Master of Science Cardiovascular Perfusion

Cardiovascular Perfusion Faculty and Staff


Kevin McCusker, PhD, CCP, LP

Program Director

Since 2003, McCusker has been an assistant professor of surgery at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. He trained in the disciplines of physiology, biostatistics, and multidisciplinary health and human services.

McCusker established a Cardiovascular Perfusion Program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. He was also the program director at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. In addition, McCusker served as an adjunct professor, teaching Pathophysiology at the University of New Hampshire and Cardiopulmonary Physiology at Northeastern University. McCusker holds several U.S. Patents towards the advancement of extracorporeal circulation and holds the U.S. Device and Method Patents for inventing Condensed Perfusion Circuitry for Cardiopulmonary Bypass and Cardioplegia. He has been a practicing Perfusionist for more than 30 years. He is the author of more than 60 publications and serves on the editorial boards of several medical journals. McCusker has released two new books, “Systems Theory: A Modified Extracorporeal Circuit to Attenuate Systemic Inflammatory Response” and “Acid-Base Balance.”

Kristen Fanelli, MS, BScN, CCP, RN

Assistant Program Director

Fanelli has a Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. She has more than eight years of experience as a Certified Clinical Perfusionist (CCP) and clinical instructor for graduate-level perfusion students at multiple institutions. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is licensed as a registered nurse in Ontario and Michigan.

Phillip L. Robinson, MD

Medical Director


Chelsea Johnson, MS, CCP

Clinical Coordinator

Chelsea Johnson is a Certified Clinical Perfusionist with more than 7 years of experience. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Studies from Michigan State University. She then earned her Master of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion from Long Island University. She began her career working at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center before moving back to her home state of Michigan to continue her perfusion career. She has been a clinical preceptor to students throughout her career.

Robb Johnson, CCP, RRT

SIM Lab Director/Adjunct Instructor

Robb Johnson is a Certified Clinical Perfusionist with more than 7 years of clinical experience in the field of perfusion as well as in training others using high-fidelity simulation. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Perfusion Technology at the Medical University of South Carolina after practicing for years as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. He began his perfusion career at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center prior to joining the Orrum Clinical Analytics and Comprehensive Care Services teams here in Michigan. He has trained perfusion and respiratory concepts to multiple disciplines during his career, ranging from students to physicians alike, and his passion for the perfusion field has often been described as “contagious.”

Lexi Storey, MS, CCP

Adjunct Faculty

Lexi Storey is a certified clinical cardiovascular perfusionist in Michigan with more than 12 years experience at different hospitals in the surrounding area. She earned both a Bachelor of Science Degree and Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Windsor, Ontario. She then obtained her Master of Cardiovascular Science Degree from Midwestern University in Glendale Arizona. She has since mentored and acted as a clinical preceptor for aspiring students and is now taking on the role of teaching didactic curriculum.

Melissa Grayson, CCP

Adjunct Faculty


Sean Murtha, BS, CCP

Adjunct Faculty

Murtha has an extensive background in medical laboratory technology, adult and pediatric perfusion, and has many years of teaching experience in the healthcare field. He is a Certified Clinical Perfusionist (CCP) with more than 25 years of clinical experience. He is president and CEO of ORRUM Clinical Analytics and serves as the chief informatics officer at Comprehensive Care Services. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Cardiovascular Perfusion from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Penn. Murtha also holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, he has completed coursework at Northwestern University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue a Master of Science in Healthcare Analytics.

Patricia Fanelli, CCP

Adjunct Faculty

Patricia Fanelli is a graduate of Wayne State University and the Harper Hospital School of Perfusion Technology. She is a board certified clinical perfusionist and has been working in cardiac surgery for over 35 years. She serves on the Lawrence Tech perfusion program’s advisory board. Fanelli has a degree as a medical technologies and has a strong background in Joint Commission guidelines, federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) requirements, and other federal regulations. She developed policies and procedures, education competencies, regulatory guidelines, and training manuals currently used in perfusion services and regenerative medicine. She currently serves as chief clinical officer of Comprehensive Care Services, one of the nation’s leaders in Perfusion and Autotransfusion services. Comprehensive Care Services is certified by the Joint Commission, and provides superior perfusion and autotransfusion services.