CREF 2018

38th Annual Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium

September 6 – 9, 2018
Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
San Diego, California, USA


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

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The CREF 2018 perfusion meeting and cardiac surgery CME / CEU conference offers something for everyone: quality lectures, hands-on workshops, intimate fireside chats, a lively exhibit hall, industry eat-and-learn Product Theaters, and  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 San Diego International Airport (SAN). 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 – 2017

How do attendees rate CREF's educational content?
2011 – 2017

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.

This conference is a GEM and addresses so many issues that enhance my practice.

Very organized and well-run conference with an excellent array of speakers, topics, and accommodations.

I heard only good things about CREF until I attended, and I was not disappointed!”

I’ve been coming since the 80’s. CREF has really helped my professional development and given me pride in the profession.

I think it is by far the best meeting available to perfusionists.

Excellent! Always a great learning opportunity.

This was my first time at CREF. I loved that there was a variety of content to choose from and things to do near the hotel. I brought my entire family, and we enjoyed spending time at the pool, downtown, etc.

Josh P.

Most meetings peak on the first day, but CREF maintains that high quality and energy level until the final session.

William M.

The best thing about attending CREF is that you never know what little gems you're going to pick up in some side meeting or conversation with a colleague.

Matt C.

Keep doing a nice job. This 2017 meeting was exceptionally good. Five stars.

You all did an awesome job. Enjoyed this meeting’s continued focus on the science. I will be back.

As a newcomer of this field, it is the meeting that tells me what is the real face of this field. Maybe several months are needed to digest what I have learned in San Diego.

Tong L.