Apply for the 2018 Brown-Brukardt Perfusion Scholarship

By November 16, 2017Articles

Perfusion scholarship applications will be accepted
December 1, 2017 – February 14, 2018.

Andy Stasko, MS, CCP, RRT
Associate Director of Clinical Quality and Outcomes Research
November 16, 2017

SpecialtyCare’s Executive Leadership supports the funding of perfusion education tuition for two students enrolled in CAAHEP-accredited programs. I am excited to announce that we will begin accepting the next round of applications for the 2018 Brown-Brukardt Perfusion Scholarship Program on December 1, 2017.

In addition to financial assistance, scholarship winners who successfully complete the program will be offered employment at SpecialtyCare. As part of our network of perfusionists, the recipients can take advantage of many other benefits that SpecialtyCare has to offer, including certification preparation, exposure to top surgeons, and participation in industry-leading research projects.

Perfusion is both a vital medical service and a smart career choice. About 350,000 people need open heart surgery and related cardiovascular perfusion support every year. However, hospitals are currently experiencing a perfusionist shortage, and qualified experts are in high demand. We have written about the shortage and are committed to actively recruiting smart, motivated men and women into the field to ensure that surgeons and patients have skilled perfusion care available when they need it most.

I encourage you to visit the Perfusionist Education section of our website for more on the scholarship and a list of accredited perfusion education programs. Download the application form, and feel free to email us at if you have questions after reviewing the information. The names of the two scholarship recipients will be announced the week ending March 9, 2018.

The Brown-Brukardt Perfusion Scholarships are given in honor of Jim Brown and Gary Brukardt—men who helped evolve the practice of perfusion and exemplified uncommon integrity, leadership, and dedication to patient care. Our goal is to support students who share these qualities and demonstrate outstanding potential as cardiovascular perfusionists.

Andy Stasko

About Andy Stasko

Andrew Stasko, MS, CCP, RRT, is Associate Director of Clinical Quality and Outcomes Research. As a member of SpecialtyCare’s Medical Office, Andy combines experience in operations, business development, and clinical quality, including special expertise using benchmarking with the STS Guidelines and cardiothoracic surgery and anesthesia protocols to establish workgroups that improve outcomes at the hospital and departmental level. He has worked in clinical perfusion and intraoperative blood management for 25 years, most recently serving as Clinical Manager in the Kentucky region. Previously, Andy provided services at major medical centers across the country, including his work as Chief of Perfusion at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY.