Fellowship of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization

What is FELSO?

Induction into Fellowship of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization is an honor bestowed on select physicians, nurses, perfusionists, therapists and researchers who have provided distinctive contributions to the global art and science of extracorporeal support delivery. Election to FELSO identifies global recognition of those who have advanced the field in diverse and lasting ways. The charter class of FELSO inductees was selected in 2015. Annually, a small number of awardees will be presented with the honor.

Qualifications for Fellowship:

  • Extraordinary, distinctive contributions to the art and science of extracorporeal support.
  • Examples:
    • - Outstanding innovations in extracorporeal support
    • - Significant research and/or device development
    • - Extensive publication in the field
    • - Distinctive leadership/public advocacy
    • - Objective evidence of extraordinary compassionate care
  • Recommendation by other recognized leaders in extracorporeal support and by Fellows
  • Emphasis on diversity in:
    • - Discipline
    • - International representation

 

Nominations for Fellowship of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (FELSO) Now Open!

The ELSO community can now make nominations for induction to FELSO, the honorary designation recognizing extraordinary contributions to the art and science of ECLS. Applications will receive consideration by the FELSO Nominations Committee. Please see the application below for more information.  All applications must be received by April 15, 2018 for this years nominations.

FELSO Nomination Form

For more information please email FELSO@elso.org

 

Fellowship of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization: Inaugural Class-2015

 
Robert H. Bartlett MD

• Surgeon/Intensivist
• Considered the Father of ECMO
• Conducted the first successful cardiac and neonatal ECMO cases in the 1970s
• Helped to establish ELSO in 1989

Konrad Falke MD

• Intensivist
• Established the first German ECMO center in Berlin in the 1970s

 
Luciano Gattinoni MD

• Anesthesia/Intensivist
• Conducted the first trials of extracorporeal CO2 removal and is the premier respiratory
• Intensivist/physiologist in Europe

John Gibbon MD

• Invented the heart/lung machine and cardiopulmonary bypass inspired by a patient who died of pulmonary embolism
• The first CPB case was in 1953 in Philadelphia

 
Robert E. Gross MD

• Pediatric Surgeon
• Regarded as the father of pediatric surgery, cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and pediatric surgical research

J. Donald Hill MD

• Cardiothoracic Surgeon
• Studied ECMO in the laboratory and performed the first successful ECMO case in 1971

 
Theodor Ted Kolobow PhD

• Experimental Surgeon
• Career entirely at the NIH where he developed membrane oxygenators and prolonged extracorporeal circulation.
• Trained scores of clinicians who developed clinical ECMO.

Pearl O'Rourke MD

• Pediatric Intensivist
• Performed the second prospective randomized trial of ECMO in newborn infants in 1987

 
Billie Short MD

• Neonatologist
• First neonatologist to fully develop an ECMO program based in neonatology.
• Drs. O’Rourke and Short established the first ECMO symposium in 1987, which continues to today.

John Toomsian CCP

• Perfusionist/Researcher.
• Working with Dr. Bartlett, has been involved with ECMO research since the mid 70s.
• Premier perfusionist in the development of ECMO.

 

Fellowship of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization: Class-2016

 
Warwick Butt MD

• Founder of Australian ECMO
• Started ECMO program in Melbourne -1980s

J. Devn Cornish MD

• Charter ELSO Steering Committee Member
• Innovator in VV ECMO and ECMO transport

 
Robin Chapman RN

• First ECMO Coordinator at Ann Arbor
• Developed the ECMO coordinator role

Jean-Yves Chevalier MD

• Pediatric intensivist
• Performed first ECMO in France

 
Richard Firmin MD

• Developed ECMO in the United Kingdom
• Authored 1996 ECMO RCT demonstrating benefit in neonates

Masahiro Nagaya MD

• Pioneering pediatric surgeon in congenital diaphragmatic hernia
• Performed first ECMO in Japan

 
Antonio Pesenti MD

• ECMO surgeon, University of Milan
• Partnered with Luciano Gattinoni to perform groundbreaking ECMO work with extracorporeal CO2 removal

Giles Peek MD

• Pioneering ECMO surgeon
• Authored the game-changing CESAR trial-advancing adult respiratory failure ECMO

 
Peter Rycus MPH

• Executive Director of ELSO
• Indispensable to ELSO

Charles Stolar MD

• Pediatric surgeon
• Founded influential ECMO program at Columbia Advanced care of CDH

 
Jay Zwischenberger MD

• Prolific ECMO innovator and inventor
• Invented the double lumen venous cannula, bicaval cannula
• Chair, ELSO Steering Committee post-9/11

Warren Zapol MD

• Authored the initial Adult ECMO RCT
• Developer of inhaled nitric oxide
• Prolific scientist-determined how marine mammals avoid hypoxia and the bends
• Member, Institute of Medicine

 

Fellowship of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization: Inaugural Class-2017

Steve Conrad

• Intensivist from Shreeveport, ELSO Steering Committee chair.
• Teacher and evangelist for ECMO worldwide as well as working on early forms of AVCO2R.

Heidi Dalton

• Pediatric Intensivist and former ELSO Steering committee chair
• ELSO conference chair for 6 years
• Instrumental in shaping the “ELSO-experience” into the collegial and collaborative atmosphere which prevails at both the global and regional ELSO conferences to this day.
• Respected researcher in the wider field of pediatric critical care has been an essential bridge between ELSO and SCCM.

 
Rodrigo Diaz

• Cardiovascular Anesthesiologist in Santiago Chile, established the first Adult ECMO center in Latin America.
• Trained most of the Latin American centers, and helped establish ECMO programs on his continent. • Major contributor to ELSO and to LAELSO.

Bjorn Frencker

• Pediatric surgeon, established the world-class ECMO program at Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Swedenwith colleague Palle Palmer
• Has trained scores of surgeons and fellows
• Active in ELSO and EuroElso
• Hosted the second meeting of EuroELSO in 2013

 
Barb Haney

• ECMO coordinators co-parent of the ELSO Center of Excellence Award
• The COE awardis globally recognized by ECMO teams, healthcare systems and payors as the hallmark of an expert ECMO center.

Phoebe Hankins

• Inaugural executive director of ELSO from 1989
• Organized the original ECMO courses at Michigan, coordinated the communication, and helped establish ELSO in 1989.
• Guided ELSO back from the financial brink when the 2001 meeting was cancelled because of 9/11.

 
Michael Heard

• ECMO coordinators co-parent of the ELSO Center of Excellence Award.
• The COE awardis globally recognized by ECMO teams, healthcare systems and payors as the hallmark of an expert ECMO center.

Tracy Morrison

• ECMO coordinators co-parent of the ELSO Center of Excellence Award
• The COE awardis globally recognized by ECMO teams, healthcare systems and payors as the hallmark of an expert ECMO center.

 
Andrezj (Andrew) Sosnowski

• Cardiac surgeon established the legendary ECMO program at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, UK with Richard Firmin
• Personally (and alone) conducted the first successful UK case actually done at Bristol Children’s Hospital over 100 miles from Leicester.
• Collaborator in both the classic neonatal trial and the CESAR adult trial

Palle Palmer

• Pediatric Intensivist, established the ECMO program at Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm Sweden with surgeon Bjorn Frenckner.
• Pioneer of awake ECMO
• Pioneer of prolonged ECMO, “just take a coffee and wait for recovery”
• Pioneer of mobile ECMO