Novick Cardiac Alliance is happy to announce our return to building pediatric open heart programs in Iraq!

Click image above to visit this website Editor’s Note: I have been in contact with Dr. Novick, and Brian Forsberg LP, CCP, MPH, for almost the entire tenure of the Circuit Surfers blog.  I am impressed that our approaches and goals are so similarly tuned, and have always believed in what they (and this blog) stand […]

The Novick Cardiac Alliance: An Introduction

Editor’s Note: I have been in contact with Dr. Novick, and Brian Forsberg LP, CCP, MPH, for almost the entire tenure of the Circuit Surfers blog.  I am impressed that our approaches and goals are so similarly tuned, and have always believed in what they (and this blog) stand for. Thus, this post is to once […]

Come Pump With Us This Summer 2015 !

Editor’s Note: I got an email from my good friend Brian Forsberg, CCP.  He is currently campaigning for a very fulfilling and worthy cause, and asking interested perfusionists to volunteer some of their time and join then on one of their many charitable pediatric missions. You will join a committed team in exotic countries, and […]

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 […]

The William Novick Cardiac Alliance: We Need Perfusionists !

The William Novick Cardiac Alliance Dear Friends, We are very pleased to announce The William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance, a new foundation formed by Dr. William Novick and the clinical and administrative staff he has mentored and shared his vision with for the past 21 years. The Novick Cardiac Alliance is committed to bringing sustainable […]

The William Novick Cardiac Alliance: We Need Perfusionists !

The William Novick Cardiac Alliance To volunteer or make an inquiry please email  Brian C. Forsberg MPH CCP. Dear Friends We are very pleased to announce The William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance, a new foundation formed by Dr. William Novick and the clinical and administrative staff he has mentored and shared his vision with for […]

We Need You ! ICHF 2014 Mission Schedule

We NEED You ! ICHF has conducted medical mission trips since the beginning of their work in 1993. Our trips have increased over the years so that now there are at least two ICHF Medical Teams every month repairing children’s hearts somewhere in the world. If you are interested in offering financial support to one […]

Mission Pictures from Cambodia: A Photo Essay by an Australian Perfusionist

Induction Editors Note: I received a series of wonderful pictures from a perfusionist in Australia.  They were stunning really- so I asked if there was a story behind them, as I wanted to put them in the Art Gallery- but was too intrigued by the photos themselves. So I got a response, and a very […]

ICHF: Healing Hearts in Honduras

Click image to view this article. Editors Note: I have had the pleasure of getting to know Brian C. Forsberg MPH CCP, the team of ICHF, and interviewing Dr. Bill Novick over that past couple of years.  The “BabyHeart” blog is in my opinion, a very well written and insightful effort that brings us to […]

ICHF: Hope Renewed

Click image to view this article. Editors Note: I have had the pleasure of getting to know Brian C. Forsberg MPH CCP, the team of ICHF, and interviewing Dr. Bill Novick over that past couple of years.  The “BabyHeart” blog is in my opinion, a very well written and insightful effort that brings us to […]

Babies Deserve More Than One Day of Life

“I told them that if we did not employ a form of ECMO in the next few minutes the child would die.” Editor’s Note: This post impressed me quite a bit, so thank you Dr. Novick, and Brian Forsberg, for doing what you guys do out there in Iraq right now-  very impressive work and personal […]

ICHF 2013 Mission Link

Donation Link:  ICHF  Click image above to donate time / or materials 🙂 Click image above to view post @ Babyheart.org We NEED You ! ICHF has conducted medical mission trips since the beginning of their work in 1993. Our trips have increased over the years so that now there are at least two ICHF […]

We Need You ! ICHF 2013 Mission Schedule

Donation Link:  ICHF  Click image above to donate time / or materials 🙂 Click image above to view post @ Babyheart.org We NEED You ! ICHF has conducted medical mission trips since the beginning of their work in 1993. Our trips have increased over the years so that now there are at least two ICHF […]

Desert Heart- ICHF in Iraq

Editors Note: I first heard of the International Children’s Heart Foundation and it’s founder and Medical Director, Dr. Bill Novick, from interviews and dialogue with Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP. Here are some details of scope of their mission: Published on Jan 22, 2013 As US troops were ending their mission a Babyheart mission had just […]

We Made It To Z Big Time !

