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Event Dates: 
September 5, 2018 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

Presentation 1

Presentation Summary:

This presentation will highlight crucial areas in the development and evolution of cardiac and vascular tissue banking, with a primary focus on clinical application.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Outline the development and evolutionary timeline of cardiac and vascular tissue banking.
  2. Summarize frequent clinical applications of cardiac tissues.
  3. Summarize frequent clinical applications of vascular tissues.

Evolution and Clinical Application

Speakers: Gregory Ray, M.D., Jeff Wiggins, CTBS, and Perry Lange, CTBS
Day: September 5, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST


Dr. Ray

Dr. Ray

Dr. Gregory Ray is the Medical Director at CryoLife in Kennesaw, GA. Dr. Ray is past Chair of the AATB Physicians’ Council, has served on the AATB Board of Governors, and is currently on the AATB Standards Committee. Dr. Ray received his B.S. degree in Biology from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA and his MD degree from Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. He completed a fellowship in Molecular Medicine at the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Genetics at MCG.

He completed postgraduate training in Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and was Chief Resident at Emory University in 2000. Dr. Ray is certified by the American Board of Pathology in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, with a special interest in cardiovascular pathology. He is a fellow of the College of American Pathologists and a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Pathology. Prior to joining CryoLife in 2003, Dr. Ray served as Laboratory Medical Director and Staff Pathologist in four Atlanta area community hospitals.

Jeff Wiggins

Jeff Wiggins

Jeff began with CryoLife in 1989 as a tissue processing technician. Following a year of processing cardiovascular allografts, he then took a position as a Tissue Recovery Trainer, conducting workshops throughout North America teaching recovery techniques to organ and tissue recovery personnel. In addition to his training responsibilities, Jeff has also managed several regions throughout North America as Donor Services Account Manager. He also managed the Donation Support call-center for five years. He is a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (CTBS) through the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). Jeff graduated from Mercer University with a BA in Biology.

Perry Lange

Perry Lange

Perry Lange is currently the Clinical Leader for LifeNet Health Cardiovascular Services. He previously served as the divisional Vice President from 2005 through 2016.

After being an instructor at Old Dominion University in the early 1980s, he began his medical career as a Physician and Surgical Assistant. Mr. Lange has been with LifeNet Health since 1985 and has served in many capacities. He started his transplant career performing organ recoveries and included tissue duties in 1986. Throughout his time at LifeNet Health, Perry has served in senior management positions for Tissue Processing, Client Development, Sales and Marketing, and led the Sports Medicine and Cardiovascular divisions. Speaking as a representative of LifeNet Health, he also has appeared on the television shows “Modern Marvels” and “National Geographic Explorer”.

Mr. Lange graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and has done graduate work at Eastern Virginia Medical School and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He has spoken internationally, authored several book chapters and co-authored over 25 publications. Perry served three terms on the American Association of Tissue Bank’s Board of Governors, and in September 2010 was awarded one of the AATB’s highest awards, the Jeanne Mowe Distinguished Lifetime Service Award.