CPB Circuit Miniaturization: Where Do We Go From Here?
Ron Angona, MS MBA CCP FPP

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Fellowship of Pediatric Perfusion, Abstract and Journal Awards, Pillar Awards

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM 

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

General Session: 

AmSECT's Work in Advancing You and the Specialty

Moderators: Jennifer Baeza, CCP and David Fitzgerald, DHA, MPH, CCP

A. Defining and Defending a Perfusionist's Lane
Blaine Johnson, MBA, CCP LP

B. ABCP Panel
David Boyne, CCP LP FPP

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM 


11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

General Session: AmSECT Shark Tank

During this 75-min session, each of two presenters will have the opportunity to pitch their perfusion-related innovations to our expert “Shark” panel. Each presenter will receive moderated feedback from the Sharks as well as the audience.

Moderator: Giovanni Cecere, MS CCP (InvoSurg Inc.)


  • Jeremy Engel, DHSc MHS CCP (Developer and Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, NKU MS Cardiovascular Perfusion Program)
  • Adi Rizansky Nir, PhD MBA (VP of Business Development, Inspira)
  • Adam Clark, MBA (President and Owner, PerfusionLife)


  • Luc Puis, RN ECCP
  • Doug Vincent,. BS




*Abstract Poster Presentations

Location: Exhibit Hall


Abstract Title

Presenting Author(s)



Gamification in Cardiopulmonary Simulation Based Education Dani Tost, PhD Technical University of Barcelona
Adult Mending broken hearts: Can marginal/rejected hearts be transplanted successfully? Exploring the use of ex-vivo perfusion and metabolomics in transplant medicine Joseph Catricala, CCP LP MS MA Massachusetts General Hospital
Adult Clinical evaluation of the novel Capiox NX19 adult oxygenator-a multicenter study Andreas Lemmers, RN ECCP  University hospital Antwerp (UZA)
Adult Five Year Retrospective Analysis of Lung Transplantation Outcomes Predict Perioperative Support Strategies  Amber Palmer, MS CCP University of Pittsburgh Medical Center- Presbyterian 
Adult Rapid Microfluidic Paper Assay for Detecting and Quantifying Antithrombin III  Allison Eby (student) University of Arizona
Adult A Quality Improvement Initiative to Optimize Anticoagulation Strategies for Adult Ven-Venous ECMO Support for COVID-19.

Tullika Saraf, RN CCRN (student); Grayce Owens (student); Charles Chaney, BSN RN CCRN

Medical University of South Carolina