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Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force Webinar Recordings

Webinar Recordings: Welcome

May 19 Webinar: ELSO Registry Review: The Evolution of ECMO use in COVID-19

Air Date: May 19, 2021

Overview:  The Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force is proud to welcome Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Leadership for the next installment of our webinar series.   Christine Stead, CEO ELSO will discuss the role Perfusionists play in making ELSO the premier global organization for ECMO technology.  Then, who better to speak about the past, present and future application of ECMO than Dr. Robert Bartlett, founder of ELSO.  Registry Chair Dr. Ryan Barbaro will anchor the session by highlighting data from the ELSO Registry for best practice ECMO techniques in COVID-19.  Lastly, Barbaro will discuss his recent Lancet publication, Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support in COVID-19: an international cohort study of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization registry.

Publication: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support in COVID-19: an international cohort study of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization registry (

Invited Speakers: ELSO Leadership

Christine Stead, MHSA

Chief Executive Officer, ELSO

Adjunct Faculty, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Health Management & Policy

​Robert Bartlett, MD

Founder and Executive Member, ELSO

Professor of Surgery, Emeritus, University of Michigan

Ryan Barbaro, MD, MSc

Registry Committee Chair, ELSO

Asst Professor Pediatrics, University of Michigan


Justin Sleasman CCP, MS, FPP, CES-A

Perfusion Liaison, ELSO

Lead Perfusionist, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Leen Vercaemst ECCP, RN, RM

Perfusion Liaison, Euro ELSO 

Clinical Perfusionist / ECMO Coordinator, University Hospital Leuven (Belgium)

Renee Dickey CCP, MBA, FPP

Co-Chair, Joint Perfusion COVID-19 Task Force

AmSECT Board, Zone 1 Director

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Ruben Muñoz, CCP, BS

Perfusion Liaison, ALAP

Asociación Latinoamericana de Perfusión

This webinar was generously sponsored by Redline Perfusion

Webinar Recordings: Video

February 24 Webinar: VV ECMO Strategies for COVID-19, A Single Center Experience

Air Date: February 24, 2021

Overview: While the initial COVID surge in NYC brought many unexpected challenges, it also provided unique opportunity.  The pandemic opened a window to explore the limits of medical therapy for a devastating disease, compelling many to test the limits of ECMO as a tool to help the sickest patients.  Through team-work and dedication excellent outcomes can be achieved, and adoption of some of these practices may help the next wave of patients. Topics covered in this webinar included patient selection and management, cannulation preference, extracorporeal circuit design, staffing models and personal protective equipment.  

Zachary N. Kon, MD
Associate Professor of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Donald and Barbara
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Surgical Director of Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation, Northwell Health
Surgical Director of Advanced Lung Failure and Lung Transplantation, Northwell Health

Deane E. Smith, MD
Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Surgical Director, Adult Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Program
Associate Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency Program
New York University Langone Health

Fred Hill CCP, RN
Director of Extracorporeal Services
New York University Langone Health

Renee Dickey CCP, FPP, MBA
AmSECT Board Member Zone 1 Co-Director
Seattle Children’s Hospital

Justin Sleasman CCP, FPP, MS
AmSECT Liaison to ELSO
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

William Harris CCP, FPP, LP
Extracorporeal Life Support Services Clinical Manager

Desiree Bonadonna CCP, FPP, MPS, LP
Chief of Perfusion Services
Director of Extracorporeal Life Support Services
Duke University Health System

This webinar was generously sponsored by Medtronic.

Webinar Recordings: Video

October 8 Webinar: Rationale and Practical use of CytoSorb, an Extracorporeal Cytokine Adsorber, with ECMO to Treat Cytokine Storm in Critically-Ill COVID-19 patients

Air Date: October 8, 2020

This webinar focused on the rationale and practical aspects of incorporating a cytokine adsorption cartridge in a bypass circuit with ECMO as new strategy to treat cytokine storm and hyperinflammation in critically-ill COVID-19 patients with respiratory failure.

Speakers and Topics:

  • ​"CytoSorb and ECMO: A Novel "Lung Resting" Strategy in Critically-Ill COVID-19 patients under FDA Emergency Use Authorization"
    Dr. Phillip Chan, MD, PhD, CEO CytoSorbents Corporation 

  • “Practical Experience in Treatment of COVID-19 Patients in Combination with ECMO and CytoSorb”
    Mr. Stefan Sajgo, Ulm University, Ulm Germany


  • Linda Mongero, Vice President, ECLS/ECMO, SpecialtyCare

  • Luc Puis, Tiny Perfusion Letter

This webinar was generously sponsored by CytoSorbents Corporation.

Webinar Recordings: Video

May 28 Webinar: Manufacturer and Perfusion Service Organization Panel

Air Date: May 28, 2020

This webinar focused on case volume changes for Perfusion Services Companies and the impacts of COVID-19 from the Manufacturer perspective. Topics covered by manufacturer representatives included COVID-19 specific FDA approvals and changes, preparation for a second wave of COVID-19, and impacts of surgery center re-openings.


