CREF Program and Scientific Agenda

The 2018 CREF program and scientific agenda will focus on the following general topic areas:

  • ECMO & ECLS
  • Blood Management
  • Myocardial Protection
  • Safety and Quality Improvement
  • Renal and Neurological Protection
  • Sexual Harassment in Medicine
  • Team Dynamics in the OR
  • Challenging Cases

Below is the scientific agenda for the 38th Annual Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium. Check back regularly or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter to be informed of updates to the 2018 CREF program.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6


Welcome & Conference Overview 
  • Alfred H. Stammers MSA CCP and
    Susan W. Westwood MA
ECMO: How to Start or Expand a Program 
  • How to Start an ECMO Program: From Staffing to Funding to Establishing Medical Need
    William M. Hiesinger MD
  • Developing or Expanding an ECMO Program
    Amit A. Pawale MD FRCS
  • Nuts & Bolts of an ECMO Practice: What to Do, What Not to Do
    Linda B. Mongero BS CCP
  • Challenging Cases and Panel Discussion

Break


ECMO: The Next Level 
  • Anticoagulation for ECMO
    Amit A. Pawale MD FRCS
  • ECMO Cannulation Strategies
    Linda B. Mongero BS CCP
  • ICU Care of the ECMO Patient
    Vadim Gudzenko MD
  • Challenging Cases and Panel Discussion

Meet & Greet Luncheon


ECMO: Patient Selection and Ethical Concerns 
  • Clinical and Ethical Considerations of ECMO
    William M. Hiesinger MD 
  • Patient Selection: A Critical-Care Perspective
    Vadim Gudzenko MD
  • Challenging Cases and Panel Discussion
Abstract Presentations 
  • Do High-Dose Statins Have a Cardioprotective Effect on
    Patients Undergoing Valvular Heart Surgery?
    Surendra Kumar Agarwal MCh 
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation In
    Postcardiotomy Pediatric Patients: Do Biventricular
    Hearts Show Better Outcomes?
    Ahmed F. Elmahrouk MD
  • Standard Cardioplegic Solution
    Alexander Melerzanov MD PhD
  • Location, Location, Location—Physical Location in
    the Hospital for ECMO Cannulation Affects Patient
    Survival to Discharge
    Andrew P. Rabenstein MD
  • Surgical Repair of Perimembranous Ventricular Septal
    Defect and Aortic Regurgitation in AN Adult Patient with
    “LAUBRY-PEZZI Syndrome”: A Case Report
    Abir Riache MD
  • Hypotension with the Use of Leukocyte Depleting Filters
    Helen W. Scarrott BSC(Hons)
  • Full Flow at 20,000 Feet
    E. Daniel Whitehead MHS CCP

Break


Attendee Choice: Hands-On, Interactive Education
  • Biomed Simulation ECMO Workshop
  • Getinge ECLS Workshop
  • Fireside Chats
  • Hospitality Suites

ECMO: The Patient's Perspective

  • My ECMO Story
    Patients 1 & 2
  • Panel Discussion

Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7


Terumo Breakfast Product Theater
Engineering the Next-Generation Oxygenators to Deliver Powerful Performance
Benjamin Komorowski CCP Emeritus

Blood: I

  • Indications for Plasma Transfusion
    Lawrence Tim Goodnough MD
  • The STS / SCA / AmSECT Anticoagulation Clinical Practice Guidelines
    David C. Fitzgerald MPH CCP LP
  • Leveraging Clinical Data and Benchmarking to Improve Cardiovascular Perfusion Practices
    Donald S. Likosky PhD
  • Challenging Cases and Panel Discussion

Break & Exhibits


Blood: II 
  • KEYNOTE: The TRICS III Trial: Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities
    C. David Mazer MD FRCPC
  • Patient Blood Management: RBC Transfusion
    Lawrence Tim Goodnough MD

  • Challenging Cases and Panel Discussion

Lunch Break & Exhibits 

Medtronic Lunch Product Theater
Watch, Listen, Build, Test, Improve, Repeat! How Human Factors Science Is Integral to Product Development
Paul Cassidy PhD


Blood: III
  • Update on Blood Conservation in Cardiac Surgery
    C. David Mazer MD FRCPC
  • Comparative Evaluation of Blood-Salvage Techniques in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery with Cardiopulmonary Bypass
    Serdar Gunaydin MD PhD
  • Collaborative Quality Improvement Reduces Post-Operative Pneumonia Following Isolated Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery
    Donald S. Likosky PhD
  • Challenging Cases and Panel Discussion

Break & Exhibits


Attendee Choice: Hands-On, Interactive Education
  • Medtronic Autotransfusion Workshop
  • LivaNova TandemLife Workshop
  • Fireside Chats
  • Hospitality Suites
  • Spectrum Medical Quantum System Workshop

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8


Safety and Quality Improvement: I
  • Presentation of the Medtronic 19th Annual Utley Award
  • Quality Improvement: Owning the Process
    Robert S. Kramer MD
  • Identifying Workflow Disruptions in the Cardiovascular Operating Room
    Tara Cohen PhD
  • The "Just Culture" Approach to Perfusion Quality and Safety
    David C. Fitzgerald MPH CCP LP
  • Databases Are Indispensable for Quality Assurance in Surgery
    Tirone E. David MD
  • Challenging Cases and Panel Discussion

Break & Exhibits


Safety and Quality Improvement: II
  • KEYNOTE: Heart Valve Surgery: Where We Need to Improve
    Tirone E. David MD
  • Outliers: Strategies That Turned Failures into Great Teams with Great Outcomes
    Joanna Chikwe MD
  • Debate and Discussion
    Joanna Chikwe MD and Tirone E. David MD

Lunch Break & Exhibits


Safety and Quality Improvement: II
  • Why Guidelines Rarely Penetrate the Barriers of Clinical Practice
    Alfred H. Stammers MSA CCP
  • Using a Human-Factors Framework to Investigate Near-Miss Events During Surgery
    Tara Cohen PhD
  • Fear and Loathing in the Operating Room: (Sexual) Harassment and Other Big Little Lies
    Joyce A. Wahr MD FAHA
  • Panel Discussion

Break


Attendee Choice: Hands-On, Interactive Education
  • CAPS Workshop: Back to the Future: Simple One-Button Syringe Pump to Deliver Microplegia Utilizing Adenocaine Technology
  • Eight Medical Workshop: Intraperitoneal & Intrathoracic Hyperthermia
  • Fireside Chats
  • Hospitality Suites
  • Ask Me Anything (AMA) Roundtables

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9


5K/10K Fun Run & Walk

Organ, Cerebral, and Myocardial Protection 
  • Cerebral Protection During Cardiac Surgery: An Update
    Serdar Gunaydin MD PhD
  • Cardioplegia: Science, Practice, and Fairy-Tales
    Joanna Chikwe MD
  • Cardiac Surgery-Associated Acute Kidney Injury: Old News and New News 
    Robert S. Kramer MD
  • Variation Reduction in Clinical Perfusion: Is It Possible and Is It Even Necessary?
    Alfred H. Stammers MSA CCP


Break & Prize Raffle Drawing


Challenging Cases and Near Misses

Job-Seeker's Lunch Workshop 

  • Five Important Elements of an Effective Resume
    Susan W. Westwood MA
  • Essential Interview Skills for Healthcare Professionals
    Alfred H. Stammers MSA CCP
  • How to Negotiate
    Robert S. Kramer MD
  • Discussion and Feedback

Meeting Adjourns

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