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Joseph J. Sistino

Joseph J. Sistino PhD CCP Associate Professor and Program Director

Joseph J. Sistino PhD CCP
Associate Professor and Program Director
Division of Cardiovascular Perfusion
Department of Health Professions
151-B Rutledge Avenue, MSC 962
Charleston, SC 29425

Office: B427
Phone: (843) 792-9262
Fax: (843) 792-4417


  • PhD, Health and Rehabilitation Science, Medical University of South Carolina
  • MS, Clinical Research, Medical University of South Carolina
  • MPA, Health Care Administration, Long Island University
  • BS, Cardiorespiratory Sciences, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • CCP, Certified Cardiovascular Perfusionist  (1978)
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (1975)

Areas of Teaching

  • Principles and Practices of Extracorporeal Circulation
  • Clinical Experience in Perfusion
  • Perfusion Research

Research Interests

  • Quality of life after pediatric cardiac surgery including the development of ADHD
  • Use of simulation in perfusion education

Selected Publications

  • Sievert, A. N., Sistino, J.J. A meta-analysis of the renal benefits to pulsatile perfusion in cardiac surgery. JECT 2012; 44(1):10-14.
  • Sistino, J. J., Michaud, N. M., Sievert, A. N., & Shackelford, A. G. Incorporating high fidelity simulation into perfusion education. Perfusion 2011; 26 (5): 390-394.
  • Sistino, J.J., Ellis. C. Effects of health disparities on survival after neonatal heart surgery- why racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic status should be included in the analysis JECT 2011, 43(4), 232-235.
  • Sistino, J. J. Back to the stacks--looking at classic papers related to the current practice of cardiopulmonary bypass. JECT 2010 42(4), 265-267. (editorial)
  • Barnum, J., Sistino J. Renal dysfunction in cardiac surgery: identifying potential risk factors. Perfusion 2009; 24(2): 139-42.
  • Sistino, J. Using decision-analysis and meta-analysis to predict coronary artery bypass surgical outcomes - a model for comparing off-pump surgery to miniaturized cardiopulmonary bypass circuits. Perfusion 2008; 23(5): 255-60.
  • Kinard, M. R., 2nd, A. G. Shackelford, Sistino J. Gravity separation of pericardial fat in cardiotomy suction blood: an in vitro model. JECT 2009; 41(2): 89-91.
  • Hudacko A, Sievert A, Sistino J. Gaseous microemboli in a pediatric bypass circuit with an unprimed venous line: an in vitro study. JECT 2009; 41(3): 166-71.
  • Whitlow, J, Shackelford A, Sistino J. Barriers to the acceptance and use of autologous platelet gel. Perfusion 2008; 23(5): 283-9.
  • Sistino J. Investing in our future. The Thomas J. Wharton Memorial Lecture. Proceedings of the Amer Acad of Cardiovasc Perf (28) 7-11, 2007.
  • Whitlow, J., Shackelford, A., Sievert, A., & Sistino, J. Barriers to the acceptance and use of autologous platelet gel. Perfusion 2008, 23: 283-289.
  • Sistino J.J. Perfusion Safety. Proceedings of the Amer Acad of Cardiovas Perf 2008; 29:61-64.

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