From Perfusionist to MD: A Career Pathway Realized

Editor’s Note: I started this blog on Feb 21, 2011.  Six and a half years ago to be precise.  Since it was a new format, and employing a dynamically newer media paradigm, I can’t say there wasn’t a bit of push-back from the perfusion community, some people were roiled, some feathers ruffled, and I was […]

“The Red Cell Highway: An Inside Look at Heart Surgery in America”

Editor’s Note: This book is halfway written, It is a rendering of the reality, sometimes sad and at times funny, emotional, and clinical vignettes of the many different aspects relating to open heart surgery- from the perspective of a perfusionist. This book is a commentary not only on the intricacies of heart surgery, but openly […]

Perfusion Art: Insight from an LVADer

“Insight from an LVADer” Contributor:  ‎Michael-Joshua Morris‎  Equipment:  Cut N Paste 🙂 Editing:  Photoshop: Contrast Filter Narrative: Joshua is an on-line friend I met almost 6 years ago.  He has had a HeartMate II in for that entire duration plus I believe at least 1 or more years prior.  His story is amazing- and 5 years ago I […]

Perfusion Art: “Transformation”

“Transformation” Photographer: Nadia Azuero, CCP Equipment:  DigitalSomething Editing:  Photoshop Narrative:  This Nadia, scrubbing in for surgery- last year of Med school. Time & Place: Operating Room, October 2016 About The Artist:  4th year Med Student/Cardiovascular Perfusionist/Locums  

Yahoo’s, Cowboy’s, & Heart Surgeons: Epiphany

Editor’s Note: I am writing a book on an inside perspective on Heart Surgery in America.  I decided that I would release portions of this story as I am telling it- to see what you think.  We all have our stories about how we got here 🙂 It is in chronological order, so some of the […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: A Cool ECC Modification

“These shunts were put in place to allow for passive recirculation of the Qust MPS Microplegia system, so that an unexpected negative pressure will NOT deprime the MPS system.” Editor’s Note: To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here My life is Family First and then Perfusion.  I switched from staff perfusionist to becoming a […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- ECMO

“I realized that I learned what a vast difference it is to move from doing a case in the OR, to following up on a patient on a daily basis and monitoring their care.” Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a series with our newest associate editor, Shayla Johnson, who is currently enrolled in a […]

Priming the Pump…

Author / Editor: Anna Lou Villena, Eastern & Asian Editor: CircuitSurfers.com International Perspectives & Cultural Analyst Face Book:  Anna Lou Hi Frank! This is OUR week– and thank you for this opportunity again to share my thoughts 🙂 Best regards, Anna [18] “Priming the PUMP” in the Perfusion Arena On a classical pattern of my life […]

Some Thoughts about Pump Configuration and Design: Collin Green

“Admittedly there are machines today where the arterial pump can be re-positioned closer to the table and sometimes higher but to the best of my knowledge sucker and cardioplegia pumps tend to stay on the machine base.“ Editor’s Note: I would like to introduce you to a perfusionist that contacted me recently and is the […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- First Rotation Experience

“If I had to give advice to new students, it would be to know the procedure going on at the table and to know what your surgeons expect.” Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a series with our newest associate editor, Shayla Johnson, who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I asked her to […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- Trials in Research Science

“No matter what type of study design, beginning the process of student research is very daunting…” Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a series with our newest associate editor, Shayla Johnson, who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I asked her to join the editorial team because she reflects the passion and excitement that […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- PRP

“I was able to see a technique that I hadn’t yet seen at any of my observations or at my school.” Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a series with our newest associate editor, Shayla Johnson, who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I asked her to join the editorial team because she reflects […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- Exams

“I wanted to get everything right, despite my nerves sometimes getting the best of me. What I hadn’t realized was that the whole year of practice had prepared me well.” Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a new series with our newest associate editor, Shayla Johnson, who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I […]

Welcome to the Editorial Staff! Shayla Johnson

Shayla Johnson, Associate Editor, CircuitSurfers.com Editor’s Note: I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Ms. Shayla Johnson to the editorial board of CircuitSurfers.com. Shayla has submitted numerous guest posts on this blog under the pseudonym- “Kora” and has been the author of a series of posts empasiizing her perspective as a continuing perfusion student […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- Homemade OR Sim

“Part of learning the steps of bypass and practicing, also includes knowing the roles of the other people in the OR” Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a new series with a guest blogger who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I am impressed that as a perfusion student she has the initiative to […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- Seminars and Symposiums

“Perfusion as a discipline is still very much in need of empirical evidence in order to develop best practices.” Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a new series with a guest blogger who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I am impressed that as a perfusion student she has the initiative to share her […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective- CPR

Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a new series with a guest blogger who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I am impressed that as a perfusion student she has the initiative to share her thoughts and impressions with us regarding the process of learning the art of perfusion technology from her own unique perspective: […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective: Cannulas and Cardioplegia

Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of a new series with a guest blogger who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I am impressed that as a perfusion student she has the initiative to share her thoughts and impressions with us regarding the process of learning the art of perfusion technology from her own unique perspective: […]

LPM: A Student’s Perspective

Editor’s Note: I am pleased to introduce a new guest blogger who is currently enrolled in a perfusion program.  I am impressed that as a perfusion student she has the initiative to share her thoughts and impressions with us regarding the process of learning the art of perfusion technology from her own unique perspective: “I am a first […]

A Locum’s ScrapBook: New Hallways…

Editor’s Note: I’m doing some perfusion traveling as I am taking my show on the road.  As such, every once in awhile I will be dropping a few notes and pictures of places visited, and observations made.  In a sense, the beginning of a scrap book on Open Heart Surgery in America (and other places […]

Cairo, Egypt: Case Study: AVR with Antiphospholipid Syndrome

Editor’s Note: I saw this post of Ramy’s FB page (or maybe one of the perfusion groups on FB) and reached out to Ramy to submit this as a case study.  He has graciously forwarded the case study and I thank you Ramy. Feel free to leave comments in the comments section- Happy Saturday 🙂 […]

A Medical Mission to the Philippines: OCA

“They say that the first step is the hardest in every journey of life’s mission…” Author / Editor: Hi Frank! Catching up…and thank you for this opportunity again to share my thoughts 🙂 Best regards, Anna [17] OCA’s Mission to Mindanao Heart Center on its 7th year IN RETROSPECT I should say that “MISSION is […]

From: Circuit Surfers WITH Perfusion.com! Happy New Year!