Perfusionist Blogger Frank Aprile of Circuitsurfers.com Interviews Dr. Novick Click images to view source article … Editors Note: I first heard of the International Children’s Heart Foundation and it’s founder and Medical Director, Dr. Bill Novick, from interviews and dialogue with Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP. And now it seems that a recent interview with Dr. […]

We Need You ! ICHF 2013 Mission Schedule

Click image above to view post @ Babyheart.org We NEED You ! ICHF has conducted medical mission trips since the beginning of their work in 1993. Our trips have increased over the years so that now there are at least two ICHF Medical Teams every month repairing children’s hearts somewhere in the world. The year […]

We Need Perfusionists ! An Interview With World Famous Pediatric Heart Surgeon- Dr. Novick

“I told them that if we did not employ a form of ECMO in the next few minutes the child would die.” Click images to enlarge … Editors Note: I first heard of Dr. Bill Novick, from interviews and dialogue with Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP. As well, two members from our open-heart our team-  surgical […]

Do You Have a Mission ?

A New Approach If you have a Medical Mission that you are planning… I would like to offer up a newer and perhaps innovative approach to facilitating materials, supplies, and volunteer efforts. It would involve a Post or Advertisement of your Mission… Here on CircuitSurfers. Obviously at no charge. Trial it?  See How it Works? […]

There are 3 People that I would Like to Thank :)

The 1st is my wife- Kashmir Elizabeth Aprile– Who has supported my efforts- and reminded me of the bigger scale of what is happening here @ Circuit Surfers dot com. Her talks and support to me have been heroic- inspiring- and down to earth. She has reminded me of who I am – who we […]

URGENT : We NEED You !

Click Image to view Mission details … Editor’s Note: Please visit the website above and contact/email  Brian C. Forsberg MPH CCP. Kharkiv, Ukraine                        Jan 26 – Feb 9 Guayaquil, Ecuador                  Apr 6 – Apr 20 Tegucigalpa, Honduras             Apr 10 – May 4 Kharkiv, Ukraine                        Apr 6 – Apr 20 Skopje, Macedonia […]

A New Mission- A New Adventure …

Brian Goes to Basra, Iraq Click image above to view his latest post. This is a NEW Perfusion Blog by Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, LP. Click the image above to view his site.  He is a tremendous perfusionist, specializing in pediatrics and international perfusion missions.

A Pediatric Heart Mission: The Dominican Republic [3]

Editor’s Note: I want to thank Alfredo Lomeli, CST, an open heart surgical scrub technician from Lubbock, Texas,  and  volunteered his time to work on a pediatric mission to the Dominican Republic.  The following is his photographic journal and narrative of the events and the great story that transpired. Alfredo Alfredo in the D R (Dominican […]

A Pediatric Heart Mission: The Dominican Republic [2]

(Click Image to View Entire Dominican Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Alfredo Lomeli, CST, an open heart surgical scrub technician from Lubbock, Texas,  and  volunteered his time to work on a pediatric mission to the Dominican Republic.  The following is his photographic journal and narrative of the events and the great story that transpired. […]

A Pediatric Heart Mission: The Dominican Republic [1]

(Click Image to View Entire Dominican Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Alfredo Lomeli, CST, an open heart surgical scrub technician from Lubbock, Texas,  and  volunteered his time to work on a pediatric mission to the Dominican Republic.  The following is his photographic journal and narrative of the events and the great story that transpired. […]

A Really Great NEW Perfusion Blog: By Brian forsberg

Editor’s Note: Brian Forsberg and I started communicating when I first began this blog.  He was always supportive and kind- and propped me up when there was so much contempt and hostility aimed at the blog (as well as me). I can only say thank you Brian- thank you for that. So he does a […]

Urgent Need : A Perfusionist for 2 weeks in Najaf, Iraq

Hello Frank, Is there any way you can post this urgent appeal for us? Thank you for anything you can do… Brian C. Forsberg, MPH CCP email response to:  brianforpres@aol.com We are in URGENT need of a Perfusionist for Two Weeks on the following trip.  Please let me know if you are available for this mission as […]

Veteran Diaries

By :  Anonymous Veteran Diaries Well Frank, I am happy that our conversation stimulated a new discussion topic. But Methuselah? Really?? Just kidding. I am actually not that sensitive about my age. I worked very hard to get to this point in life’s stages. A few thoughts about older perfusionists: My favorite instructors when I […]

URGENT ! San Salvador Mission: Pediatric Perfusionist Needed

July 22-28:  2012 Looking for a Peds Perf to go on mission to San Salvador ES. July 22-28. Airfare, hotel and most meals are provided. Nice hotel accommodations. The program has their own surgeons and perfusionists. The mission will focus on providing guidance to them e.g. MUF techniques, current practices, etc…   Thanks, Joe Niman […]

Welcome to A NEW Perfusion Blog !

