Perfusionist, Cardiovascular Perfusion Program
Education & Training
- Certification in Cardiovascular Perfusion
- UTHealth Cardiovascular Perfusion Program at McGovern Medical School, 2015
- Bachelor's Degree
- Biological Engineering, Minor in Mathematics, Texas A&M University, 2010
Sylvana moved to the United States with her parents from Netherlands in 2001 and graduated in 2010 from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in mathematics. Her interest in the cardiovascular sciences began during college when she was assigned several projects in her Cardiovascular Biomechanics classes that required a working knowledge of the cardiovascular system. During her time in college she was a volunteer EMT with the Texas A&M Emergency Care Team.
After graduating, Sylvana worked as a field service engineer for Beckman Coulter in 2010 and as a Clinical Technical Support Engineer for Cyberonics in 2012. She very much enjoyed both jobs but realized that she wanted to be more involved in patient care and the gratification it brings. She came to us in 2013 when she joined the Center for Advanced Heart Failure as a Circulatory Support Specialist (CSS). This role exposed her to the operating room, our cardiovascular surgeons, catheterization labs, emergency procedures, ventricular assist devices, and exposed her to the patient interaction she had always pursued.
It was during her time in CSS that she learned what a perfusionist is and does and became highly interested in pursuing that profession as her career. She applied to our new program as soon as applications opened and became part of our inaugural class of 2015. Her research focus was on Efficacy of Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion in Preventing Stroke in Patients with Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation.
Sylvana has several hobbies such as swimming, teaching CPR courses, scrap-booking, horse-back riding, and volunteering.
- Biological Engineering
- Mechanical Assist Devices
- Extended Life Support