2022 Perfusion Conference

June 2-4, 2022 | Live & Broadcasted from the Denton A. Cooley Auditorium


The Annual THI Perfusion Conference will be live broadcasted online June 2-4, 2022 from the Texas Heart Institute. The agenda for this year’s conference will include case reviews and discussion about the latest trends in the industry. Conference participants will earn 20.9 CAT I Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) from the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP).

Funds raised at this year’s conference will provide programatic support for the School of Perfusion as they continue to train the next generation of perfusionists.

June 2-4 2022

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the School of Perfusion Technology

The 2022 meeting will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Texas Heart Institute School of Perfusion Technology founded by world-renowned surgeon Denton A. Cooley, M.D.  Because of his early vision, THI has prepared thousands of cardiovascular perfusionists working in operating rooms around the world today.

Upholding the Texas Heart Institute’s mission, the perfusion school is presently thriving with 24 students in training across the U.S. Since its opening in 1971, more than 900 students have graduated from the program. Many of those graduates were mentored by our cardiologists and cardiac surgeons who have embraced the essential role perfusionists play in operating the heart-lung machine and other ancillary devices to support patients who require cardiac care.

Register for the Perfusion Conference Today…


Agenda subject to change
(Central Daylight Time)

Thursday – June 2, 2022

2:00 pm     Welcome – Day 1 | Deborah Lowery Adams, CCP

Roll Call:     Classes of THI School of Perfusion Alumni | History of Perfusion Education | Terry Crane, CCP Emeritus

Case Presentations – December 2022 Class | Moderator: Steve Sutton, CCP

2:35     Amanda Anderson

2:45     Hillary Dressler

2:55     Joshua Finch

3:05     Max French

3:15     Panel Questions with Q & A

3:25     Frances Lewis

3:35     Esteban Lopez

3:45     Aarish Wadia

3:55     Panel Discussion with Q & A

Perspectives in Perfusion Practice | Moderator: James Beavers, CCP

4:10     Looking Back: Perfusion Education at THI | Deborah Lowery Adams, CCP

4:35     Perfusion a Most Unique Profession | Craig Vocelka, MDiv, CCP

5:00    Past and Future of Perfusion Technology | Steve Sutton, CCP

5:25     Living History in the Present | Chris Clay, CCP

5:50     Panel Discussion with Q & A

6:10 pm     Evening Concludes

Friday – June 3, 2022

8:00 am     Welcome – Day 2 | Deborah Lowery Adams, CCP and Kathleen Kibler, CCP

8:20     Keynote Speaker:   TAVR Hemodynamic Results and Durability | Zvonimir Krajcer, MD

Current Trends ECMO, MCS. Perfusion | Moderators: Sanjay Patel, CCP and Victor Mendoza, CCP

8:50     ECMO Overview of Why, How, and Outcomes | Joseph Basha, CCP

9:15      VV ECMO Management and Transition for Lung Transplantation | Kartik Valluri, MD

9:40     Circulatory Support | Tammy Sparacino, CCP

10:05   Challenges in Research of Mechanical Circulatory Devices using Animal Models | Sanjay Patel, CCP

10:30   History of VADs | O. H. Bud Frazier, MD

11:00    Break – Video/Slideshow Alumni Testimonials, and Exhibits

Transplantation | Moderator: Adam Harshman, CCP

11:10    The Organ Care System: Current Concepts and New Strategies for the New Decade | Blaine Johnson, MBA, CCP, LP

11:30    Lung Transplantation | Gabriel Loor, MD

11:55    Perfusion Without Borders (PWOB) 2021 Scholarship Recipient Turning Passion into Practice | Frances Lewis

12:15    Lunch and Exhibits – Presentation of the Sal Guercio Memorial Scholarship | Ann Guercio, CCP, LP, MBA

Surgical Techniques for Thoracic Aortic Surgery | Moderator: Patrick Nguyen, CCP

1:10     Connect the Dots: Brain Protection, Visceral Protection and Surgery | Ourania Preventza, MD

1:35      Selective Cerebral Perfusion Techniques | Branden Messarra, CCP

2:00     Aortic Aneurysm Management | Vicente Orozco-Sevilla, MD

2:25     High-risk PCI | Priyanka Sen, MD

2:45     Break – Video/Slideshow Alumni Testimonials and Exhibits

Innovations in Cardiac Surgery | Moderator: Ramsha Azmat, CCP

3:00     Advancements in Robotic Heart Surgery | Kenneth Liao, MD, PhD

3:25     Cerebral Autoregulation Part I: Background and Animal Studies | Ken Brady, MD

3:50     Elastance Controlled Mock Circulatory Loop to Simulate Human Cardiovascular System in 3D-Printed Silicone Model | Preston Peak