This is a NEW Perfusion Blog by Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, LP. Click the image above to view his site.  He is a tremendous perfusionist, specializing in pediatrics and international perfusion missions. His Introductory Posts… =

URGENT ! San Salvador Mission: Pediatric Perfusionist Needed

July 22-28:  2012 Looking for a Peds Perf to go on mission to San Salvador ES. July 22-28. Airfare, hotel and most meals are provided. Nice hotel accommodations. The program has their own surgeons and perfusionists. The mission will focus on providing guidance to them e.g. MUF techniques, current practices, etc… Thanks, Joe Niman University […]

Saturday Morning Brunch : Global Missions

Some good looking eggs … A Global “Mission” So how do we develop a global network ? Step 1: Identify the Mission It’s About People … Right ? Step II : Gather Your Most Valuable Resource: People Reach for the Sky ?  Better Yet- Let’s Network…. Step III : Materials & Supplies- A Big step […]

Letters From Ecuador: Comfort Zones … [8]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

The Perfusionist: Role in Surgery for Children with Congenital Heart Disease

I was going back and forth with Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on twitter this evening discussing a lot of facets regarding international perfusion, and explosion of different avenues regarding research, humanitarian efforts, and perfusion mission work. First things first- Thank you Brian for what you bring to the table, for us as a profession, but […]

Letters From Ecuador : From this Day on, it was a Blur [7]

“If you are taught by the best, you will be the best. It was an absolute honor to get to scrub for Dr. Novick. It is nice to scrub for a surgeon who expects nothing but excellence, and it is even nicer when the surgeon recognizes your talent, and how hard you work your butt […]

Letters From Ecuador: Improvising [6]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

Letters From Ecuador : From West Texas [5]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Author: LaceyTodd, CORT, from West Texas, who volunteered her time as a pediatric cardiovascular scrub technician. Formalities … Frank, Here it be 🙂 Not sure how much you wanted, so feel free to leave anything out! Thanks for posting it! First of all, I would like to thank Frank/Circuit […]

Letters From Ecuador: Getting Started [4]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

Letters From Ecuador : Setting The Field Straight [3]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Author: Frank Aprile, writing from an initial conversation with LaceyTodd, CORT, who volunteered her time as a pediatric cardiovascular scrub technician. She  authors her own narrative on this adventure in future parts of this series… A Conversation and a Napkin… Is pretty much what this part of the […]

Letters From Ecuador: The Arrival [2]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) Editor’s Note: I want to thank Margaret R. Harrington, who was a perfusion student close to graduation, and volunteered her time to work with The International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) and Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP, on a pediatric mission to Ecuador.  The following is her narrative and insight- […]

Letters From Ecuador: A Preview [1]

(Click Image to View Entire Ecuador Series) COMING SOON … = The Arrival… = A Scrub Techs Notes …. (on Tissue Paper) = A Student’s POV Click Here to Continue … International Children’s Heart Foundation Click to View our Website…

Cooler-Heater and/or a Blanketrol Needed for Mission

I’m trying to locate a cooler-heater and/or a Blanketrol that can be donated to a pediatric program in Central America. I would also be willing to purchase at a deep discount if possible. Thanks, Joe Niman email:  jniman@umich.edu

Pediatric Hearts in Iraq

Click to View Site and Read this Story… Got a quick note from my friend Brian Forsberg, and I followed the link which led me to the story I am highlighting above. I contacted the authors of this blog, because I liked what I saw, I liked the effort, and I especially was touched by […]

FAQ for Planning a Perfusion Mission- The “Q” part …

Frequently Asked Questions about Perfusion Missions… The Question Part… I was sniffing around looking for some perfusion interviews to do- when I got into a dialogue with a perfusionist who is currently engaged in contributing medical supplies to a hospital in India.  The question that comes up is what is the next step in this […]

Media Scrum

(This is actually @ the End of the day…) An interesting day in the OR here. Every once in a while a high profile case that is deemed “media-worthy” falls into your lap. In this case it’s a charity pediatric ASD repair for a young girl from south of our southern borders. I’m a bystander […]

ICHF: A Man on a Mission: [2]

Author & Message:  Courtesy of Mr. Brian Forsberg, MPH, CCP ICHF Mission It is every child’s right to be born into a world where he or she can thrive, grow to be strong and make their parents proud. It is not, however, every child’s destiny. One in every 100 children born in the developing world […]

A Man on a Mission: [1]

Santa Domingo… I think we all have visions or dreams of what we find adventurous and fascinating about the field of perfusion.  I know I have thought of going to unusual places like Mongolia, or exotic South East Asian cities to work as a perfusionist.  Australia, New Zealand and the Maori warrior-spirit thing. Sepia toned […]

Pediatric Perfusionist Needed

Santiago, Dominican Republic : Tegucigalpa, Honduras International Children’s Heart Foundation, a non-profit 501(C)3 charity based in Memphis, Tennessee that provides cardiac surgery for children around the world, is in urgent need of a pediatric perfusionist to participate on a mission to: Santiago, Dominican Republic on September 24 – October 8 Click Image to View Santiago… […]