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Cardiopulmonary Perfusionist
  • Requisition ID #: 33486
  • Job Category: Patient Care (Non-Faculty)
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Experience Level: Entry Level
  • City, State: Milwaukee, WI
  • Work Location: Froedtert Hospital
  • Department: Surgery
  • Education: Associates Degree

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Position Description:


The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) brings a synergy between the best medical education, research and patient care. Tomorrow’s discoveries happen right here alongside the very people who bring those lessons to our students. Every bit of knowledge, and every advancement, provides our students with an unprecedented, collaborative learning environment, and helps improve the vitality and care of our communities.

In the role of Cardiopulmonary Perfusionist you will be working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a perfusionist you will prepare and operate Extra-Corporeal equipment including VADs and ECMO for a variety of clinical procedures including heart, lung and liver transplant, and regional chemotherapy including; isolated limb and liver perfusion as well as HIPEC procedures. Provide necessary support and assistance to the surgical team as it relates to these procedures. 



  •  Set up, prime and operate appropriate extra-corporeal equipment for use in operating room.

  •  Operate and maintain the extra-corporeal equipment and circuit during clinical procedures.

  •  Administer blood, heparin, anesthetics and other pharmacological agents into the extra-corporeal circuit during clinical procedures under the direct supervision of the attending physicians.

  •  Draw blood and other samples from the extra-corporeal circuit as requested by attending physicians.

  •  Monitor patient status during surgery, maintain all appropriate documents, and keep surgical team informed.

  •  Consult with surgeon regarding unusual, abnormal, or life-threatening conditions and take appropriate action during surgery.

  •  Ensure equipment is clean, properly maintained and is stored in good working order, and that an adequate supply of necessary disposable items is readily available.

  •  Transport extra-corporeal equipment to other areas of the hospital as necessary and maintain appropriate records regarding this activity.

  •  Assemble, prime, prepare and operate various “CPS/ECMO” systems.

  •  Evaluate and recommend purchase of equipment.

  •  Assist or train appropriate personnel in regard to monitoring and life support systems used outside the operating room.

  •  Provide expertise to investigators during research activities involving open heart surgery.  


Knowledge – Skills – Abilities 

Knowledge of techniques, methods, and procedures of cardiopulmonary perfusion.  Ability to integrate and interpret findings on the basis of general medical knowledge and to exercise independent judgment in relation to the technical aspects of the job duties.  Strong interpersonal and communication skills. 


Preferred Schedule:

Position Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

Appropriate experience may be substituted for education on an equivalent basis 

  • Minimum Required Education:               Associate degree in cardiopulmonary perfusion
  • Minimum Required Experience:             Previous cardiopulmonary perfusion experience preferred. 


Why MCW?

  • Outstanding Healthcare Coverage, including but not limited to Health, Vision, and Dental. Along with Flexible Spending options
  • 403B Retirement Package
  • Competitive Vacation and Paid Holidays offered
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • On campus Fitness Facility, offering onsite classes.
  • Additional discounted rates on items such as: Select cell phone plans, local fitness facilities, Milwaukee recreation and entertainment etc. 

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Eastern Wisconsin is a vibrant, diverse metropolitan area.  MCW is intent on attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce and faculty body that reflects the community we serve. We value diversity of backgrounds, experience, thought, and perspectives to advance excellence in science and medicine.  MCW is a welcoming campus community with a strong culture of collaboration, partnership, and engagement with our surrounding community.


MCW as an Equal Opportunity Employer and Commitment to Non-Discrimination
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristic, or military status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the MCW community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.