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Clinical ECLS

The University of Michigan Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) Program is under the direction of Drs. Jonathan Haft (Director), Gail Annich (Co-Director), and William Lynch (Co-Director). The ECLS team consists of 21 specialists, a manager, an administrative assistant and an equipment technician. The team works in conjunction with the Surgical, Thoracic, Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care staff as well as the Divisions of Pediatric, Thoracic and General Surgery and in the care of adult patients in the Cardiovascular Center Intensive Care Unit. The University of Michigan clinical ECMO program is one of the main collaborators with the ECLS Research lab, and is an integral component of moving our translational research designs and processes from "benchtop" science to clinical application.

The University of Michigan has a long tradition of being leaders and the ECMO program at UMMC is no exception. Our program was established in 1980 by one of the founding fathers of ECMO, Dr. Robert H. Bartlett. Our first patient was in 1981, with a total of eight patients that year. Currently we average 80-100 patients per year. As of June 2006, we have placed approximately 1750 patients on ECMO. The ECMO program grew swiftly and a dedicated team was organized in 1987. Dr. Bartlett expanded the program to adults in 1988. We have completed 194 transports to date. In 1994, our program expanded to include rapid cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR). The ECMO Program subscribes to the “patients and families first” philosophy established by the University Hospital Medical System. Communication, compassion, and education are tools of the trade as we help families and friends cope with the severe illness of a loved one. The uniqueness of extracorporeal support attracts the interest of all health care professionals. Internationally recognized as a leader in extracorporeal life support research, the program serves as an educational resource to other health care centers. As a provider of a truly unique and highly technical service, the ECMO Program recognizes its place in the healthcare community and understands the importance of public relations with our local, regional, and national referral base.

For more information, please visit:

Extracorporeal Life Support (ECMO) Welcome Page
Extracorporeal Life Support (ECMO) Research Page