  • Al Stammers, MSA CCP Emeritus, Vice President, Clinical Quality and Outcomes Research, SpecialtyCare

  • Bryan Lich, CPBMT, CCP, President & CEO, Perfusion.Com

  • Sean M. Murtha, CCP, Chief Operating Officer, Comprehensive Care Services

  • Brennan Stonerock, Clinical Training Manager, Spectrum Medical, Ltd

  • Christopher Pierce, MS, CCP, CES-A, Sr. Medical Education Program Manager, Cardiac Surgery, Medtronic

  • Debbie White, Global Director, Quest Medical, Inc

  • Alan Chen, Group Manager, Global Therapy Development, Getinge

  • Jim Trevor, Vice President, US Cardiac Surgery Marketing, LivaNova

  • David Fallen, Director of Clinical Support for Perfusion Products, Terumo

  • Meaghan Clancy, Product and Business Development, Boehringer Labs


  • Carla Maul, CCP, Clinical Manager, Perfusion.Com

  • James Reagor, MPS CCP FPP, Director, Department of Perfusion, Cincinnati Children's Hospital

  • Justin Farr, CCP, Perfusion Director, Comprehensive Care Services

  • Meaghan Clancy, Product and Business Development, Boehringer Laboratories

This webinar was generously sponsored by Medtronic.

Webinar Recordings: Video

May 14 Webinar: COVID-19 Patient Treatment, Reopening of ORs, and Getting Patients Back on CPB

May 14, 2020

Presenters and Topics:

  • Getting Patients Back in the OR Safely: Organizational Aspects – Dr. Guy Hans, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Antwerp University Hospital UZA, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Getting Patients Back on CPB: Clinical Aspects – Dr. Serdar Gunaydin, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Numune Training & Research Hospital, University of Health Sciences, Ankara,Turkey

  • Overview of Medical Treatment for COVID-19 Patients: Implications for ECMO Treatment – Dr. Michael Firstenberg, Chair of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery, Medical Center of Aurora, Aurora, Colorado


  • William Harris, CCP FPP LP – Director of ECLS Services,, New Orleans, LA

  • Luc Puis, ECCP

  • Al Stammers, MSA PBMS CCP Emeritus – Vice President, Clinical Quality and Outcomes Research, SpecialtyCare, Sweet Valley, PA

Webinar Recordings: Video

April 30 Webinar: COVID-19 Patient Transport, EuroELSO  Data, and Cytosorb Use

April 30, 2020

Presenters and Topics:

  • COVID-19 Patient Treatment and the use of Cytosorb Filters- Maximilian Halbe – Perfusionist, Universitätsspital Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

  • EuroELSO ECMO COVID-19 Numbers - Roberto Lorusso, MD, PhD – Associate Professor, Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Department, Heart & Vascular Centre –Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, Netherlands

  • COVID-19 ECMO Transport - Koen van Tilburg – Perfusionist, Universitätsspital Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland and Martin Schmiady, MD – Cardiac Surgeon, Universitätsspital Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland


  • Renee Axdorff-Dickey, CCP MBA FPP - Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA

  • Shelley Dulik-Brown, CCP - Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Dawn M. Oles, MHPE CCP LP - Program Director, Vanderbilt University Perfusion Program, Nashville, TN

Webinar Recordings: Video

April 16 Webinar: COVID-19 In Practice Webinar #3

April 16, 2020

COVID-19 Experience at AdventHealth Waterman: Haz Mohamed, CCP - Chief of Perfusion, AdventHealth Waterman, Tavares, FL

Staff Redeployment During Case Reduction: Mike Fried, MS CCP - Chief of Perfusion, Henry Ford-Detroit Hospital, Detroit, FL

Diagonsis and Management of Cytokine Storm - Linda Mongero, CCP Emeritus - Vice President ECLS/ECMO, SpecialtyCare, Nashville, TN


Joseph G. Timpa, CCP FPP - Manager of Perfusion & ECMO, Children's Hospital of Alabama, Hoover, AL


Donald Nieter, CCP Emeritus - PERForm Quality Initiative Coordinator, MSTCVS Quality Collaborative Coordinating Center,  Ann Arbor, MI

Carla R. Maul, CCP - Clinical Manager, Perfusion.Com, New Orleans, LA

Webinar Recordings: Video

April 9 Webinar: COVID-19 In Practice Webinar #2

April 9, 2020


Thomas Chancy, CCP FPP – Vice President of Pediatric & ECLS, Comprehensive Care Services, Tampa, FL

Amy L. Ging, CCP – Director of Perfusion Services, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, VA

Al Stammers, MSA PBMS CCP Emeritus – Vice President, Clinical Quality and Outcomes Research, SpecialtyCare, Sweet Valley, PA


Courtney Petersen, MPS, CCP  – SpecialtyCare, Denver, CO


Justin Sleasman, MS CCP FPP – Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto, CA

Renee Axdorff-Dickey, MBA CCP FPP – Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA

Webinar Recordings: Video

April 2 Webinar: COVID-19 In Practice

April 2, 2020

This webinar focused on the experiences of four perfusionists from Washington and New York that have COVID-19 patients in their facilities. The live broadcast of this video occurred on April 2, 2020.


William Riley, MS CCP LP - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Tami Rosenthal, MBA CCP FPP - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


Trang Bodtke, BS CCP - University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA

William J. DeBois, MBA CCP - New York Presbyterian, New York, NY

Ryan Kleinman, MS CCP - Swedish Hospital, Seattle, WA

Nick Mellas, CCP - Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

PowerPoint PDFs:

Trang Bodtke Presentation

Webinar Recordings: Video
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