CREF faculty speakers

CREF Faculty Profiles & Presentations

CREF faculty include experts in the fields of cardiac surgery, cardiovascular anesthesia, perfusion, ECMO, health service research and quality, hematology, and human-factors engineering. This month and next, our newsletter will feature our outstanding CREF 2018 speakers, including biographical sketches and presentation highlights.

For a complete list of CREF faculty plus additional information about this year’s conference, view our preliminary brochure.


Lawrence Tim Goodnough MDLawrence T. Goodnough MD
Dr. Lawrence T. Goodnough serves as Professor of Pathology and Medicine  (Hematology) at Stanford University. Dr. Goodnough’s research interests include alternatives to blood therapy, acute normovolemic hemodilution, stimulation of red blood cell production with erythropoietic agents, pharmacologic strategies to reduce blood loss, artificial oxygen carriers, and re-evaluation of transfusion triggers.

CREF Presentations

  1. Indications for Plasma Transfusion
  2. Patient Blood Management: RBC Transfusion

Donald S. Likosky PhD MSDonald Likosky PhD MS
Dr. Donald S. Likosky serves as Associate Professor and Head of the Section of Health Services Research and Quality in the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Michigan. His research focus is on optimizing the delivery and outcomes for cardiac surgery patients. Dr. Likosky’s interests and expertise also include the use of clinical registries for quality assurance and improvement. As the evaluative clinical scientist for the Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons Quality Collaborative, Dr. Likosky helps Michigan healthcare centers improve the quality and safety of cardiac surgery.

CREF Presentations

  1. Leveraging Clinical Data and Benchmarking to Improve Cardiovascular Perfusion Practices
  2. Collaborative Quality Improvement Reduces Post-Operative Pneumonia Following Isolated Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery

Linda B. Mongero BS CCPLinda Mongero BS CCP
Linda Mongero is the Director of Education and Clinical Performance for SpecialtyCare, Inc. Prior to that, she served for nearly 30 years as the Director of Perfusion Services at New York-Presbyterian / Columbia University Medical Center. She has been a leading perfusionist and instructor and has contributed to academic research, clinical trials, and professional organizations. Linda Mongero has also served as president of the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion and the American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion.

CREF Presentations

  1. Nuts & Bolts of an ECMO Practice: What to Do, What Not to Do
  2. ECMO Cannulation Strategies

Amit A. Pawale MD FRCSAmit Pawale MD
A native of India, Dr. Amit A. Pawale currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and an Associate Director of Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Assist Devices at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Dr. Pawale performs a comprehensive range of adult cardiac surgical procedures, including mitral valve repair, aortic root reconstruction, coronary artery bypass surgery, and coronary revascularization, and he has a special interest in minimally invasive cardiac surgery.

CREF Presentations

  1. Developing and Expanding an ECMO Program
  2. Anticoagulation for ECMO

Call for Abstracts

Compete for the Medtronic 19th Annual Utley Award

CREF Utley Award

Share your recent research at CREF 2018. All abstracts selected for oral presentation will compete for the prestigious Medtronic 19th Annual Utley Award, which includes:

• Free course registration
• Apple iPad
• Commemorative sculpture

The abstract deadline is July 15, 2018. For more information, view the CREF abstract guidelines.