12th Annual Neonatal and Pediatric ECLS Educational Conference

October 6, 2021 to October 8, 2021

Welcome to the 12th Annual Neonatal & Pediatric ECLS Educational Conference at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. We dedicate this conference to providing educational opportunities for clinicians caring for children requiring Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) therapy including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and ventricular assist device (VAD) support. 

We are excited to have transitioned to an all-virtual platform that allows us to continue to provide one-of-a-kind educational opportunities through interactive high-fidelity simulation activities, interesting case discussions, and live “hands-on” training demonstrations. The virtual platform provides increased opportunity to reach those that would be unable to attend in person. 

Our goal is to provide clinicians of all levels a chance to enhance their knowledge of managing pediatric patients requiring ECLS. We are delighted to have you join us  and hope that you enjoy this engaging and  comprehensive program.

Target Audience

This ECLS educational event is designed for ECMO specialists, pediatric and adult critical care physicians, pediatric and adult surgeons, perfusionists, neonatologists, advanced practice providers, registered nurses and respiratory therapists, and any other professionals interested neonatal and pediatric ECLS.

Learning Objectives

The purpose of this course is to provide a didactic and “hands-on” based education in an interactive multidisciplinary format for health care providers who care for patients receiving extracorporeal support.  After participating in this educational activity, participants should:

•    Be able to discuss appropriate inclusion/exclusion criteria for ECPR for out of hospital cardiac arrest
•    Be able to discuss patient selection ECLS for procedural support
•    Be familiar and comfortable with different strategies for physical therapy for patients on ECLS
•    Be able to provide appropriate family resources and support for families with loved ones on ECLS
•    Have an appreciation for the benefits of having a multidisciplinary ECLS team
•    Understand different strategies for ECLS management for specific patient populations

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 17.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 17.50 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 17.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
07/16/2021
Course expires: 
12/31/2021
Event starts: 
10/06/2021 - 9:00am
Event ends: 
10/08/2021 - 5:00pm
Cost:
$1.00
Live Virtual Conference

The conference is now all virtual.

Course Directors:
Melita L. Viegas, MD
Director, Pediatric Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Support 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery 
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Marit Aspenleiter, BS, CCP, LP 
ECMO Coordinator-Researcher 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

David A. Palmer, EdD, CCP, LP 
Director, Perfusion, ECMO 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Faculty:
Brittany Amori
Occupational Therapist OTR/L
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Rajesh K. Aneja, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Associate Professor, Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics 
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Michael Anselmi, BS, CCP, LP 
Director, ECMO 
UPMC Presbyterian 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Elizabeth R. Betancourt, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Christine Bishop, MD, MA
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics 
Director of Perinatal Supportive Care 
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Matthew J. Bochkoris, MD
Co-Medical Director, Pediatric Transport Team 
Director, Cardiac ICU Fellowship Program
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Critical Care Medicine 
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Andrew R. Brantner, BS, RRT-NPS, NRP
ECMO Specialist 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mario Castro Medina, MD
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh  
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery 
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Bailey Commander, BSN, RN, PHRN, CCRN
ECMO Specialist 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Devin Corboy, BSN, RN, CCRN
ECMO Specialist 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Holly Fogle, RN, BSN, CCRN
ECMO Specialist 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Rod Ghassemzageh, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

John Ibrahim, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics 
Division of Newborn Medicine 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Timothy Kaselitz, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Adult  
and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
UPMC Presbyterian 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Caitlin Keating, RN, BSN
ECMO Specialist 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mary Keith, MD
NICU Fellow
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Nahmah Kim-Campbell, MD, MS
Assistant Professor  
Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics  
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Donald Koch, CCP, LP
Senior Lead Perfusionist 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Margaret Lewen, MD
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Burhanuddin Mahmood, MD, FAAP 
Medical Director 
Neonatal ECMO Program 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Associate Professor of Pediatrics 
Division of Newborn Medicine 
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Donald Maloney, CCP, LP 
Lead Perfusionist 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mark Marafka, BS, RRT-NPS-ACCS
ECMO Specialist 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Timothy M. Maul, CCP, FPP, PhD
Perfusionist 
ECMO Co-Coordinator 
Senior Research Scientist 
Nemours Children’s Health 
Orlando, Florida

Brittany Meyer, MM, MT-BC, NICU-MT, NMT 
Music Therapist  
CEAT Therapist I 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Laura Nolen, CCLS
Child Life Specialist
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Kevin Ordons, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Pace, MD
CICU Fellow
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Amber Palmer, MS, CCP 
Perfusionist  
UPMC Presbyterian  
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Victor Paz Flores, MD 
Visiting Observing Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon  
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Daniela Ortega Peraza, MS, CCLS
Child Life Specialist 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mark Pinchalk, MS, EMT-P
Assistant Chief  
Pittsburgh Emergency Medical Services 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jonathan Rabatin, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker, Cardiology Department 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Alice Randall, MD
NICU Fellow 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dan Ross, CCP, LP
Lead Perfusionist 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

James Sabia, DNP, RN, CCRN
ECMO Specialist 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Joan Sanchez de Toledo, MD, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Critical Care Medicine  
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Danielle Silverstein, PT, DPT 
Inpatient Physical Therapist
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ravi Thiagarajan, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of Cardiac Critical Care 
Boston Children’s Hospital  
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School 
Boston, Massachusetts

Paul Waltz, MD
Surgical Director, NICU 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh  
Assistant Professor of Surgery 
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Leonard Weiss, MD, FACEP, FAEMS
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine 
Assistant Medical Director, STAT MedEvac 
PHC Medical Director 
Emergency Department Attending Physician 
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Matthew D. Zinn, DO
Pediatric Cardiologist – Heart Failure, Cardiomyopathy, and Transplant 
Medical Director – Ventricular Assist Device Program 
Medical Director – Dr. Bill Neches Heart Camp for Kids 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics 
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Faculty Disclosure:  
All individuals in a position to control the content of this education activity including members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, and/or content reviewers have disclosed  all relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients.

The following relevant financial relationships were disclosed:
•    Timothy Maul, CCP, FPP, PhD is a consultant for Hemocue and MC3.

No other planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician (CME)
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 17.5 contact hours.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity. 

Available Credit

  • 17.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 17.50 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 17.50 Attendance

We gratefully acknowledge support from the following for this activity:

Educational Grant:
Abbott Laboratories

Price

Cost:
$1.00
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All cancellations must be sent via email to Marit Aspenleiter at aspenleiterml@upmc.edu.  Cancellations received before 08/15/21 will be refunded in full.  After 08/15/21, a $50.00 fee will be assessed, and no refunds will be made after 09/06/21.