He has been the director of Michigan’s internationally recognized ECMO program since 2005, which provides support for approximately 100 patients per year. He is also the Associate Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care unit, and is the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital. He is the President of the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO).
Clinical Research includes topics related to mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation, and his basic research interests relate to the development of novel technology for extracorporeal life support. He is the principle investigator on an NIH funded project to characterize the inflammatory impact of air and vacuum on cardiopulmonary bypass. The is a co-investigator of an NIH funded project studying feasibility of ECMO for patients with out of hospital cardiac arrest.