Novick Cardiac Alliance is happy to announce our return to building pediatric open heart programs in Iraq!


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Editor’s Note:

I have been in contact with Dr. Novick, and Brian Forsberg LP, CCP, MPH, for almost the entire tenure of the Circuit Surfers blog.  I am impressed that our approaches and goals are so similarly tuned, and have always believed in what they (and this blog) stand for.

Thus, this post is to once again reintroduce you to one of the best reasons to be in the field of perfusion: To make a difference.

       The Novick Cardiac Alliance Team…

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(Pictures are not in sequence) William Novick, MD MS;  Brian Forsberg, MPH CCP; David Wieduwilt, BME CE; Elizabeth Novick, BSN, RN; Eugene Suslin, MD; Farzana Shah, BSN, RN; Frank Molloy, MSc, RN; Humberto Rodriguez, MD; Igor Polivenok, MD PhD; Jean Towne; Karen Bowtell, PGDip, RN; Kathleen Fenton, MD;  Marcelo Cardarelli, MD MPH; Martina Pavanic, BSN, RN; Pavel Shauchenka, MD; Siarhei Liauchonak, MD; Sri Rao, MD; Stacey Marr, MSc, RN

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Novick Cardiac Alliance is happy to announce our return to building pediatric open heart programs in Iraq! 


We are in need of Pediatric Perfusionists for the following trips in 2017:


Basra, Iraq         January 28th – February 11th

Karbala, Iraq      March 18th – April 1st

Basra, iraq         April 15 – April 29th


Basra is a city I have visited many times and has direct flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST).  It is right on the Shatt-Al-Arab waterway and is the Southernmost city in Iraq, downstream from the Persian Gulf.  It has modern OR’s and utilize the S5 and 3T Perfusion Equipment.  A great trip to take in Winter as the average temp is around 80 degrees.  Fresh fish and the best chai in Iraq await you in Basra, as well as many children needing heart surgery.

We also have an Inaugural trip to Karbala, Iraq.  Karbala is 100KM West of Baghdad.  More info is available as we get closer to the trip.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for more info.  Visit for more info, to volunteer, and check out the 2017 Schedule of all our country programs.



Brian C. Forsberg, MPH, CCP, FPP

Chief Perfusionist & Co-Founder

William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance

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+1 (918) 906-0288

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