CREF Marriott hotel pools and hot tub at the Marriot Marquis San Diego Marina

The 2021 CREF Marriott hotel reservation portal is now open, and it's never too early to book your stay.

The four-star Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina is the official CREF 2021 hotel. Our reservation portal is now active, so remember to make your reservations early if you're planning to attend this fall.


Overlooking the San Diego Bay, the CREF Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina sits just outside of the city’s trendy Gaslamp Quarter, in walking distance of Seaport Village and PETCO Park. The San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld®, and LegoLand are 15 - 30 minutes by car.

CREF attendees enjoy a discounted room rate of $239 per night, single or double, with no resort fee. The cutoff date for the reduced CREF hotel group rate is Wednesday, September 1, 2021, and that rate is valid two days before and after the eventbased on availability. Book your room today!

Call for Abstracts

Oral Presenters Compete for the Utley Award
The CREF Program Committee invites abstract submissions for the 40th Anniversary Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium. All abstracts accepted for oral presentation will compete for the 21st Annual Utley Award.

General topic areas are listed below. Any of these subjects in the context of COVID-19 would also be considered.

• Blood Management
• Cardiopulmonary Bypass
• Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS / ECMO)
• Mechanical-Assist Devices
• Safety and Quality Improvement
• Neurological or Renal Protection
• Pre- or Post-Operative Surgery Protocols
• Team-Building or Organizational Culture

For more information, view the abstract submission guidelines on our website.

Scholarships for Perfusion Students

Students & Graduates Form Lasting Connections
All current perfusion students or recent graduates (2019 – 2021) are eligible to compete for the Swain Scholarship.

The award includes free conference registration, four nights in the CREF Marriott conference hotel, a $500 travel stipend, and a speaking opportunity in the general session. Additional student scholarships include free registration.

If you or someone you know would like to apply, remember to do so by June 1, 2021. Email us a description of your research and a recommendation letter from your director.