CREF Speakers and Faculty

CREF Speakers: Profiles & Presentations

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

For additional information about this year’s conference, view our preliminary brochure.


CREF Speaker De La CruzKim De La Cruz BS CCP
Since 2007, perfusionist Kim De La Cruz has served as the Director of Perfusion Services and Coordinator of the ECMO Program at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Ms. De La Cruz currently serves on the Blood and Blood Derivatives, POCT, and ECMO committees. She has participated in many quality and performance improvement projects for the department, two of which led to a publication in Transfusion Medicine and recognition as an ELSO (Extracorporeal Life Support Organization) Center of Excellence.


CREF Speakers GudzenkoVadim Gudzenko MD
Dr. Vadim Gudzenko is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. At present, he serves as medical director of the adult ECMO program as well as director of the anesthesiology critical care fellowship. His clinical and research interests include ICU management and outcomes of cardiac surgical and ECMO patients.

CREF Presentations

    1. ICU Care of the ECMO Patient
    2. Patient Selection: A Critical-Care Perspective

2018 CREF Speaker Keynote David Mazer MD

C. David Mazer MD FRCPC
Dr. C. David Mazer is a Professor in the Departments of Anesthesia and Physiology at the University of Toronto. His research interests include cardiac physiology and perioperative blood conservation and organ protection. He has co-authored 100+ peer-reviewed publications, including 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.

CREF Presentations

  1. KEYNOTE: The TRICS III Trial: Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities
  2. Update on Blood Conservation in Cardiac Surgery

CREF Speakers StammersAlfred H. Stammers MSA CCP
CREF Course Co-Director Alfred H. Stammers serves as Vice President of Clinical Quality and Outcomes Research at SpecialtyCare, Inc. Al established and directed the Master of Perfusion Science program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he was an Associate Professor in the School of Allied Health Professions in the College of Medicine. Mr. Stammers has authored more than 300 publications on perfusion-related topics and is a world-renowned speaker in this area. His research interests include quality improvement, blood management, and outcomes analysis.

CREF Presentations

  1. Why Guidelines Rarely Penetrate the Barriers of Clinical Practice
  2. Myocardial Protection: A Mysterious and Wonderful Journey through a Maze of Unknowns

Call for Abstracts

Compete for the Medtronic 19th Annual Utley Award

Utley AwardShare 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.