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CREF Speaker Profiles & Presentations

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


Tara Cohen PhDTara Cohen PhD
Dr. Tara Cohen, Research Scientist and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, received her doctorate in Human Factors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Dr. Cohen’s research interests focus on proactive approaches to patient safety, including identifying and mitigating potential threats to safety or workflow disruptions in the CVOR. She offers practical tips for healthcare quality improvement founded on well-documented research.

CREF Presentations

  1. Identifying Workflow Disruptions in the Cardiovascular Operating Room
  2. Using a Human-Factors Framework to Investigate Near-Miss Events During Surgery

David C. Fitzgerald MPH CCPDavid C. Fitzgerald
Perfusionist David C. Fitzgerald serves as a Staff Perfusionist, Clinical Coordinator, & Assistant Director of the Cardiovascular Perfusion Program at the Medical University of South Carolina. As an instructor in the perfusion training program, Mr. Fitzgerald coordinates clinical rotations and oversees the hi-fidelity perfusion simulation program. Past President of AmSECT, David Fitzgerald remains actively involved in research, with key interests including transfusion, inflammatory response, and patient safety.

CREF Presentations

  1. The STS / SCA / AmSECT Anticoagulation Clinical Practice Guidelines
  2. The “Just Culture” Approach to Perfusion Quality and Safety

Serdar Gunaydin MD PhDSerdar Gunaydin MD PhD
Turkish cardiac surgeon Dr. Serdar Gunaydin serves as Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, at the University of Health Sciences in Ankara, Turkey. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for MiECTiS, an organization dedicated to minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Dr. Gunaydin assists the CREF Program Committee by proposing topics and speakers for the scientific agenda.

CREF Presentations

  1. Comparative Evaluation of Blood-Salvage Techniques in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery with CPB
  2. Cerebral Protection During Cardiac Surgery: An Update

Robert S. Kramer MDRobert S. Kramer MD
Since 1980, Dr. Robert S. Kramer has served as a specialist in thoracic and cardiac surgery at the Maine Medical Center, where he actively participates in the Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group. His research interests include CABG, acute kidney injury, hemodynamics, and more. As a CREF Program Committee member, Dr. Kramer helps select topics and speakers to address the unique educational needs of our international, interdisciplinary audience.

CREF Presentations

  1. Quality Improvement: Owning the Process
  2. Cardiac Surgery-Associated Acute Kidney Injury: Old News and New News

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.