CREF Preliminary Program and Scientific Agenda

The 2021 CREF program and scientific agenda will focus on the following general topic areas:

  • Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS / ECMO) and COVID-19
  • Updates & Controversies in Cardiac Surgery
  • Safety and Quality Improvement
  • Neurological and Renal Protection
  • Teamwork and Communication
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)
  • Artificial Intelligence in Clinical Practice
  • Fluid and Blood-Management Strategies
  • Perioperative Opioid Reduction Strategies
  • Single-Dose Cardioplegic Solutions

Below is the preliminary scientific agenda for the 40th Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium. Check back regularly or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter to be informed of updates to the 2021 CREF program.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT 22


10:00 - Registration Opens


Attendee Choice: Hands-On, Interactive Education

  • Medtronic ECLS Workshop
  • ECMO Systems Workshop: What's Available Now?
  • Biomed Simulation ECLS Workshop
  • Spectrum Medical Workshop

Meet & Greet Coffee Social


Swain Scholarship & Abstract Presentations 
  • Swain Scholar Presentation
  • Abstract Presentations

Welcome Reception & Exhibits

THURSDAY, SEPT 23


Breakfast & Exhibits


Welcome 
  • Alfred H. Stammers MSA CCP (emeritus) and C. David Mazer MD

Cardiac Surgery Updates & COVID-19
  • Update on Adult Perfusion & COVID-19
    Alfred H. Stammers MSA CCP (emeritus)
  • Anesthesia & COVID-19: An Update
    C. David Mazer MD
  • SARS-CoV-2 and Cardiac Surgery: Lessons Learned
    Robert S. Kramer MD
  • Cardiac Intensivists & COVID-19
    Michael C. Grant MD

Break & Exhibits


ECMO I
  • Coagulation Management in Adults and Children during CPB and ECMO
    Jacob Raphael MD
  • ECMO TBD
    Linda B. Mongero CCP (emeritus)
  • Goal-Directed Therapy: Fluids, Transfusion, and Perfusion in Cardiac Surgery
    Michael C. Grant MD
  • Cardiovascular Anesthesia and ECMO
    Joyce A. Wahr MD
  • Challenging Cases + Panel Discussion

Lunch & Exhibits


ECMO II 
  • Conflict Between Evidence and Practice
    C. David Mazer MD
  • At the Bedside of the “Sickest Patient in the Hospital”: Authentic Presence with Patients and Families When Life or Death Is Uncertain
    Paul F. Uhlig MD MPA FACS
  • COVID-19: What We Did, What We Learned, and What We'll Do Differently Next TIme
  • Challenging Cases + Panel Discussion

Break & Exhibits


Attendee Choice: Hands-On, Interactive Education
  • Medtronic ECLS Workshop
  • Biomed Simulation ECLS Workshop
  • Spectrum Medical ECMO Workshop

FRIDAY, SEPT 24


Breakfast Product Theaters


Blood

  • Determinants of Hospital Variability in Perioperative RBC Transfusions During CABG Surgery
    David C. Fitzgerald DHA MPH CCP
  • Effects of Preoperative Anemia and Transfusion in Cardiac Surgery
    Jacob Raphael MD
  • Techniques in Blood Conservation
    Erick D. McNair PhD CCP FICA
  • STS Blood Management Guidelines: An Update
    David C. Fitzgerald DHA MPH CCP, C. David Mazer MD, and Alfred H. Stammers MSA CCP (emeritus)
  • Challenging Cases + Panel Discussion

Break & Exhibits


Neurological and Renal Protection
  • KEYNOTE: Neurologic Complications after Bypass Surgery: The Substrate or the Surgery?
    Rebecca F. Gottesman MD PhD
  • Pain Management Reimagined: Strategies to Reduce Opioids in Cardiac Surgery
    Michael C. Grant MD
  • Novel Biomarkers for Acute Kidney Injury
    Erick D. McNair PhD CCP FICA
  • Challenging Cases + Panel Discussion

Lunch Product Theater


Potpourri
  • Preventing Dementia: Interventions to Promote Brain Health
    Rebecca F. Gottesman MD PhD
  • CO2 Production & GDP: The Flip Side of Oxygen Delivery
    Richard F. Newland BSc CCP(Aus)
  • Molecular Evidence of the Impact of Single Dose Cardioplegic Solutions
    Serdar Gunaydin MD PhD
  • An Update on ECMO: What’s Hot
    Linda B. Mongero BS CCP (emeritus)
  • Ultra Fast-Track Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement: How to Compete with TAVR?
    Serdar Gunaydin MD PhD
  • Challenging Cases + Panel Discussion

Break


Attendee Choice: Hands-On, Interactive Education
  • Fireside Chat: Blood Management
  • Fireside Chat: Neurological and Kidney Protection
  • Fireside Chat: Attendee Choice

SATURDAY, SEPT 25


Breakfast Product Theaters


Presentation of the 21st Annual Utley Award

Safety
  • The Future’s So Bright? Artificial Intelligence in Clinical Practice
    Richard F. Newland BSc CCP (Aust)
  • Resilience in the Cardiac OR : Role of Human Factors in Recognizing and Recovering from Intra-Operative Disasters
    Joanna Chikwe MD
  • KEYNOTE: Insights from Collaborative Care Research: 5 Simple Changes You Can Make to Strengthen How Your Care Team Works and Learns Together
    Paul F. Uhlig MD MPA FACS
  • Challenging Cases and Panel Discussion

Break + Raffle Prize Drawing


Perfusion Education and Staffing
  • KEYNOTE: Perfusion Education: What a Student Experiences Today and What the Future Holds
    Jeffrey B. Riley MHPE CCP (emeritus) LP
  • Perfusion Non-Technical Skills Assessment
    David C. Fitzgerald DHA MPH CCP
  • Development of an Adult ECMO Specialists Exam
    Jeffrey B. Riley MHPE CCP (emeritus) LP
  • Is There a Light at the End of the Tunnel? An Update on the Perfusion Shortage
    Alfred H. Stammers MSA PBMS CCP (emeritus)
  • Challenging Cases and Panel Discussion

Lunch Product Theater


Attendee Choice: Hands-On, Interactive Education
  • Fireside Chat: Safety
  • Fireside Chat: Team-Building
  • Fireside Chat: Perfusion Education
  • Fireside Chat: Attendee Choice

SUNDAY, SEPT 26


5K/10K Fun Run & Walk

Financial Planning and Retirement
  • Sound Financial Management 
    Kevin J. Lilly CCP
  • End-of-Life Care Planning
    TBA
  • Retirement: So You Thought You Were Ready?
    Robert S. Kramer MD
  • Psychological Preparation for Retirement
    Stephen Barnes PhD
  • Scope of Practice: How to Transfer Your Skills to a New Position
    Alfred H. Stammers MSA PBMS CCP (emeritus)
  • Discussion & Workshop

Meeting Adjourns

The CREF program and scientific agenda is subject to change. All updates will be posted to our social-medial accounts and this website. For questions, contact us today!