The AACP has created a research grant in Aaron’s name. For more information on applying for the grant or to make a donation to the grant fund, click on this link.
On July 14, 2020 we lost Frank Delgado to Covid-19. After Frank retired from clinical perfusion, he and his wife, Tere, spent most of the year in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Frank started his career at the University of Colorado Medical School as a Surgical Research Technician. In 1968, Frank moved from the laboratory to the clinic becoming the “Pump Tech” at Denver General Hospital when the person hired by the hospital decided to resign just before the program’s first case. In 1974, Frank was one of the founding partners of Rocky Mountain Perfusionists, Inc. After leaving Rocky Mountain he worked in both California and Pennsylvania. He was a Member and Fellow of the American Society of Extra-Corporeal Technology since 1970. Frank was a Charter Member of the American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion. In 1999, Frank served as President of the American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion. Frank’s retirement was short lived, however, because his once-a-week coffee with his xpats buddies was not enough for him. He started stem cell consulting at different hospitals in the area.
For those of you who didn’t know Frank you missed a one of a kind. Frank loved life and his moto was “win, lose or draw, celebrate”.
After careful consideration and for the health and safety of our attendees, the Council of The American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion has decided to move our upcoming meeting in Austin, Texas from February 2021 to February 2022. There are still too many uncertainties for a possible second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Fall along with travel bans and decreased reimbursement for travel expenses for us to hold an in-person meeting in early 2021.
The Academy will still hold a conference in February 2021, but it will be completely virtual. The Academy plans to remain flexible to the needs of the perfusion profession so the meeting will include all the elements for which the Academy conferences have come to be known. While the format of the meeting will change, we are excited about the challenge of meeting the learning needs of all our delegates, sponsors, and friends.
Thanks everyone for your contributions and we look forward to working with all of you to make this virtual meeting a huge success!