Perfusionist: Center Stage

“Although Perfusion necessitates creative intervention, acting allows me to open an artsy creative side…” William Harris, CCP Editors Note: I think it’s pretty evident that perfusionists are innovative and passionate in their approach to life as well as work.  Most perfusionists are successful in other endeavors of their personal lives as well as their professional […]

Career Perfusionist [19] A Day in the Life of a Perfusionist …

Editor’s Note: Here is an excellent video brought to you by the Perfusion Department at the University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital site to showcase the role of the perfusionist for National Perfusion Week 2016. Thanks to our Canadian brothers to the North, you get to see a brief glimpse of what a career in […]

A Locums ScrapBook: A Day in the Life…

“I joked with the crew, and said, we are in the land of the Paramedics, cuz that’s pretty much all you could see.” Editor’s Note: To view the entire “Locum’s ScrapBook” series- click here I’m doing some perfusion traveling as I am taking my show on the road.  As such, every once in awhile I […]

Seeking Job Shadow in Chicago or Northern Indiana

Editor’s Note: Hello Chicago, and Northern Indiana! We have a prospective student looking for an opportunity to explore our profession- and yes she needs someone to shadow.  Any takers? Email Miranda Stumbo if you can make this happen 🙂 Thanks Frank Hello Circuit Surfers team, I am currently studying Biology and Neuroscience for my undergrad […]

On Being a Perfusionist: The Perfect Recovery from an Adverse Situation

ON BEING A PERFUSIONIST I think we are reminded of our human fallibility (the potential to err is in all of us) every day we pump a case. With so many steps and moving parts in the equation, the goal is to choreograph out a perfect “10” every single time. Of course that doesn’t always […]

From Belgium: What is a Perfusionist?

Editor’s Note: Below you will see a very inspiring video detailing the scope of practice of a perfusionist, and describing the vast array of talents as well as the personal fortitude that is required to seriously engage the profession. I want to thank Dr. Verhofste for forwarding me this video, and allowing me to share […]

Perfusion Job Shadow Request: Minnesota

Editor’s Note: Hello Minnesota! We have a prospective student looking for an opportunity to explore our profession- and yes she needs someone to shadow.  Any takers? Email Deanna if you can make this happen 🙂 Thanks Frank Good morning! I am interested in shadowing a perfusionist. Currently I am a certified Hematopoietic Transplant Coordinator, but […]

Perfusion Job Shadow: Phoenix Arizona

Editor’s Note: If there is anybody in the Phoenix Arizona area tthat is so inclined, this potential student is interested in perfusion. Frank Hi, I am a college student looking to observe perfusionists near 85042 (Phoenix, AZ) and 85286 (Chandler, AZ). Could an email be sent or a web post be written regarding my matter? Thank you. Cecilia […]

Perfusion Job Shadow: Maryland

Editor’s Note: If there is anybody in the The Great State of Maryland that is so inclined, this potential student is very interested in perfusion. Frank Hello, I am interested in perfusion as a career and am applying to schools currently. I have been having a little trouble finding a center in my area to shadow a perfusionist […]

Perfusion Job Shadow: Mississippi, Alabama, or New Orleans !

Editor’s Note: If there is anybody in the Mississippi, Alabama, or New Orleans area that is so inclined, this potential student is very interested in perfusion. Frank Hi there! I am interested in obtaining a Master’s in Perfusion Science. Do you know of any perfusionists in the Mississippi, Alabama, or New Orleans area that would be […]

MN or ND: Potential Student Seeking Job Shadow Opportunity

Potential Student Seeking Job Shadow Opportunity Editor’s Note: Hello to Minnesota and MN CCP’s 🙂 This young man is looking for a job shadow opportunity somewhere (he lives in ND and hails from MN).  I know some great people in Duluth- and of course Rochester (Mayo) is a tremendous opportunity. Can you give him a […]

Perfusion IRAQ: Hussein Najim

“For the situation in my country made me a man in every sense and I was able to achieve what you dreamed it despite the difficult circumstances in which we live. I wish to live in peace.” Click to enlarge.  An amazing photo 🙂 Editors ‘Note: I have followed Hussein Najim’s FB page for a […]

Seeking Perfusion Job Shadow Opportunity in Jacksonville, Florida

Editor’s Note: Any of “Y’All” over there in Jacksonville want to help this prospective student out?  Please refer to her contact information and thanks for giving her a shot 🙂 Frank Hello Circuit Surfers team, My name is Rabia and I live in Jacksonville Florida. I’m applying to a CVP Perfusion Program. I have been following […]

Student Wishs to Job Shadow in Virginia Area: Plz Assist?

