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Cardiovascular Perfusionist

Perfusion technology is recognized as an allied health profession. The perfusionist is responsible for supporting or temporarily replacing a patient's circulatory and/or respiratory system, either partially or totally.

The heart-lung machine is a machine that removes carbon dioxide from the blood and replaces it with oxygen during heart surgery. This allows the surgeon to work on the heart without compromising other body organs. The perfusionist manages the heart-lung machine during surgery.

For information about job opportunities at Cleveland Clinic, contact:

Clifford Ball, CCP
Program Director
Cleveland Clinic School of Perfusion, J4-604
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.444.9215


Patrick M. Grady, CCP
Director, Perfusion Services
Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute, J4-604
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.444.5134


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Reviewed: 11/13

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