CREF 2017

37th Annual Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium

September 28 – October 1, 2017
Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
San Diego, California, USA


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CREF speakers and faculty are renowned experts, presenting on the latest research and most important developments in cardiac surgery and extracorporeal perfusion. They offer specific advice and instructions on how you can improve your practice.

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The CREF 2017 perfusion meeting and cardiac surgery CME / CEU conference offers it all: quality lectures, hands-on workshops, intimate fireside chats, a lively exhibit hall, industry eat-and-learn Product Theaters, & interactive social events.

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The CREF conference hotel sits in the heart of downtown San Diego, California, less than 3 miles / 5 km from the airport. San Diego's perfect weather and endless options, even within walking distance, make it the perfect conference destination

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How do attendees rate CREF overall?
2011 – 2016

How do attendees rate CREF's educational content?
2011 – 2016

It’s the best meeting, the #1 choice. We rotate in our practice to attend!

CREF is the strongest meeting year in and year out. Always pertinent to the practice of our profession.

Love this meeting!I travel from Ohio and it is always worth the trip. The information and inspiration is fantastic. Regardless of the venue, I plan to attend this meeting for years to come.

I have so much to bring home. Thank you for the opportunity to listen to a team from the best.

CREF is the best meeting for perfusionists. I haven’t been for two years, and I've missed it. The organization, content, everything is superior.

— John H.

I found [CREF] helpful because it provided me with tools and ideas . . . [to] take back to my program and utilize right then . . . not some hypothetical research that had yet to be justified by time and use. . . . I look forward to returning next year.

— Curt K.

I am looking forward to your meeting. It is always one of the best. Being back in San Diego is an added bonus.  

— Mary E.

What a great conference CREF is! It has changed my view of perfusionists and the entire team.

— John L., Hong Kong

The downtown San Diego CREF is one of the best meetings in the country.”

Thank you for decades of great educational content for the whole cardiac surgical team.

I like that there are a variety of vendors and exhibits [at CREF], and that there are hands-on things to do compared to other meetings.

CREF validates my practice because I see what others do vs. my work.

Good job staying away from bias!

Refreshing to attend a meeting where plenary talks are SCIENCE, not SALES.