Support Texas Heart Institute School of Perfusion Technology

Denton A. Cooley, MD recognized that the quality of patient care could be augmented by highly trained and competent perfusion technologists, and he started the Texas Heart Institute School of Perfusion Technology on December 1, 1971. Today, the school continues to attract bright college graduates interested in an exhilarating career in the medical field.

The program became the first perfusion school to be accredited by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion in 1976. Through a nationally recognized 18-month course of intensive study, the program offers a post-baccalaureate certificate in perfusion technology.

Our school trains students to use the cardiopulmonary bypass machine and other equipment associated with open heart surgery. In addition, students receive extensive instruction in cardiopulmonary function and extensive experience in the operating room.

Nearly 1,000 perfusionists have been trained at the School since its inception and have gone on to work in hospitals and medical facilities around the U.S. and the world.

Programmatic support is critical and provides important funding for training equipment. Please join our campaign and support our students!


“With the advent of the heart-lung machine, surgeons had the key to a door that had previously been locked. Once we had the key, then we could venture out into unexplored territory.”

Denton A. Cooley, MD


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