59th International Conference Agenda


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Please see below for an overview of the AmSECT 59th International Conference agenda. All session times are in Central Time. Please note that sessions and topics are subject to change. 

Continuing Education Credits:
AmSECT has been approved to offer up to 36 Category 1 CEUs through the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. Of those 36, up to 24.6 Category 1 CEUs can be earned by attending live from May 1-4. The remaining 11.4 credits can be earned by watching the other concurrent sessions on-demand after they are broadcast and passing a post-test.

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - Pediatric Encore Day



*All times listed in Central Time

3:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Pediatric Perfusion

Non-traditional Paths for Pediatric Perfusion – Aimee Phelps, Maine Medical Center

How to Facilitate Diversity in a Department – Desiree Bonadonna, MPS, CCP, FPP, LP, Duke Health

Diversity as a Perfusionist – Isaac Chinnappan, MS, CCP, LCP, FPP, CPBMT, CPBMS, Vanderbilt University

4:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Alphabet Soup of Filtration

Building the Perfect Prime – James Reagor, MPS, CCP, FPP, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Whole Blood Component Therapy with Pediatric CPB Prime – Richard Melchior, MPS, CCP, FPP, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Shear Stress and CPB – Kevin Charette, Seattle Children’s Hospital


Thursday, June 24, 2021 - Adult Encore Day



*All times listed in Central Time

12:00 PM- 1:30 PM

Consensus Statement on EMR

Moderator: Renee Axdorff-Dickey, BSCCP, MBA, FPP

12:00-12:05 pm – Introduction

12:05-12:20 pm – The Importance of a Consensus on Electronic Perfusion Records: Luc Puis, ECCP

12:20-12:35 pm – The Evolution of the Use of an EMR for Quality Improvement: James Reagor, MPS, CCP, FPP

12:35-12:50 pm – Creating a Consensus Paper: David Fitzgerald, DHA, MPH, CCP

12:50-1:10 pm – Panel

1:10-1:30 pm – Q&A


Saturday, May 1, 2021



*All times listed in Central Time

8:00 AM- 9:00 AM

Edwin Lindo, JD
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Moderators: Donald S. Likosky, PhD, Bradley Horvath, CCP

9:00 AM-9:10 AM BREAK (10 minutes)
9:10 AM- 10:10 AM

Blood Management

9:15-9:30 am - Review of Updated Blood Management Evidence-Based Guidelines

9:30-9:45 am - Going from Knowing to Doing: A Roadmap for Implementing Guidelines into Practice

9:45 -10:05 am - Panel Discussion

10:05-10:15 am - Abstract: Blood Conservation: Results of Strategies to improve clinical outcomes in Open Heart Surgery Patients at a Tertiary Hospital are maintained 4 years after initiation of Heparin Management System

Extracorporeal Life Support

Moderators: James A. Reagor, MPS CCP FPP and Todd M. Ratliff, CCP, FPP

9:10-9:22 am - ECMO Specialist Education and Staffing Model for ECMO and VAD support in one ICU

9:22-9:37 am - Education: How to Train a Pediatric Specialist

9:37-9:49 am - AmSECT Specialist Exam

9:49-10:01 am - New Devices

 10:01-10:10 am - Q&A

10:10 AM-
10:20 AM

BREAK (10 minutes)

10:20 AM-
11:20 AM

Medtronic Symposium: Becoming a Smart ECMO Program: A Single Center Experience

11:20 AM-
11:30 AM

BREAK (10 minutes)

11:30 AM-
1:00 PM


11:30-11:50 am - Anticoagulation - Theory and Practice

11:50-12:10 pm - Mobile ECMO - Safety and Feasibility

12:10-12:30 pm - ECMO Canulation Strategies and Indications

12:30-12:50 am - Q&A

12:50-1:00 pm - Abstract: The Use of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in COVID-19 Patients with Severe Cardiorespiratory Failure: The Influence of Obesity on Outcomes

