UW Medicine ECMO Team Performs First Off-Site Cannulation

UW Medicine Extracorporeal Life Support (ECMO) Team

UW Medicine ECMO Team

On April 18, 2024, UW Medicine’s Extracorporeal Life Support (ECMO) transport team performed their first off-site cannulation for a patient with severe respiratory failure who was too unstable to transport from Valley Medical Center. Once the patient was on ECMO, they were successfully transported to Harborview Medicine Center.

About UW Medicine’s ECMO Program

Located in Seattle, Washington, UW Medicine’s ECMO program provides life support via a heart and lung (ECMO) machine in adult patients whose heart and lungs have failed or are not working properly.

The EMCO team consists of specially trained ICU nurses, respiratory therapists (ECMO specialists), and clinical perfusionists, who work in conjunction with ECMO-trained critical care doctors and their teams in the cardiothoracic, medical, and trauma/surgical intensive care units across UW Medicine. We primarily serve as a resource and referral center for patients throughout the PNW region including Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. MORE



Saman Arbabi, MD, MPH, FACS
Jenelle Badulak, MD
Erika Bisgaard, MD
Scott Brakenridge, MD, FACS
Eileen Bulger, MD, FACS
Chris Hebert, MD
Nick Johnson, MD, FACEP, FCCM
Rob Klemisch, MD
Alex Malloy, DO
John Scott, MD, MSc
Barclay Stewart, MD, PhD, MPH
Megan Robinson, RN
Melissa Cullen, RT
Kailey Sparks, RN
Anna Backholm, RN
Analaura Correa, RT
Mariya Golub, RN
Rebecca Strully, RN
Betie Tesfaye, RN
Mike Mulligan MD, UW Medical Center – Montlake ECMO Medical Director
Megan Robinson, BSN, RN, UW Medical Center – Montlake ECMO Program Manager
Kailey Sparks, RN, BSN, UW Medical Center – Montlake ECMO Program Assistant Manager
Melissa Cullen, RRT, UW Medical Center – Montlake ECMO Program Assistant Manager
Jenelle Badulak, MD, UW Medicine ECMO Associate Program Director
John Scott, MD, Harborview ECMO Medical Director
Patricia Anderson, MN, BSN, RN, CCRN, Harborview ECMO Director of Program Operations
Joe Rosen, RN, BSN, Harborview ECMO Clinical Nurse Educator