Featured Speakers

Dafne ChianellaDafne Andrea Chianella, CCP has been a practicing perfusionist for 10 years. She is 2011 graduate from the Medical University of South Carolina. After working as an adult CCP at New York Presbyterian Hospital/ Columbia Medical Center in NYC, she is currently a pediatric/adult perfusionist at MUSC. In addition, she is the student clinical coordinator for Sawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. She is an active member of AmSECT, serving on the Pediatric and Congenital Perfusion Committee, the Fellowship of Pediatric Perfusion Committee, the 2022 International Conference Planning Committee, and the chair of the Ethics Committee. Her interests are pediatric perfusion, VADS, and transplantation. Originally from Rome Italy, she enjoys cooking, traveling and surfing with her husband Travis, and their 1 year old daughter Benedetta Chiara.

speaker Mellissa S DuarteMellissa S. Duarte, CCP is an alumna of Medical University of South Carolina’s Master Cardiovascular Perfusion and Interprofessional Education Fellowship programs. Prior to attending MUSC, she was a perfusion intern at New York Presbyterian-Columbia. Mellissa resides in New York and is employed at Mount Sinai Hospital. Her current projects include building the EPIC Perfusion Electronic Medical Record, implementing strategies aimed to reduce neurologic sequelae in eCPR ECMO, and writing department clinical practice guidelines/protocols. As a student, Mellissa served as AACP Student Ambassador, guest reviewer for JECT, AmSECT’s Board of Director’s Student Liaison and Student Council Head. She continues to serve on AmSECT’s Conference Planning Committee and guest write for AmSECToday Newsletter. Mellissa is passionate about leveraging continuous quality metric analysis to guide clinical practice improvement inquiries and create individualized practice guidelines for complex cardiopulmonary bypass and ECLS patient’s underlying comorbidities.

speaker Shahna HelmickShahna Helmick, CCP been a Certified Clinical Perfusionist for 20 years, earning her Certificate of Perfusion from The Cleveland Clinic in 2001. Mrs. Helmick has been an executive member of The International Consortium for Evidence-Based Perfusion (ICEBP) and an American Society of Extracorporeal Technology (AmSECT) member since 2012. Mrs. Helmick has a keen interest in the role of professional societies in improving the quality and safety of care; she has authored or co-authored manuscripts, has a standing column in AmSECT Today, and presents widely on this topic at state and national conferences.

speaker Luc PuisLuc Puis, ECCP trained in perfusion at the Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven and following his tenure there as a staff perfusionist gained further experience working at the university hospitals at the University Hospitals Brussels and the ASZ Aalst campuses, covering the full gambit of adult cardiac surgery. Luc has a special interest in teaching and has been involved in student education and mentoring at Perfusieschool - UZLeuven and at UZ Jette and ASZ Aalst. Luc’s interest in perfusion education lead him into active roles in the Belgian Society for Extracorporeal Technology – BelSECT where he served as member of the Database Committee from 2007-2012, treasurer from 2010 to 2016 and President from 2017 to 2019. Luc is a member of the European Board for Cardiovascular Perfusion, was the Quality and Outcomes Subcommittee Chair from 2017 to 2019 and was involved in the writing of the European Guidelines for Perfusion, as Chair of the EBCP Perfusion Task Force, together with EACTS and EACTA. Luc is also a member of the International Consortium for Evidence-Based Perfusion – ICEBP where he chaired the Communications Subcommittee. Databases and clinical guidelines also gained Luc’s interest, and the liaison and knowledge gained from the ICEBP led to his co-chairing and publication of the 2019 EACTS/EACTA/EBCP Guidelines on Cardiopulmonary Bypass. Luc is a reviewer for JECT and Perfusion and has recently relocated to the USA.

James Reagor headshot James A. Reagor, MPS, CCP, FPP graduated from The University of Iowa in 1995 with a degree in Perfusion Technology and followed that up in 2014 with a Masters in perfusion science from the University of Nebraska. He is currently employed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as the Director of Cardiovascular Perfusion and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati. Jim serves on AmSECT’s Board of Directors, the Government Relations Committee, the Pediatric and Congenital Committee, the Fellow of Pediatric Perfusion selection team, and Co-Chairs the MCS Committee. He is currently AmSECT’s President and his past service includes two terms as Secretary for AmSECT’s Board of Directors, one term as Zone Director, and Perfusion Without Borders Committee Chair, President and Treasurer of the Oklahoma Association of Certified Perfusionists, and the Vice-President of the Maryland State Perfusion Society. Jim’s areas of focus include the use of registry data and dedicated perfusion electronic medical records to improve perfusion practice and minimizing practice variation in the field of congenital perfusion.

speaker Amanda WoodAmanda Wood, MPS, CCP is a native from Greenville, SC and attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC for her undergraduate degree (where she met her husband!). Amanda received her Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2019 and is currently a staff Perfusionist at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, GA. She rotated at Emory in the fall of 2018 as a student and started working there after graduation. She is part of the Transmedics DCD Heart Transplantation team and the Descending Thoracic/Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm repair team at Emory. Her professional interests consist of DTAA/TAAA repairs using Modified Left Heart Bypass & Full Cardiopulmonary bypass.

speaker Justin HongJustin Hong, MPS, CCP is a recent graduate of Medical University of South Carolina, Class of 2020. He is currently working in NYC as a staff perfusionist at NYP-Columbia University.