Teamwork and Communication

Moderators:  Tom Klein, CCP, FPP and Isabel Centner

11:30-11:50 am - Communication: A Surgeon's Perspective

11:50-12:10 pm - Communication within a Perfusion team

12:10-12:30 pm - Debrief in an OR setting

12:30-12:50 pm - Communicating with Families

12:50-1:00 pm - Q&A 

Sunday, May 2, 2021



*All times listed in Central Time

8:00 AM- 9:00 AM

Standards and Guidelines

Moderators: Amanda Crosby, MS, CCP + Luc Puis, ECCP

Panel Discussion

Myocardial Protection

Moderators: Dafne Andrea Chianella, CCP, FPP and Alex Robertson

8:00-8:20 am - del Nido

8:20-8:35 am -Custodial (R) (HTK)

8:35-8:50 am - LR use for CPG

8:50-9:00 am - Q&A

Goal-Directed  Education: German Concepts in Teaching and Training (international)

8:00-8:20 am - Perfusion Education and Standards in Berlin, Germany

8:20-8:40 am - Standardized control in ECLS: Introduction to “CARL and German Engineering

8:40-9:00 am - Engineers in Clinical Perfusion - Presentation of a University Training Concept Based on the ECCP

9:00 AM- 9:10 AM

BREAK (10 minutes)

9:10 AM- 10:10 AM

Women in Perfusion 

Moderators: Cory Alwardt, PhD, CCP, Ashley Walczak, MBA, CCP, FPP, Shahna Helmick, CCP

9:15-9:30 am - Communication Differences Between Men and Women

9:30-9:45 am - Current state of Women in Perfusion

9:45-10:00 am - Career Development and Leadership

10:10 AM-
10:20 AM

BREAK (10 minutes)

10:20 AM-
11:20 AM

Abbott Symposium: ECMO Therapy from the Field to the Bedside

11:20 AM-
11:30 AM

BREAK (10 minutes)

11:30 AM-
1:00 PM

Enhanced Recovery after Cardiac Surgery
Goal-Directed Perfusion

Moderator: Karim Jabr, CCP, LP, CSSBB

11:30-11:50 am - Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery - the Perfusionist's Role

11:50-12:10 pm - The Role of Goal-Directed Perfusion in ERAS

12:10-12:30 pm - Updates on Renal Guidelines

12:30-12:50 pm - Q&A

12:50-1:00 pm - Abstract: C-Kit Gene Up-regulation in Patients with Ischemia-Induced Cardiac Cell Death During Cardiopulmonary Bypass Cross Clamp Period

The Appetizer and the Dessert

Moderators: Tom Klein, CCP, FPP and Tami Rosenthal, CCP, MBA, FPP

11:30-11:45 am - ANH/RAP/VAP- An Anesthesiologist's Perspective

11:45-12:00 pm - ANH/RAP/VAP- A Perfusionist's Perspective

12:00-12:15 pm - To MUF...

12:15-12:30 pm - ...or not to MUF

12:30-12:45 pm - Dilutional Ultrafiltration

12:45-1:00 pm - Q&A 

Monday, May 3, 2021



*All times listed in Central Time

7:00 AM- 7:45 AM Industry Symposium
8:00 AM- 9:00 AM

New Perfusionist Toolkit

Moderators: Keith C. Bryant, MHS, BSN, CCP and
Robb Johnson, CCP, RRT

8:00-8:15 am - Essential Skills: Mentoring and Being Mentored

8:15-8:30 am - Essential Skills: Financial Literacy - Setting Yourself Up For Success and Security

8:30-8:45 am - Essential Skills: Professionalism - Enjoying the Benefits and Avoiding the Mousetraps

8:45-9:00 am - Q&A

What's New with Industry

Moderators: James A. Reagor, MPS CCP FPP and Ashley B. Walczak, MBA, CCP, FPP 

8:00-8:15 am - PediPERForm

8:15-8:30 am - Pediatric Equipment update - Spectrum

8:30-8:45 am - Pediatric Equipment Update - Terumo

8:45-9:00 am - Pediatric Equipment update - Medtronic

Highlights from ISECT 2021


Panel Discussion

9:00 AM- 9:10 AM BREAK (10 minutes)
9:10 AM- 10:10 AM

Honoring a Legend

10:10 AM-
10:20 AM

BREAK (10 minutes)

10:20 AM-11:20 PM Mini Symposia + Exhibitor Time 
11:20 AM-

BREAK (10 minutes)

