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. 

Friday, APRIL 27

ECMO and IBBM Courses
*Additional registration required 

ECMO - $200 - Room 30D
PBMS Exam - $200 - Room 30D
IBBM Blood Management Specialist Review Course - FREE with International Conference registration - Room 30DE

Please Note: To register onsite for these courses, please proceed directly to Room 30 D on the Upper Level of the San Diego Convention Center: 

Blood Management Specialist Review CourseECMO Workshop


8:00 AM – 3:30 PM  
Simultaneous Courses

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

Adult Cardiac Skills Congenital Heart Disease Skills

General Thoracic Skills Surgical Ethics Forum

Cardiothoracic Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support of Heart and Lung Failure


7:30 AM – 3:00 PM  
Simultaneous Courses

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

Adult Cardiac Surgery Congenital Heart Disease

General Thoracic Surgery 

Interprofessional Cardiothoracic Team Symposium

 Sunday, April 29

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM 


Awards Presentation

5:15 PM - 7:00 PM 

Exhibit Hall

AmSECT/AATS Welcome Reception

 Monday, April 30

All handouts will be added as they are turned in. Click on the session title to download the handouts.

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 Longenecker, BS CCT LCP CCP and Tami Rosenthal, CCP MBA FPP

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM 

Exhibit Hall


9:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Scientific Session 2

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

Moderators: Robert Longenecker, 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

11:40 AM - 12:30 PM


AATS Presidential Address 

President: Duke Cameron, MD

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM 

Exhibit Hall

Lunch and Poster Presentations

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

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM 


AmSECT Quality Symposium 

1:30 PM - 1:32 PM - Introduction, Goals of Quality Symposium

                                 Speaker: Robert Baker, PhD CCP

Building the Foundation of a Great Cardiac Program

1:32 PM - 2:02 PM - Leveraging Guidelines to Improve Care

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

2:02 PM - 2:16 PM - Moderated Panel: Challenges of Adopting Guidelines

                                  Moderator: Timothy Dickinson, MS CCP

                                  Panel: Al Stammers, MSA CCP; David A D’Alessandro, MD

2:16 PM - 2:46 PM - Using Registries to Initiate and Sustain Improvement

Sturmer Slides

Prager Slides

                                 Speakers: David Sturmer and Richard Prager, MD

2:46 PM - 3:00 PM - Moderated Panel: Challenges of Leveraging Registries

                                Moderator: Robert Groom and Robert Baker, PhD CCP

                                 Panel: David Sturmer; Richard Prager, MD

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM - Break

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM - Optimizing Team Communication

                                Speakers: Kenneth Shann, CCP and Thoralf Sundt, MD

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM - Moderated Panel: Challenges of Improving Team Communication

                                Moderator: David Fitzgerald, MPH CCP

                                Panel: Kenneth Shann, CCP; Thoralf Sundt, MD; and Kyriakos Anastasiadis, 
                                MD PhD

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

                                 Moderator: Robert Baker, PhD CCP

                                  Panel: Kenneth Shann, CCP; Thoralf Sundt, MD; and Kyriakos
                                  Anastasiadis, MD PhD

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

AmSECT Student-Only Session

Speakerss: Robb Johnson, CCP RRT and Ashley Risso, MS CCP

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM 

29C and 20D

Perfusion Bowl Semifinals

Moderators: Robb Johnson, CCP RRT and Ashley Risso, MS CCP

6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

The Sapphire Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, San Diego, CA

AATS President’s Dinner Featuring Jimmy Kimmel

*Purchase of a ticket is required through registration 

 Tuesday, May 1

7:00 AM - 7:30 AM


Corporate Membership Meeting

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM


Perfusion Without Borders

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Scientific Session 3

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

Moderators: Renee L. Axdorff-Dickey CCP MBA  and James Reagor, MPS CCP FPP 

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 Robert Groom

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM - Perfusionist Manpower Survey

                                 Speaker: Bradley Kulat, CCP LP FPP

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Healthcare Provider Burnout

                                 Speaker: CDR Robert Lippy, Deputy Director, NCCOSC

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - PTSD, Lessons Learned in a Combat Hospital

                                 Speaker: Heidi S. Kraft, PhD

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM - Discussion, Q&A

12:40 PM - 1:10 PM

CT Theater II, Booth #1235, Exhibit Hall, Level 1

AATS/AmSECT Symposium: Acute Kidney Injury after Cardiac Surgery: Impact on Long-term Outcomes and Cost

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Legally Mine Lunch Symposium

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 


Updates in Mechanical Circulatory Support

Moderators: Cory Alwardt, CCP PhD and Amela Turnadzic

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM Strengthening your VAD Program

                                 Speaker: Octavio Pajaro, MD

1:45 PM - 2:10 PM - Continual Readiness for DT Certification

                                 Speaker: Susan Wright, MS, RN

2:10 PM - 2:45 PM Challenges in Anticoagulation during MCS

                                 Speaker: Oksana Volod, MD 

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM - Discussion, Q&A

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

AmSECT Conference Abstract Awards

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM


Perfusion Bowl Final 

Moderators: Robb Johnson, CCP RRT and Ashley Risso, MS CCP

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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