4:15     Multimodal Pain Management as Part of ERAS Cardiac Protocol: Challenges and Strategies | Edward Yang, MD

4:40     Charles C. Reed Memorial Presentation | Terry Crane, Raymond McInnis, Deborah Lowery Adams

6:00     Reception: Meet and Greet at the Westin | Commemorating 50 years of Perfusion Education at THI

8:00 pm     Evening Concludes

Saturday – June 4, 2022

8:00 am     Welcome and Announcements – Day 3 | Kathleen Kibler, CCP

8:10     Keynote Speaker:   Excellence in Pediatric Perfusion: It’s All About the Expectations | Charles Fraser, MD

Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery | Moderator: Kathleen Kibler, CCP

8:45     Past, Present, and Future of ECMO the TCH Way | Cole Burgman CCP, LP

9:10     Continuous Flow VAD Support of Fontan Patient | Richard Owens, CCP

9:35     Therapeutic Plasma Exchange (TPE) for Pediatric Open-Heart Transplantation | Tom Klein, CCP

10:00    The Pursuit of Happiness: Achieving Satisfaction in High Performance Perfusion | Erin A. Gottlieb, MD

10:25    Cerebral Autoregulation Part II: Clinical Trials and the Future | Eric Vu, MD

International: Cardiac Surgery Around the World | Moderator: Deborah L. Adams, CCP 

10:50    International Pediatric Perfusion Education | Brian Forsberg, CCP

11:15    NCA | William Novick, MD

11:40    Perfusion in Low and Middle Income Countries While Staying Out of Trouble | Marcelo Cardarelli, MD

12:05    Bulgarian Society of Specialists in Cardiovascular Perfusion | Krasimira Krasimirova, ECCP

12:30    Lunch – Video/Slideshow Rollcall Memorial, and Exhibits

1:15     Autotransfusion in Heart Surgery: The Greek Reality | Athina Rammou, CCP

1:40     The Use of a Cytokine Absorption Filter During CPB | Viktoria Vasileiadou, CCP

Case Presentations – June 2022 Class | Moderator: James Beavers, CCP

2:00     Sydney Kor

2:10     Zach Wurtz

2:20     Kyle Guster

2:30     Panel Discussion with Q & A

2:40     Reese Besse

2:50     Kelsey Greiner

3:00     Duc Nguyen

3:10     Panel Discussion with Q & A

3:20     Break and Exhibits

Updates on Perfusion Profession: Education and Certification | Moderators: Taylor Garcia and Deborah Lowery Adams, CCP

3:30     ABCP Survey 2020-2021 and Updates | President ABCP Ann Guercio, CCP, LP, MBA

3:55     Perfusion Program Directors Council Updates | Ed Delaney, CCP – Chair, PPDC

4:20     International Perfusion Education in Latin America: Update on Education | Brigida Aguerrevere, CCP

5:00 pm     Closing Remarks | Ann Guercio, CCP, LP, MBA

Online Conference

We are reuniting in the THI Denton A. Cooley Auditorium & Live Broadcasting for our national and global partners too… 

The symposium will be live in person and also broadcasted from the Texas Heart Institute – The Denton A. Cooley Building located within the Texas Medical Center.

Pre-registration is required and livestream instructions will be sent to the email address submitted through our registration forms.

Registration (Required)

Register Today

Registration will be available through our online portal.  Contact the CME office for questions and additional information at cme.texasheart.org.

$100 Perfusion, Physicians ( LIVE )

$ 50  Perfusion, Physicians ( VIRTUAL )

Free Perfusion Students/General Admission (Non-CEU Seeking)


Meeting Site and Parking

Meeting Site

Denton A. Cooley Auditorium
Texas Heart Institute
6770 Bertner Avenue
Houston, Texas 77030

Texas Heart Institute is located in the Denton A. Cooley building within the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Entrance to the Denton A. Cooley Building is only through the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Bates Street lobby (6720 Bertner Ave.). The Denton A. Cooley auditorium is located on the lower level (B1) by the Green Elevators of the building.


Valet and self parking options are available. Valet services are available through Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center for a $14 flat fee. The nearest self parking garages are TMC Garage 1 (located on Fannin St.) and TMC Garage 2 (at the intersection of Holcombe Blvd. and Richard J.V. Johnson Ave.).

CEU and CME Credits

CEU and CME Information

CEU Information
Conference participants will earn 20.9 CAT I Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) from the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP). 

CME Credit Designation
Texas Heart Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 21.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME Accreditation
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Texas Heart Institute. Texas Heart Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Perfusion Community Partners

Thank you to our loyal perfusion community. Together we change lives.

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