To view all of the New Year’s FB messages on Perfusion.com’s FB- click image above 🙂 A Message from Bryan Lich, CCP I want to thank everyone who has supported Circuit Surfer’s over the last 4 years. This year will represent a new chapter for Circuit Surfer’s, as it is now part of the Perfusion.com family. I […]

From CCP to MD: It’s in all of us!

Perfusion isn’t something you “do”, it’s a part of you; it partly defines you. How do I cope? I work on my time off… “Frank, I promise I’ve got some articles for you and surfers”. Yes, I’ve been saying that since, what?  April/May? Well, trying to master the rest of the human body basics doesn’t happen in 30 days. So, here goes.” […]

The Paradigm Shift of the Innocent Minds

“There is innocence in admiration and it occurs to those who have not yet realized that they might one day be admired.” Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [16] Making the perfusion arena known to the innocent minds of the 5th graders from Changchun American International School was challenging and yet turned out […]

The LipStick Sign: – RECOVERING from CPB

The “Sign” …  Patient’s reclaiming ownership of their health 🙂 Editor’s Note: First of all, I want to thank Dr. Bedi for his time and effort in sharing his perspective- and it is his insight suggested below that brings me to the point of this note… I find it amazingly refreshing to witness a merging […]

PLANNING FOR EMERGENCIES – The Perfusion Crash Cart

The Team PLANNING FOR EMERGENCIES – The Perfusion Crash Cart This is a ‘perfusion crash cart’ designed by me for my perfusionist and made locally . It comprises a industrial grade steel alloy body with medium sized wheels which allow fast mobility and keeps all essential items at one place . It can be easily […]

Welcome to the Circuit Surfers Editorial Staff: Dr. Harinder Singh Bedi

Click image to view editorial contributions Editor’s Note: I first started to notice the writings of Dr.Harinder Singh Bedi on his Face Book page a few months ago. What struck me was the tremendous enthusiasm and kindness, not to mention the energy he puts out with every comment or dialogue.  A very gracious man, in […]

A Unique Case Review:

Authored by Steve Sutton, LP, CCP Editor’s Note: Steve Sutton is well known and highly regarded into today’s Perfusion community.  He is a strong proponent for advancing Perfusion education and in pursuing that goal,  he has given numerous presentations at some of the most  premier Perfusion meetings held each year. Along with his dedication to […]

Welcome to the Circuit Surfers Editorial Staff: Nadia Azuero!

Click images to view profiles Editor’s Note: Nadia  has been a perfusionist for quite some time, and is a very active contributor here at Circuit Surfers. She is very talented, precise, and obviously committed to delivering extraordinary care to her patients.  She has had a large hand in helping develop the direction of “Surfers, and […]

Up Close & Personal: The Bental Procedure

Click images to enlarge (it’s definitely worth it) Editor’s Note: These amazing pictures are brought to you by Nadia Azuero, BS, CCP, LP- who is currently 3/4 way through Medical school. = Nadia joined the “Surfers team as an Associate Editor- in charge of Media &  Photography. Nadia is very gifted, as a skilled clinician, a […]

Welcome to the Circuit Surfers Editorial Staff: Steve Sutton!

Click images to view profiles Editor’s Note: Steve Sutton is well known and highly regarded into today’s Perfusion community.  He is a strong proponent for advancing Perfusion education and in pursuing that goal,  he has given numerous presentations at some of the most  premier Perfusion meetings held each year. Along with his dedication to Perfusion […]

Heart Surgery in India: “I Tied My Turban Myself”

Editor’s Note: This is a story written by an Indian cv surgeon I have written to on FB. It has a “Lawrence of Arabia” feel to it, and I enjoyed reading it very much- Thank you sir for the time and effort to share this tale 🙂 Dr. Harinder Singh Bedi  MCh,FIACS (Gold Medallist) Head […]

Pumping Down in Hybrid !

” Proper collaboration and teamwork among cardiothoracic surgeon and anesthesiologist, cardiologist, perfusionist, technician and nurses are very much essential for a successful functioning of a hybrid operating room.” Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [15] Unexpectedly as it was ordered “STAT” (from the Latin word STATIM = immediately), the Heart Lung Machine was […]

A NEW ‘Surfers Editor: Welcome Mr. Whitt Behr !

Editors Note: I know this guy personally- tough dude, and on the front end of serious amazing potential as a perfusionist. He is an associate editor for a reason.  Smart, well reasoned, meticulous, and he cares.  Probably the best reason was the last one I wrote. Well this is the last time I will write […]

1st Jilin Heart Academy Workshop in China: Summer 2013

Surfer’s Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena, perfusionist (Right) with friend @ prior event- June 8th  2013 Jilan Heart Center Changchun, China 1st Jilan Heart Academy Summer Workshop A leadoff in Cardiovascular medicine transpired last April 20-22, 2013, which was participated by a large number of Chinese medical practitioners all throughout Jilin Province. Medical breakthrough specifically in […]