AmSECT Webinars

Want to expand your perfusion knowledge? Consider joining us for one of our webinars! See below for additional details on upcoming and past webinars hosted by AmSECT.

Current Webinars

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Past Webinars

Abbott Webinar: It Takes a Village: An Interdisciplinary Team-Based Approach to ECMO

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Time: 1:30 pm EST/ 12:30 pm CST/ 11:30 am MST/ 10:30 PST

Overview: This webinar, sponsored by Abbott, will discuss the advantages of a multidisciplinary team-based approach to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy as a strategy to improved outcomes.

By the end of this discussion, attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss how a cross-functional collaborative team can improve clinical outcomes of ECMO therapy.
  • Identify the benefits of EMCO delivery standardization and the key strategies for efficient communication between ECMO programs within a healthcare system.
  • Discuss the use of the CentriMag™ Acute Circulatory Support System for ECMO therapy.

Gary Schwartz, M.D.
Director, ECMO Program
Department of Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplantation
Baylor University Medical Center

Abbott Webinar: Promoting Quality Outcomes in ECMO Application

Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Time: 1:30 pm EST/ 12:30 pm CST/ 11:30 am MST/ 10:30 PST

Overview: This Abbott-sponsored webinar will discuss considerations for decision-making from the first hours of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to transitioning off support with Dr. Aditya Bansal, Dr. Gary Schwartz and Dr. Christian Bermudez.

Dr. Aditya Bansal
Surgical Director of Thoracic Transplantation
Surgical Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support Program and ECMO
Ochsner Clinic Foundation
New Orleans, LA

Dr. Gary Schwartz
Director of ECMO
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, TX

Dr. Christian Bermudez
Director of Thoracic Transplantation
Surgical Director of Lung Transplantation and ECMO
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Abbott Webinar: Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO): Then and Now

Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Time: 1:30 pm EST/ 12:30 pm CST/ 11:30 am MST/ 10:30 PST

Overview: This Abbott-sponsored webinar will discuss the historical progression of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) from first in-man clinical application to modern clinical practices and future advancements in technology. 

Audience: Healthcare professionals who are involved in the care of patients on acute MCS devices.

At the end of this webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand the first applications of ECMO in a clinical setting, and review Abbott’s historical significance as it relates to ECMO support
  • Review the clinical benefits of Full MagLev™ Flow Technology, the CentriMag™ Acute Circulatory Support System, and the AMG PMP Adult Oxygenator for ECMO support
  • Discuss current clinical applications of ECMO
  • Discuss future technologies and clinical applications 

Robert H. Bartlett, MD
Professor of Surgery
Emeritus, General Surgery
University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI

Joe Walsh, MD
Medical Director, Structural Heart and ECMO
Saint Alphonsus Medical Group
Boise, ID

PWOB Webinar Series #1 - The Novick Cardiac Alliance: Creating Pediatric Cardiac Services in Low and Middle Income Countries

Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021
Time: 6
:00 pm EST/5:00 pm CST/3:00 pm MST/PST  

Approved to offer up to 1.1 Category 1 CEUs by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion

Description:  Discuss the purpose and mission of NCA, expanding on the four core principles of NCA’s work: collaborate, educate, innovate, sustain. Discuss current partnerships globally, current challenges to humanitarian pediatric cardiac surgery especially services in conflict regions.


William Scott Snider, CCP, LP. Clinical Staff Perfusionist at Duke Heart Center


William M. Novick, M.D. Medical Director, CEO and Founder of William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance Professor of Surgery and International Child Health University of Tennessee Health Science Center-Global Surgery Institute
Marcelo Cardarelli, MD, MPH Cardiac Surgeon and Co-Founder of The William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance 


Brian C. Forsberg, MPH, CCP, FPP The William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance
Deborah Lowery Adams, CCP. Director and Clinical Coordinator at Texas Heart Institute School of Perfusion Technology

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Building a Center of ECMO Excellence: A Demonstration of Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
8:00 pm EST/7:00 pm CST/5:00 pm MST/PST

This webinar highlighted the beneficial alliance of non-MD ECLS providers in creating a successful ECMO Program at the specialist level.  Two experienced ECMO Coordinators, of varying professional backgrounds, shared lessons learned from their respective institutions.  Topics discussed included staffing models, education and drills, preparing for a Joint Commission or CMS site visit and framing a financially viable specialist program.  Lastly, the panel examined the growth of ECMO and the need to incentivize perfusion, nursing and respiratory programs to include ECLS curriculum in undergraduate and graduate studies.  

William J. DeBois, CCP, MBA New York Presbyterian Hospital (New York , NY)
Justin Sleasman, MS, CCP, FPP Stanford Children's Hospital at Stanford (Palo Alto, CA)

Ben Swanson MPS, CCP.  Co ECMO Coordinator at The University of Kansas Hospital for Advanced Heart Care (Kansas City, KS) 
Elizabeth Moore RN, BSN, MBA.  Associate Director, Clinical Functions- University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center (Iowa City, IA)

Circuit Selection and Design for ECMO Support

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
8:00 pm EST/7:00 pm CST/5:00 pm MST/PST

This webinar will provide an overview of the commonly used circuits. Experts from some of the country's top ECMO Centers of Excellence will share with you techniques for delivering care to over 250 ECMO patients annually. Additionally, they will discuss some less than optimal methods that should be avoided. 

After an approximately 25 minute presentation, a panel of perfusionists from active centers will discuss their experience. Following this discussion, questions from the audience will be answered. The entire program will last 60 minutes.

William J. DeBois, CCP, MBA New York Presbyterian Hospital (New York , NY) 
Cory Alwardt, CCP, PhD, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ

Erica Beach, CCP, MS, Perfustionist, Mayo Clinic, MN, Centrimag System
George Justison, CCP, Manager Perfusion Services, University of Colorado Hospital, Denver, CO, Revolution System
Pat Grady, CCP, Director Perfusion Services, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, Cardiohelp System   

Cannulation Strategies for ECMO Support: A Perfusionist's Perspective

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Time: 8:00 pm EST/7:00 pm CST/5:00 pm MST/PST

This webinar provided a focused review of cannulation techniques for a wide array of ECMO therapies. Experts from some of country's top ECMO Centers of Excellence shared techniques for delivering care to over 250 ECMO patients annually.  Additionally, the panel discussed some less than optimal methods that should be avoided.  

The live webinar was approved to offer up to 1.2 Category 1 CEUs from ABCP. All individuals that attended the live broadcast should have already received a link to the webinar evaluation to claim credit for their participation in the broadcast. If you have any questions or concerns, please do let us know. Please note: Only live webinar attendees are eligible to claim credit for their participation in this event. 

Desiree Bonadonna, MPS CCP FPP LP, Director of Extracorporeal Life Support, Duke University Hospital and Health System

Dana Apsel Mullin, MS CCP LP, Chief, Clinical Perfusion, ECMO Services & Education, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Irving Medical Center;

William DeBois, CCP MBA, Director, Peri-operative Services, Chief Perfusionist, New York Presbyterian Hospital

Cory Alwardt, Ph.D. CCP, Chief Perfusionist, ECMO Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic Arizona 

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