View Our First Two Featured Speakers

Two Keynote Speakers Announced

Robert A. Baker PhD CCP(Aus)
Robert A. Baker PhD CCPProfessor Baker is Director of Cardiac Surgery Research & Perfusion at Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia. His research interests include blood management, practice improvement, data management, guidelines, neurocognitive effects of cardiac surgery, pharmacological interventions, postoperative outcomes, and quality-of-life outcomes. Professor Baker works locally, nationally, and internationally to achieve better outcomes for patients undergoing cardiac surgery.

Frank W. Sellke MD
Frank W. Sellke MDDr. Frank Sellke is the chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital, and is Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Brown University. His research interests include the regulation of microcirculation in health and disease, ischemic injury and inflammation during cardiac surgery, collateral vascular formation, and the use of growth factors and cell therapy to increase blood flow to ischemic tissue. Continue reading “View Our First Two Featured Speakers”

A Toast to You for a Happy New Year from CREF!

Wishing You Peace, Love, Joy, and Good Health
From all of us who work throughout the year to plan the Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium, Happy New Year from CREF!

You’re invited to help us celebrate our 39th anniversary in October. Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind, then come rub elbows with old friends, make some new ones, and share an unforgettable real-time experience with your colleagues in beautiful San Diego!

Top 10 Reasons to Attend CREF in 2019

Submit your request to attend CREF October 9 – 13, 2019, because you won’t want to miss these 10 highlights:

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CREF Announces New Co-Director

Dr. C. David Mazer Joins the CREF Team
C. David Mazer MDA new CREF co-director joins the team: CREF is pleased to announce that Dr. C. David Mazer, Professor of Anesthesia and Physiology at the University of Toronto, will serve as the Co-Director of the 39th Annual Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium. He will work alongside other Program Committee membersto shape the scientific program and create an exceptional educational experience for attendees.

“I feel honored to take on this position and look forward to contributing to the meeting, which has a reputation for quality education,” Mazer said. “We’ve already begun planning next year’s activity and are enthusiastic about the possibilities.”

About Dr. Mazer, CREF Co-Director
Dr. Mazer’s research interests include cardiac physiology and perioperative blood conservation and organ protection. He has co-authored 100+ peer-reviewed publications. These include practice guidelines and position statements related to perioperative transfusion and hemostasis from the STS, SCVA, and the CCS. Dr. Mazer was a lead investigator in the BART trial and is the principal investigator for TRICS III, a global study of transfusion triggers in cardiac surgery.

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CREF 2019 Dates Announced

Mark Your Calendar & Request Time Off
CREF 2019 dates and location are confirmed, so it’s time to start making plans to join your friends and colleagues on the waterfront in beautiful San Diego for the 39th Annual Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium:

October 9 – 13, 2019
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
San Diego, California, USA

The Program Committee has already begun planning next year’s symposium, so stay tuned for more details!

Attendee Feedback

Read What Your Colleagues Had to Say
Here is just a small sample of the comments received from this year’s CREF participants:

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Final Brochure and 8 Free Hands-On Workshops

Comprehensive Details in One Convenient PDF
Click here to download the final brochure, which includes the most recent CREF program.

The brochure will be updated if any changes occur between now and the conference start date, so check back regularly to view the very latest.

8 Free Hands-On Workshops

Interactive Education to Improve Techniques and Explore New Technologies
CREF hands-on workshops complement PowerPoint presentations and small-group discussions, reinforcing concepts and helping participants improve knowledge, skills, and confidence — all in a safe and supportive learning environment. Registered participants may attend all of the following hands-on CREF workshops at no extra cost: Continue reading “Final Brochure and 8 Free Hands-On Workshops”

CME and CEU Totals Awarded for 2018 Symposium

CREF CME/CEU: Category 1 Credit for the Entire Cardiac OR Team
The American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion and the California Board of Registered Nursing allot 40.1 Category 1 CEUs to perfusionists and nurses in attendance.

The Institute for Medical Studies designates this live activity for a maximum of 25.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for physicians in attendance. The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

For additional details, including daily totals, visit our website. Continue reading “CME and CEU Totals Awarded for 2018 Symposium”