Upstate News

May 30, 2006
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

SUNY Upstate’s Searles named Perfusionist of the Year

Bruce Searles, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Perfusion in the College of Health Professions, has been named Perfusionist of the Year by the American Society of Extracorporeal Technology (AmSECT).

The highest honor given by the society, the award is presented annually to a perfusionist who makes a significant contribution to the field of extracorporeal technology.

Searles has been an AmSECT member since 1993 and has served on a variety of committees since 1997. He is currently chair of the society’s Internet Committee and was influential in developing the society’s electronic infrastructure. In addition to his service to AmSECT, Searles is the chair of the Perfusion Program Directors Council (PPDC).

He also serves on the board for the New York State Society of Perfusionists and was recently appointed to the Accreditation Committee for Perfusion Education.

A perfusionist, a highly trained member of the cardio-thoracic team, is a trained health professional that operates the heart-lung machine during cardiac surgery and other surgeries that require cardiopulmonary bypass.

Searles resides in Syracuse.

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