An Introduction to my LIFE!!! K I R T P A T E I L A bit about me Born in Zambia, Africa. Been in USA since 1982 Work as a cardiopulmonary perfusionist at Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, TX for the last 2.5 years. Interest/Hobbies include: swimming riding my motorcycle>>>>>> tennis reading beach traveling My Family Father: Self-employed businessman Mother: Housewife Older sister (34): Mother of 3 children and self-employed Younger sister (28): Nurse in Corpus Christi, TX Fiancé: Nurse in ICU in Beaumont, TX My Parents My Education Undergraduate: UT-Austin BS in Medical Technology: UTMB-Galveston MPH in Disease Control: UTSPH-Houston CCP (certified clinical perfusionist): Texas Heart Institute Today….working towards DrPH program in Disease Control My Jobs 1995-Medical Technologist 1999-Instructor for cardiopulmonary perfusion at Texas Heart Institute 2000-Faculty at Medical University of South Carolina 2001-Staff perfusionist/Assistant Chief Perfusionist-Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital What is a PERFUSIONIST? Perfusionists are members of the open-heart surgery team who are mainly responsible for the operation of the heart-lung machine. Perfusionists operate extracorporeal circulation equipment during any medical situation where it is necessary to support or temporarily replace a patient's respiratory or circulatory functions, such as in open heart surgery. Perfusionists must handle very stressful situations, pay great attention to detail, be very responsible, and willing to stay on top of new developments in the profession Other Duties Ventricular assist devices Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) Blood conservation techniques/Autotransfusion Myocardial preservation Anticoagulation & hematologic monitoring/analysis Physiological monitoring/analysis Blood gas and blood chemistry monitoring/analysis Induction of hypothermia/hyperthermia with reversal Hemodilution Hemofiltration Counterpulsation Administration of medications, blood components and anesthetic agents via the extracorporeal circuit Documentation associated with described duties Isolated limb/organ perfusion Electrophysiological analysis Surgical assistance Organ preservation Dialysis The Heart Operating Room The Heart-Lung Machine My Fiancé and I The “BIG” Day Getting married June 5, 2004 at this beautiful resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. My Future Plans Successfully complete my DrPh program. Generate valuable data for my instituition through my dissertation related to cardiovascular epidemiology. Contribute in increasing awareness of cardiovascular diseases through research, education and statistics. Eventually, get involved with teaching again and become a director of a perfusion program at a teaching institution.