Cardiothoracic Surgery in the COVID Crisis: ECMO Challenges and Considerations

Cardiothoracic Surgery in the COVID Crisis
Event dates

11:00 a.m. ET, 8:00 a.m. PT

Special STS COVID-19 Webinar

Cardiothoracic Surgery in the COVID Crisis: ECMO Challenges and Considerations

Supported by: Medtronic

Cardiothoracic surgeons around the globe quickly adapted to the challenges presented by the COVID pandemic. Among the issues has been an increased need for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), without the required resources to meet the demand. This week’s webinar will involve discussions focused on the use of ECMO to treat COVID-positive patients. Moderators Amy E. Hackmann, MD, Jonathan W. Haft, MD, and Nicholas R. Teman, MD, will be joined by surgeons from major cities in the US and France. They will:

  • Explain the role of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) in guiding physicians and other practitioners through preparations for the COVID pandemic
  • Share experiences from an established ECMO center in Paris, where more than 150 patients have been treated for COVID with extracorporeal life support
  • Answer questions and provide current recommendations for COVID management with ECMO, including indications/contraindications, anticoagulation, tracheostomy, and prone positioning 
  • Address use of personnel, time, and equipment-intense therapy in the setting of limited health care resources 
HaftJ.jpg Jonathan W. Haft, MD
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 
HackmannA.jpg Amy E. Hackmann, MD
University of Texas Southwestern
Dallas, TX
TemanN.jpg Nicholas R. Teman, MD
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, VA


Brodie.jpg Daniel Brodie, MD
Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons /NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
New York, NY
g-lebreton.jpg Guillaume Lebreton MD, PhD
Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, AP-HP
Paris, France
Milewski2.jpeg R. Karianna Milewski, MD, PhD, MSEd
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
nader-moazami.jpg Nader Moazami, MD
New York University Langone Health
New York, NY