CREF faculty speakers

CREF Faculty: Bio Sketches and Talk Titles

Our invited CREF faculty are renowned experts in cardiac surgery, perfusion, and ECMO. At the CREF meeting, you’ll have many opportunities to speak with these thought leaders during discussion panels or fireside chats, in the exhibit hall or foyer, or even during our Welcome Reception.

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Joanna Chikwe MD
Joanna Chikwe MDCREF Course Co-Director Dr. Joanna Chikwe is Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital, leading a multi-disciplinary team that works closely with cardiologists and vascular surgeons to manage the full spectrum of surgical, transcatheter, and endovascular treatment options to patients with adult cardiac surgical disease. Dr. Chikwe also serves as Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.

CREF Presentations

  1. Journey to the Stars: Achieving and Sustaining Improved Clinical Quality and Patient Experience
  2. Team-Centered Cardiac Surgery

Tirone E. David MD FRCSTirone David MD
Dr. Tirone E. David is known worldwide for his surgical creativity and for having developed numerous operative procedures; one of them is the “David Operation,” a valve-sparing aortic root replacement procedure in patients with aortic root aneurysms. Dr. David is credited for having created the first cardiac-surgery database in Canada back in 1978. A frequent speaker at international conferences, he shares his expertise and demonstrates surgical techniques. Dr. David has published over 350 articles in peer-reviewed journals, authored numerous chapters in surgical textbooks, and served as the editor or co-editor of five surgical textbooks. In 2005, Dr. David served as president of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and an officer many years.

CREF Presentations

  1. KEYNOTE: Heart Valve Surgery: Where We Need to Improve
  2. Databases Are Indispensable for Quality Assurance in Surgery

William M. Hiesinger MDWilliam M. Hiesinger MD
Dr. William M. Hiesinger serves as Assistant Professor of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center. There he also leads the Hiesinger Lab, which fosters collaborative research among clinicians, engineers, and scientists to create solutions to clinically relevant cardiovascular problems. Dr. Hiesinger also serves as the Director of the MCS Program and has extensive ECMO clinical and programmatic experience.

CREF Presentations

  1. How to Start an ECMO Program: From Staffing to Funding to Establishing Medical Need
  2. Clinical and Ethical Considerations of ECMO

Joyce A. Wahr MD FAHAJoyce Wahr MD
Dr. Joyce A. Wahr, Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota, is a board-certified anesthesiologist practicing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Wahr graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and has served as Director of the ICU Rotation for Residents, Director of Cardiac Anesthesiology, and Director of the Cardiac Research Program. She is the first author on the American Heart Association Scientific Statement “Patient Safety in the Cardiac Operating Room: Teamwork and Human Factors.”

CREF Presentation

  1. Fear and Loathing in the Operating Room: (Sexual) Harassment and Other Big Little Lies

Call for Abstracts

Compete for the Medtronic 19th Annual Utley Award
CREF 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.