Editor’s Note: Got this email today- and wanted to shout out to our Virginia Perfusionists and see if they can lend a hand in getting this young lady an opportunity to see what we do.  Please respond directly to her email- Thanks in advance 🙂 Frank Hi, I am a student at NVCC, and I […]

Perfusion in Nepal: Interview With Laxmi Shrestha

“Technologies today have made world nearer. The social networking sites(SNS) as you have mentioned have been a source to communicate at few time in every field and every area. Similary, We perfusionist have also got a good platform for sharing our views, information, techniques by these sites. And yes, it has definitely made us easy […]

Student Seeking Job Shadow Opportunity: Miami Area

Editor’s Note: Anybody in Florida want to help this potential perfusion candidate out? Mr. Aprile, Hi , I’m a student at MDCC, getting the prerequisites done which I need to enroll in Barry U’s perfusionist program. I would love to shadow a perfusionist at work one time to make absolutely sure that this is what […]

Student Seeking Job Shadow Opportunity: Miami Area

Editor’s Note: Anybody in Florida want to help this potential perfusion candidate out? Mr. Aprile, Hi , I’m a student at MDCC, getting the prerequisites done which I need to enroll in Barry U’s perfusionist program. I would love to shadow a perfusionist at work one time to make absolutely sure that this is what […]

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 […]

Letters from a Perfusionist in Germany: Coming to America…

Editor’s Note: Hi Guys, I got this letter from a perfusionist in Germany. I don’t know if the ABCP recognizes Perfusion Certification from Europe.  I guess the question is- can he sit for the ABCP boards? Hi Frank, hope u can help.. i want to immigrate to the states after i finish my Master degree […]

Writers & Bloggers Wanted :

Hi- Wanted to see if there are any perfusionists out there that like to write- or want to write about their perfusion experiences? Perfusionists from all corners of the World are invited to participate … Writing / blogging is basically taking taking your point of view on aspects of perfusion and sharing it with others […]

Why I want to be a Perfusionist? I want to save lives.

Editor’s Note: I got this message in the comments section.  I don’t know exactly what the question is:  Looking to get into school- or just graduated and looking for a position? What is clear to me is that this was a very compelling narrative about our profession- So let’s help him / her out shall […]

Career Perfusionist [18] On Being A Perfusionist …

  ON BEING A PERFUSIONIST I think we are reminded of our human fallibility (the potential to err is in all of us) every day we pump a case. With so many steps and moving parts in the equation, the goal is to choreograph out a perfect “10” every single time. Of course that doesn’t […]

Heart Surgery in the PI: My Pump Support Drama

The Republic of the Philippines. Heart Surgery in the PI: The Republic of the Philippines Click image to view Weng’s FB page… My Pump Support Drama By Weng Puno-Baldeo = it was just a regular day in the o.r. after a vsd case the team dismantled the hlm, charged all the supplies used and preparing a […]

A Question for European Perfusionists: Germany in Particular

Editor’s Note I got this message on FB today.  Any German perfusionists want to answer this question for the young gentleman from Egypt? Hello, My name is Ramy Farid. I’m from Egypt and I’m graduated from the faculty of science biology department And I have egyption fellowship in perfusion of cardiopulmonary bypass For 2 years […]

Diary of a Perfusion Slave: The Internship

Giorgiarobertandrea Isidoro COMING SOON Editors Note: Giorgiarobertandrea Isidoro is a student I met on FB a couple of years ago.  She has completed her perfusion training in Italy, and is going to do a perfusion internship in Rome.  She will pe submitting a picture diary of her life as a Roman perfusion intern, and all […]

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 […]

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 […]

Heart Surgery in Pakistan: An Interview with Abdul Qadeer Khan

Pakistan. Editor’s Note: This is part 1 of an introduction from Abdul Qadeer Khan, and his experiences as a perfusionist in Pakistan.  It is a very nice, well written letter and I want to thank you personally Mr. Khan, for you kindness and the time you took to share this with the rest of us […]

Letters From Saudi Arabia: Plz Recommend a Perfusion Program

Editor’s Note: Hi Guys, I got this letter from a graduating nursing student from Saudi Arabia. If you have any suggestions for a great perfusion school you would like to recommend- please respond here in the comments section, or directly to Mr. Wafe at his listed email address. I need your help from Saudi Arabia […]

Career Perfusionist [16] We ALL Have an MD in our Skill Set

Nadia Azuero, B.S., CCP, LP Editor’s Note: Nadia Azureo, CCP, BS, LP,  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. Nadia is currently going to med school.. More Significantly, she […]

College Station, Houston, or San Antonio! Student Seeking Job Shadow Opportunity.

