Chief Perfusionist

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Location: Burlington, MA
Job ID: 173195-1A
Date Posted: Feb 25, 2022
Category: Clinical Professional

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Welcome To

Welcome to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health. Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is a world-renowned tertiary medical center known for its innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the hospital provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation. It is a national leader in a number of health care areas, including stroke, weight management and lung screenings, among many others. Lahey also helps to advance medicine through research and the education of tomorrow's health care leaders.

About the Job



Under the general supervision of the Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the Chief Perfusionist

is responsible for the administration and day to day operations of the Department of Perfusion services and assists administration of Perfusion programs. Duties include, but are not limited to: planning and implementing perfusion and Perfusion strategic plan, acting as Clinical Assistant Director of Perfusion programs, completing performance appraisals and competency assessments, clinical education and working as a clinical perfusionist.


40 Hour: Days


PART 3 – MAJOR DUTIES Duty (listed in order of importance with most important duty first)

% Of time during the yr. That the duty is performed

Performs administrative duties:

  • Ensures adequate coverage for all cardiac surgical and cell saving procedures
  • Develops and maintains a Quality Assurance Program according to DOH and JCAHO guidelines.
  • • Develops, reviews and revises policies and procedures for the following areas: cardiopulmonary bypass, mechanical circulatory support, Intraoperative blood salvage, infection control, personnel policies, point of care testing and preventive maintenance.
  • • Evaluates new products with the goal of improving or maintaining quality of patient care utilizing cost containment.
  • • Plans long-term and short-term goals and implements departmental strategic plan
  • • Assists in Directing development and education in Mechanical Circulatory Support program

Performs Managerial duties: Hires, schedules, counsels, disciplines and/or discharges staff; Directs orientation of new staff. Assures that standards of practice are maintained. Completes staff performance appraisals of employees both on a regular basis and through annual performance evaluations and competency assessment. Develops strategic goals with each employee and promotes career development. Holds a regular cadence of departmental meetings.

Leadership Accountability: Serves as a role model in productivity and performance. Demonstrates effective communication skills. Constantly pursues growth and development activities that strengthen knowledge and personal enhancement. Aligns hospital goals with health system goals.


Performs duties of a staff perfusionist. Some duties may include (but not limited to):

  • • Call (30 minute radius) and additional services outside normal working hours when needed
  • • Complete the Pre-bypass checklist prior to cardiopulmonary bypass to ensure that the appropriate resources are available and in satisfactory condition for the surgery.
  • • Review the patient’s chart prior to surgery to better anticipate peri-operative and post-operative problems.
  • • At the discretion of the surgeon, initiates and terminates extracorporeal circulation.

During bypass surgery - may include (but not limited to):

  • • Employs safety devices, such as, an air bubble detector, low level alarms.
  • • Maintains an appropriate blood flow according to protocol.
  • • Administers cardioplegia solutions as prescribed by surgeon.
  • • Maintains an appropriate blood pressure.
  • • Monitors operating volume in extracorporeal circuit and keeps a safe level.
  • • Administers medication, blood products, anesthetic agents, or intravenous solutions.
  • • Maintains an appropriate gas exchange according to established protocol.
  • • Regulates the patient’s body temperature as prescribed by surgeon.
  • • Monitors and maintains proper anticoagulation status of the patient according to established protocol.
  • • Operates the Intra-Operative Blood Salvage equipment.
  • • Calculate projected flow rates, medication doses, and assess the need for blood replacement in accordance with each patient’s physical condition and hospital protocol.
  • • Monitors and maintains MCS Devices and assists with implantation.




PART 2 - QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge or Background Needed for Satisfactory Performance

Education Level and Degree

Master’s Degree required Graduate of an accredited perfusion program.

Years and Type of Experience

Minimum 10 years' experience as staff perfusionist.

Prior supervisory experience

Equipment, Computer Software

Cardiopulmonary bypass and cardio pulmonary support devices, intra-aortic balloon pump, Perfusion devices, blood salvage and conservation equipment. Excellent computer knowledge and experience with policy development and research.

License and/or Registration

Certified by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion

Massachusetts State Perfusion License

Skills and


Strong interpersonal skills

Strong analytical skills to participate, identify and solve perfusion related problems.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, physicians, key stakeholders, management and operating room personnel.

Ability to make independent judgements to resolve complex problems consistent with accepted cardiovascular perfusion practices.

Works well under pressure

Ability to take feedback and constructive criticism.

O-About Us

The Lahey Model of Care—right care, right time, right place—is exactly what patients, providers and payers need and deserve. Identifying and delivering on this convergence of interests has positioned Lahey Health for further growth. Our model ensures care is highly coordinated and locally delivered, with lower costs and exceptional quality.

Lahey Health is a robust, regional system including a teaching hospital, community hospitals, primary care providers, specialists, behavioral and home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. The system has a global presence with programs in Canada, Jordan and Bermuda.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.