Hear from leading authorities in the field

Meet with industry experts

For more than 30 years Mechanisms has been associated with perfusion leadership, building a reputation as THE industry event for advanced learning that can immediately be applied back in the OR. This year, Mechanisms: The SpecialtyCare Advanced Perfusion Forum, will build on this momentum by taking perfusion education and innovation to a whole new level. Our 2016 conference is going to be perfusion education like you’ve never seen. You won’t want to miss it!

Leading our 2016 event is SpecialtyCare’s Chief Medical Officer, Sam Weinstein, MD, MBA. In addition, Director of Education and Clinical Performance, Linda Mongero, CCP, and Director of Clinical Quality and Outcomes Research, Alfred Stammers, MSA, CPBMT, CCP, have joined our team and are actively working to further elevate what is already regarded as perfusion’s most advanced national education opportunity.

Together, these highly regarded industry leaders are creating an agenda that features the best and brightest experts in perfusion, ECMO, ECLS, and blood management.

Keynote Speakers

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Liz Jazwiec, RN, is a nationally renowned speaker, strategist, and author who has shared her passion for leadership, engagement, and service with audiences all across the country.

As a hospital officer, Liz helped raise service scores at Chicago, Illinois’ Holy Cross Hospital from the 5th to the 99th percentile in just a few years. Her work as vice president of patient care and as the director of emergency services was one of the key reasons Holy Cross won Fortune Magazine’s Enterprise Award for Best Business Practices in 1996.

Today, Liz uses that expertise to inspire other organizations interested in building a culture where excellence is driven by strong leaders and engaged employees.

Liz is the award winning author of the bestselling books “Eat THAT Cookie!” and “Hey Cupcake! We are ALL Leaders.” In 2010, “Eat THAT Cookie” was chosen as a winner of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award in the leadership and management category. Her latest book, “Service Excellence is as Easy as P.I.E.” has been released, and is receiving rave reviews.

Many audiences describe Liz’s presentations as uplifting, motivational, and fun. However, they also clearly respect her practical and experience-based style. You’re sure to enjoy her creative and viable suggestions for addressing some of the difficult issues facing organizations today.

Learn more about Liz at her website.


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David A. D’Alessandro, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and surgical director of Heart Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Devices in the Division of Cardiac Surgery.

Before joining, Dr. D’Alessandro was on the faculty of the Montefiore Medical Center in New York where he served as the surgical director of the Heart Transplantation Program. Under his leadership, the program experienced consistent growth and led the region in survival outcomes. In 2013 he was named the Erika and Jay Abramson Distinguished Surgeon in recognition of his scientific contributions to the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. D’Alessandro received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and completed his medical education at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency in general surgery, a fellowship in renal transplantation and clinical and research fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

Dr. D’Alessandro has focused his clinical interests on surgical treatments of end stage heart failure including mechanical assistance and heart transplantation. He has broad experience with all aspects of adult cardiothoracic surgery including on and off pump coronary artery bypass surgery, valve repair and replacement, and the treatment thoracic aneurysms. Additionally, he has extensive experience with acute and chronic mechanical circulatory support devices including the latest generation of mechanical assist devices.

Featured Speakers

Jeffrey B. Riley, MHPE, CCP
Mayo Clinic
“Weighing” the Benefits of IBW Versus Indexed BSA
Our Epic Adventure

John C. Haddle, BS, CCP, LP, MBA
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Expanding Value and Roles:  NIRS and the Perfusionist

Edward G. Soltesz, MD, MPH
Cleveland Clinic
ECMO and Beyond:  Acute and Chronic Devices for Heart Failure

Dennis Long, DHSc, MS, CCP
NorthShore University HealthSystem
ECMO:  A Look into the Future of Perfusion Practice and Staffing Models
Acute Kidney Injury and Quality Improvement in Cardiac Surgery: Is There a Best Practice?

Kenmond Fung, MS, CCP
New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Utilizing Critical Care Parameter Monitoring and Alerts to Reduce Critical Alarm Response and Fatigue during Cardiopulmonary Bypass and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

Marc Dickstein, MD
Columbia University Medical Center
Simulation:  Interactive Presentation with Audience Participation –
The physiology of CPB and ECMO:  Understanding Hemodynamics and Gas Exchange

Raymond Wong, PhD, CCP
University of Arizona
NOACs, DTIs and Xabans:  Novel Drugs Your Thrombophiliac Patients May Have Received
POC Coagulation Monitoring in Cardiac Surgery: Accomplishments and Aspirations

Amy L. Dzierba, Pharm.D, BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM
New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center
Challenges in Pharmacotherapy During ECMO

Alfred H. Stammers,  MSA, CPBMT, CCP
The State of Perfusion in 2016:  Challenges or Crisis?
Blood Management is Not for the Faint of Heart:  Probable and Improbable Techniques

Robert C. Groom, MS, CCP
Maine Medical Center
Goal-Directed Therapy and Cardiopulmonary Bypass

Donald M. Botta, MD
Florida Heart Transplant Institute
Use of HTK Solution for Myocardial Revascularization

Robert Stroud, MS, CCP
Maimonides Medical Center
Whole Blood Cardioplegia: From Crystalloid to Quest

Accreditation - CEUs

As the market leader in outsourced perfusion services we are committed to educating, researching, and driving innovation in the practice of perfusion and blood management in order to increase positive patient outcomes and reduce readmissions. To that end, Mechanisms provides a forum for knowledge sharing and networking. Our goal is to educate and inspire through a series of engaging sessions and to provide opportunities to visit with our industry-leading business partners.

Applications for continuing education and contact hours will be submitted to the following organizations:

                    • ABCP CEU
                    • Florida Board of Nursing Contact Hours
                    • AAPA CME

We are planning for the full program to have 24-26 credit hours.

Conference Sponsors

Thank you to the sponsors and exhibitors who help make this learning event possible. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Donna Schacher at donna.schacher@specialtycare.net to get your space and time reserved.


Edwards Lifesciences

Essential Pharmaceuticals





Radiometer America

LivaNova (formerly Sorin)

Surge Cardiovascular / MED Alliance

Terumo Cardiovascular Group


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