"Some perfusion schools just do academic work. Not here. We start off observing in the OR and doing academic work. Then we start doing the perfusion work. It's intense, but someone's always watching you. They won't let you do anything wrong. They don't expect you to know everything. You're supposed to ask questions." —T. Patel
Cardiovascular Perfusion Program Video
The College is home to one of the oldest perfusion programs in existence. There are only two of its kind in New York and 23 across the nation.
Through the use of highly sophisticated, innovative technology, perfusionists conduct cardiopulmonary bypass. Their expert knowledge of blood pumps as artificial hearts and oxygenators as artificial lungs is used to temporarily replace the patients own heart and lungs during delicate cardiac surgery. Perfusionists are on call for emergency procedures with the cardiac surgical team on a rotating basis and are frequently involved with teaching, research and departmental administration. Individuals who choose this profession must be self motivated and must thrive on the excitement and stress involved with cutting edge technology.