11:30 AM-
1:00 PM

Mechanical Circulatory Support and Transplant

Moderators: Cory M. Alwardt, PhD, CCP and Mellissa Duarte

11:30-11:45 am - To Vent or Not to Vent, That's the Question - Left Ventricular Unloading During ECMO

11:45-12:00 pm - Left Ventricular Venting Strategies and Timing

12:00-12:15 pm - Q&A

12:15-12:30 pm - The 4-1-1 of Temporary and Durable VADs 

12:30-12:45 pm - Defining and Expanding a Perfusionist's Role within the VAD Team

12:45-1:00 pm - Q&A

Advanced Clinical Techniques

Moderators: Isaac Ramesh K Chinnappan, MS, CCP, LCP, FPP, CPBMT, CPBMS and Justin Farr

11:30-11:50 am - Unifocalizations - Surgeon

11:50-12:05 pm - Unifocalizations - Perfusionist

12:05-12:20 pm - Challenges of Fontan

12:20-12:35 pm - Cord Blood Usage

12:35-1:00 pm - Q&A

1:00 PM- 1:10 PM

BREAK (10 minutes)

1:10 PM- 1:50 PM

AmSECT Annual Corporate Membership Meeting

1:50 PM- 2:00 PM

BREAK (10 minutes)

2:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Student Session (invite only)

Tuesday, May 4, 2021



*All times listed in Central Time
7:00 AM-
7:45 AM

Terumo Symposium: High-Pressure Excursion: Case Report, Literature Review and Mitigations

8:00 AM-
9:00 AM

What We've Learned from COVID

Moderator: Luc Puis, ECCP

8:00-8:20 am - Staffing Impacts

8:20-8:40 am - Literature Review for CPB Management 

8:40-9:00 am - Risks of Passage through ECMO/CPB Oxygenators

COVID Impact in Pediatrics

Moderators: David Palmer, EdD, CCP and Isabel Centner

8:00-8:15 am - Staffing during a Pandemic

8:15-8:30 am - COVID Case Report

8:30-8:50 am - ECLS Supply Management

8:50-9:00 am - Q&A

CSCP: Working Under Pressure - A Study of Venous Reservoir Pressure Release Valves 

9:00 AM-
9:10 AM

BREAK (10 minutes)

9:10 AM-
10:10 AM

Advancing Quality Measures for Perfusion

Moderators: Donald S. Likosky, PhD + Laura A. Barrett, MS, CCP

9:15-9:30 am - Developing quality measures using EMR

9:30-9:45 am - PERFORM User Perspective

9:45 -10:05 am - Panel Discussion

10:05 - 10:15 am - Abstract: To RAP or not to RAP: A Retrospective Comparison of the Effects of Retrograde Autologous Priming

Abstract / Ethics 

Moderators: Dafne Andrea Chianella, CCP, FPP and Justin Sleasman, CCP, MS, FPP

9:15-9:25 am - Abstract: The Fundamental Skills of Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Bypass

9:25-9:35 am - Abstract: ABO Incompatible Heat Transplant: Children's of Alabama Experience

9:35 -9:45 am - Abstract: A Novel Method to Safely De-air a HeartWare System in a Single-Ventricle Patient by Utilizing ECMO and a Modified CPB Circuit

9:45-9:57 am - ABO incompatible transplants using Immunoadsorption Column

9:57-10:09 am - Association of DO2i on postoperative acute kidney injury in the pediatric population

10:09-10:15 am - Q&A

10:10 AM-
10:20 AM
BREAK (10 minutes)
10:20 AM-
11:20 AM

LivaNova Symposium

11:20 AM-
11:30 AM

BREAK (10 minutes)

11:30 AM-
1:30 PM

Awards + Pathway to Becoming a Professional

Moderators: Mellissa Duarte and Shahna Helmick, CCP

11:30 am-12:30 pm - AmSECT Awards

12:30-12:42 pm - Creating confidence with surgeons

12:42-12:54 pm - Expectations of New Graduates

12:54-1:06 pm - The Role of Industry in Training

1:06-1:18 pm - The Role of Protocols

1:18-1:30 pm - Q&A

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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