Charles C. Reed Memorial Lectures

The Charles C. Reed Memorial Lecture is given each year at the Annual Seminar of The American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion by an invited speaker. This series is reprinted with the permission of The Proceedings of The American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion.

Charles C. Reed was a pioneer in the field of perfusion.  He established the School of Perfusion Technology at the Texas Heart Institute in 1971.  He served as president of the American Society of Extra-Corporeal Technology (AmSECT) from 1973 to 1975.  He helped to found the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion and served as its first president in 1975. Mr. Reed served as the first chairman of AmSECT’s Product Liaison Committee in 1975 and received AmSECT’s Perfusionist of the Year Award in 1976.  He helped to found the American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion (AACP) in 1979 and served as its president in 1984.  Charlie Reed authored or co-authored more than 100 technical articles, two editions of Cardiopulmonary Bypass, a standard in perfusion education for many years, and the textbook Safety and Techniques in Perfusion.

In addition to all these achievements and awards, Charlie Reed used his knowledge and experience to help foreign perfusion societies develop educational programs which eventually led to certification.  For these reasons, The Academy invites a foreign perfusionist whom has been deeply involved in his/her own country’s perfusion education process to deliver the Charles C. Reed Memorial Lecture at The Academy’s Annual Seminar.


Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the American Academy of Cardiovascular Perfusion. Our organization promotes a mission of scholasticism and academic dialogue for the purpose of education and dissemination of science as related to cardiovascular perfusion technology.

1998 “Alec  D. Thorpe – What Would He Have Me Say?  What Would He Have Me Do?” James MacDonald
2003 “Development of the Perfusion Profession in Italy and Europe” M. Erminia Macera Mascitelli
2004 “Perfusion Education in the Internet Era” Kuna Kim
2005 “Perfusion: The Difficult Way From Empiricism to Validated Science” Filip De Somer
2006 “Pumping on the Periphery of the Pond” Annette McCarthy
2007 “Footprint of History: The Development of Extracorporeal Circulation in China” Dr. Fan Quanxin
2008 “Charles C. Reed: His Accomplishments and Impact on the Perfusion Profession” Aaron G. Hill
2009 “50 Years Of Perfusion In New Zealand: Vignettes From The Green Lane Experience” Tim Willcox
2010 “Development of Perfusion Education in Denmark” Pia Sprogøe
2011 “The Development, Practices, Certification Process and Challenges of Cardiovascular Perfusion in India” Dr. Sachin Talwar
2012 “Cardiovascular Perfusion In A Tiny State Of A Huge Continent” Professor Chuen Neng Lee
2013 History of  Perfusion and Cardiac Surgery in the Czech Republic Dr. Vladimír Kučera
2014 “Death Comes, As It Must … To All Men” Mark Kurusz
2015  “My Candle Burns At Both Ends” A. Earl Lawrence, Jr.
2016  “Extracorporeal Circulation and Cardiac Surgery: Some Moments in History” Colin G. Green
2017 “Heart Transplantation: My Personal Experience” Kevin Grace


 “Our Shared Journey – Lessons Learned” James MacDonald
2019  “History of Perfusion: The Early Days and Where Perfusion Is Going” Dr. Robert Bartlett
2020  “The Courage to Learn.  That’s How the Light Gets In.” Dr. Ross Ungerleider
2022 “Innovation Dominated Society” Charles Carter
2023 “Reflections on Cardiac Surgery After Forty Years in Practice” Dr. Constantine Athanasuleas