Job Description

Job Title: Perfusionist
Job ID: 741616
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Flex
Hours: Flex Full-time 28-40 various shifts
Shift: Variable
Facility: Children's Hospital of Pgh
Department: ECMO
Location: 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224


Selects, prepares, and operates the extracorporeal circuit and all ancillary equipment used in cardiac and non-cardiac surgical procedures and long-term circulatory support. Works in close cooperation with the surgical/medical team in the extracorporeal perfusion process during routine and emergency open heart procedures.  This position ECMO role at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.


  • Ensures patient safety through maximizing the care of the patient to be placed on extracorporeal support, both in the OR as well as the ICU's, the Perfusionist/Perfusion technician needs to select the equipment that is appropriate to the needs of each patient i.e. oxygenators, tubing packs etc. Also, the use of blood and blood products, as well as lab results, will be monitored closely and reviewed per procedure and at department staff meetings as well as M&M conference.
  • Performs and remains proficient with all ancillary equipment and procedures, such as, but not limited to: intra-aortic balloon pumps; liver perfusion/preservation; cell-saving/hemoconcentration; limb perfusion; long-term support--ECMO; organ procurement; surgical research--cardiac and non-cardiac; and non-invasive monitoring of patient's parameters, assessment, and rectification.
  • Performs and remains proficient with all extracorporeal procedures, routine and emergency, such as, but not limited to: pediatric bypass procedures; adult bypass procedures; neonatal cases--profound hypothermia; heart, lung, and heart-lung transplants or any implantable device; and right and left heart assist and biventricular support.



  • Graduate of an accredited school of Perfusion. ,
  • Perfusion experience preferred.
  • Prior supervisor experience preferred
  • Ability to adapt to any situation that would require changes in system or technique. Mechanical ability and analytical ability to perform such changes. Interpersonal skills to effectively interact with medical staff, nurses, and fellow employees

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
    Certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion within 24 months of hire date.

  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • American Board Cardiovascular Perfusionist
  • Cardiopulmonary Perfusionist or Osteopathic Perfusionist

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $44.91 to $76.28

Union Position: No

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