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In Remembrance of

Rae Truslow

Rae (Kent) Truslow, 65, of Matthews, NC passed away unexpectedly on January 5th, 2021.


Rae practiced perfusion in Charlotte for 40 years - First at Carolinas Medical Center (Atrium) and then as a partner of First Charlotte Perfusion Services at Presbyterian (Novant) Hospital for thirty- three of those years. Rae cared deeply about his patients and always looked to improve outcomes. He was steady and calm under fire. His sense of humor was legendary and almost everyone who knew him has a funny story to share.

He is survived by his wife, Maggie, and five children, Kent, Alexandria, Julia, Rachel, and Margaret.

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In Remembrance of

Teresa Neal

It is with great sadness that we report that Teresa Neal, a friend and colleague, has passed away. 

Teresa graduated from Medical University of South Carolina Perfusion program in 1996 and practiced in Charlotte for many years and later at Emory Healthcare. She moved on to medical sales working for Cardiac Assist and most recently as a CLinical Specialist at ALung Technologies. 


Teresa was loved and admired by so many who had the privilege to know her. She loved to travel and recently toured Ireland with her sister. During the trip they had a chance encounter with Rick Steves from PBS Travel Series which made the trip a great story. 

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In Remembrance of

Ed Ristaino

The Ed Ristaino Memorial Scholarship has been established by the North Carolina Society of Perfusionists (NCSP) to support our commitment to excellence and education within the perfusion community.  This award is named in honor of Edward Ristaino, CCP, who passed away in March of 2012 as a result of a tragic hot air balloon accident. 

Ed was an avid hot air balloonist, snow skier, and sky diver.  He received a degree in biology from NC State University and worked in the cardiology research lab at Duke Hospital.  Ed was a perfusionist at CMC Northeast in Concord, NC, where he helped pioneer and expand the cardiac surgery program.   Ed was instrumental in the formation of the NC Society of Perfusionists, as well as in our efforts for licensure through the North Carolina Board of Medicine. 

We offer this $500 award to students enrolled in an accredited perfusion training program who are interested in presenting their research or case report experience at the annual NCSP meeting.  Anyone interested in donating to the Ed Ristaino Memorial Fund is encouraged to contact The Ed Ristaino Memorial Fund, Colony Bank of Fitzgerald, PO Box 1029, Fitzgerald, GA 31750. 

We intend to remember Ed for his devotion to perfusion, to his patients, and to perfusion education by offering this memorial scholarship each year.  

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