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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Surgery

Our Staff

Administrative Staff

  • Wendy Wang
  • Kristy Pang
  • Denise Rolston

Our office staff is experienced, courteous and available to assist with scheduling appointments and answering your questions.

Perfusion Team

Perfusionists are highly trained vital members of the cardiothoracic surgical team. Their main responsibility is to support the physiological and metabolic needs of the cardiac surgical patient during open-heart surgery. This is accomplished through the utilization of the heart-lung machine and its associated components.

The heart-lung machine is a biomedically engineered device that circulates, oxygenates, and purifies the patient?s blood while the cardiac surgeon operates on the heart. The perfusionists are solely responsible for the circulatory and respiratory functions of the heart-lung machine. Also perfusionists are responsible to autologous blood collection and processing, implementation and management of the intra-aortic balloon pump, as well as monitoring of anticoagulation, electrolyte, acid-base balance and blood-gas composition.

Dedicated CT ICU - Nursing Manager

The Operating Room (OR) Cardiothoracic (CT) Surgical Nursing Team is composed of experienced Registered Nurses, Surgical Technicians, and Nursing Assistants, that are substantially trained in handling and assisting with the CT surgical equipment. The CT surgical nursing team has decades of cardiothoracic surgery experiences. This dedicated team is led by a highly skilled OR CT Clinical Coordinator, who is devoted to optimal patient safety outcomes, and is under the management of the OR Nursing Director, who is committed to Process Improvement and Educational Program. Each individual staff works collaboratively among the OR nursing team members, the CT surgeons, anesthesiologists, and perfusionists to achieve optimal surgical outcomes.

Within the OR Suite, there are two OR rooms fully equipped to support Cardiac Surgery. The CT OR is the center piece of the OR with observation atrium for teaching purpose. The OR has a full range of State-of-the-Art equipment available to support a comprehensive Cardiac Surgery Program. The following are a few of the newly acquired CT equipment being used at Downstate:

  • Terumo Advanced Perfusion System 1 (Heart-Lung Machines)
  • CentriMag Ventricular Assist System, the first temporary disposable Ventricular Assist Device
  • Epicor Cardiac Ablation System for Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Solargen 2100s Cardiovascular Delivery System with Holmium Laser for use in Transmyocardial Revascularization
  • Vasoview Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting System for use in endoscopic harvesting of saphenous vein and radial artery
  • Harmonic Scalpel - An ultrasound cutting and coagulating surgical device


The OR has also initiated the procurement process to acquire the HeartMateā„¢ II LVAD to support the launching of the Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program, a very much needed treatment modality for Heart Failure patients in this day and age, and for Brooklyn at large. 

To Contact Us:

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 40
Brooklyn, New York 11203
Tel: 718-270-1981 | Fax: 718-270-3843