Editor’s Note: This is the second time this young lady has made an inquiry, so it seems she is pretty determined to give it a shot- and you have to admire that 🙂 So c’mon guys-  I know there has to be somebody in Texas willing to help out 🙂 Mr. Aprile, My name is […]

From Saigon to Facebook: An Interview With a Veteran Perfusionist & a Veteran of Foreign Wars

“Be willing to work many hours, often times in a very stressful situation where the human life; both adult and infant are at stake.“ Click images to enlarge … Editors Note: There is a guy I work with down here in West Texas, who helps us out with ABG’s, art lines, monitoring, Swanns, IABP’s, and […]

Up Close With Perfusion in China

“Impeccable timing is very important to approach a person especially if you are aiming to break the wall of intimidation and aloofness brought by language diversity.” Author / Editor: Co-Editor Anna Lou Villena 🙂 [11] Impeccable timing is very important to approach a person especially if you are aiming to break the wall of intimidation […]

Houston or San Antonio! Student Seeking Job Shadow this Summer!

Mr. Aprile, I recently came across your blog about perfusion. I’m currently a senior at Texas A&M and still undecided about my plans after graduation. Perfusion has sparked my interest and I was wondering if you know any perfusionist in the San Antonio or Houston area that I could shadow this summer. Thank you for […]

Perfusion China: Part IV: An Interview with Anna lou Villena

“Chinese medical professionals are actually interested to enhance their skills and specialization with the help of foreign doctors/professionals.” Anna lou Villena of the Republic of the Philippines- Working in China To view the ENTIRE interview series- click here … Editor’s Note: Thanks for coming back to the 4th and final part of an exceptional interview […]

Perfusion China: Part III: An Interview with Anna lou Villena

“After all, we have the same purpose –and that is to save and prolong lives.” Anna lou Villena of the Republic of the Philippines- Working in China To view the ENTIRE interview series- click here … Editor’s Note: I met Anna Lou through contacts on Facebook- I don’t have a direct link to her FB […]

Perfusion China: Part II: An Interview with Anna lou Villena

Anna lou Villena of the Republic of the Philippines- Working in China To view the ENTIRE interview series- click here … Editor’s Note: I met Anna Lou through contacts on Facebook- I don’t have a direct link to her FB profile, but it was through some other friends that I was finally able to contact […]

Perfusion China: Part I: The Asian Equation- an Interview with Anna lou Villena

Anna lou Villena of the Republic of the Philippines- Working in China To view the ENTIRE interview series- click here … Editor’s Note: I met Anna Lou through contacts on Facebook- I don’t have a direct link to her FB profile, but it was through some other friends that I was finally able to contact […]

Perfusion South Korea: An Interview with Lee Jinkwon

Lee Jinkwon of South Korea Click image to visit site Sejong general hospital was founded in 1982. In 1987, the hospital has developed an artificial heart for the first time in Korea, and transplanted it into a calf with a 45 days maintenance record (which has not yet been broken in Korea). The quality of […]

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 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 […]

Circuit Surfers is 2 Years Old !

Why?  Cuz I think cool pictures are part of our lives … 2 Years … Wow !  Never really thought it would go this long- or that it went by so fast. First of all- Thanks all of you for joining and reading.  Slowly you guys started trusting or at least enjoying the site- and […]

From South Korea: A Very Cool Peds Perfusion Video

Editor’s Note: Was checking out some perfusion Facebook groups, and came across a very cool perfusion video from  Lee Jinkwon (a South Korean perfusionist). Here is his introduction: Lee Jinkwon “Hello, My name is Lee Jinkwon. South Korea, Sejong general Hospital Congenital cardiac sugery team, Perfusionist.. I introduce to our Neonate circuit. We use to […]

Career Perfusionist: [13] The Extracorporeal Circuit

The Extracorporeal Circuit Diversion of blood from the operative site, via an extracorporeal circuit (ECC) is necessary to proceed with open heart surgery .  Vascular access leading to the right side of the heart (venous) and ejecting from the left side of the heart (arterial) is shunted from the patient to the heart lung machine. […]