​Children's Heart Center

Cardiovascular Perfusion Services

Children’s Heart Center has one of the most highly specialized and progressive cardiovascular perfusion teams in the state. As a part of the congenital cardiac surgery team, our perfusionists play a vital role in providing cardiac and pulmonary mechanical assist services.

Perfusionists are responsible for the selection, setup and operation of the cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) equipment (also known as the heart-lung machine), extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and a variety of equipment that may be required during surgical and medical procedures where it is necessary to support or temporarily replace a patient’s respiratory and/or circulatory functions.

Performing more than 350 bypass procedures each year, our perfusionists bring their extensive experience to patients in both our surgical and intensive care settings, and are integrally involved in patient care. Our model of specialized care management allows for superior expertise at the bedside and leads to an environment of safety that minimizes complications and translates to superior outcomes.

The latest research drives our protocols and practices. Our perfusionists participate in both basic science and clinical research, including mononuclear cell therapy for patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).

This expert team includes four pediatric professionals who are certified by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion. And with many members of the American Society of ExtraCorporeal Technology (AmSECT), our team boasts two members who have the distinction of being recognized by AmSECT as Fellows in Pediatric Perfusion (FPP).