2017 Awards Program

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Application Open Date: July 15, 2016; 7:00 am CT
Application Close Date: October 15, 2016; 11:59 pm CT

2017 TSF Awards Program Brochure PDF

TSF Research Grant
Operational Support of original research efforts by cardiothoracic surgeons who have completed their formal training, and who are seeking initial support and recognition for the research program. Awards of up to $40,000 per year for up to two years are granted to support the work of an early-career cardiothoracic surgeon (within seven years of first faculty appointment at time of application deadline). 
Application Deadline: 10/15/16

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Nina Starr Braunwald Research Grant→
Nina Starr Braunwald, MD was the first woman to be certified by the ABTS and the first woman to conduct open heart surgery.  This award in her name provides operational support of original research efforts by women cardiac surgeons who have completed their formal training, and who are seeking initial support and recognition for their research program.  Since its inception, award recipients have gone on to become established leaders within the field and this award is one of the specialty’s most prestigious research grants. Awards of up to $40,000 per year for up to two years are made each year to support the work of an early-career woman cardiac surgeon (within five years of first faculty appointment).
Application Deadline: 10/15/16

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Nina Starr Braunwald Research Fellowship→
Nina Starr Braunwald, MD was the first woman to be certified by the ABTS and the first woman to conduct open heart surgery. This award in her name supports up to $30,000 per year for up to two years for a woman resident working in a cardiac surgical clinic or laboratory research program who has not yet completed cardiothoracic surgical training.  Since its inception, fellowship recipients have gone on to become established leaders within the field. This is widely recognized as one of the specialty’s most prestigious research fellowships.
Application Deadline: 10/15/16

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Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA) Research Grant→
TSF, through the generosity and philanthropy of the STSA, is offering this award that will provide operational support of original research efforts by cardiothoracic surgeons who have completed their formal training and who are seeking initial support and recognition for their research program. Awards of up to $25,000 for one year will be granted to support the work of an early-career cardiothoracic surgeon (within seven years of first faculty appointment at the time of application deadline). STSA membership is not required; however, applicants must meet STSA membership eligibility requirements.
Application Deadline: 10/15/16

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Michael J. Davidson Traveling Fellowship→
Michael J. Davidson, MD was an outstanding cardiothoracic surgeon and teacher, who was murdered in January of 2015 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. This tragedy profoundly affected the cardiothoracic community and brought to light Dr. Davidson’s achievements in mastering sophisticated catheter skills and advocating for a future that would meld the cardiac catheterization lab with the operating theatre. This award in his name will provide annual support of $25,000 for a deserving young early-careercardiothoracic surgeon (within seven years of first faculty appointment at the time of application deadline) committed to the vision of innovative and collaborative cardiovascular care that Dr. Davidson helped pioneer. The first Michael J. Davidson Fellowship will occur at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Application Deadline: 10/15/16

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Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship→
Carolyn E. Reed, MD was a thoracic surgeon, an educator and successful researcher, who died early while still in her prime. She served as the first female Chair of the ABTS and was also President of the STSA and STS.  This award in her name provides support of up to $10,000 for a clinically-established woman thoracic or cardiac surgeon, or woman resident in her last year of cardiothoracic surgery residency, to travel to another institution for the purpose of learning a new skill or technology.
Application Deadline: 10/15/16

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TSF/Edwards Lifesciences Foundation Every Heartbeat Matters→
TSF, through the generosity and philanthropy of the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation via its Every Heartbeat Matters Campaign, is offering support of up to $37,500 for qualified surgeons who conduct charity work in underserved regions/populations. This award is designed to provide support for programs that educate, screen and/or treat underserved populations to reduce the global burden of heart valve disease, or to support other programs that advance health care and address underserved populations. It is anticipated this program will lead to treatment of hundreds of valve patients and diagnosis of thousands of valves in an effort to ultimately help Edwards Lifesciences reach their goal of treating one million valve patients.
Application Deadline: 10/15/16

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The Levi Watkins Innovation and Leadership Development Scholarship→
Levi Watkins, MD was an accomplished cardiothoracic surgeon and social activist at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, and made medical history by working with innovative physicians and engineers to implant the first automated internal cardiac defibrillator in a human-being. The Watkins Scholarship will provide a training and/or development grant to support travel to a center of excellence to acquire additional clinical, translational or leadership training to enhance skills and practice in an area of innovation or surgical significance.  This award in his name will provide support of up to $5,000 for up to two weeks for cardiothoracic surgeons who are within seven years of first faculty appointment.
Application Deadline: 10/15/16

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TSF Alley-Sheridan Scholarships→ 
Ralph Alley, MD was a Founding Member of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and served as President from 1975-1976. David Sheridan was an inventor and close friend of Dr. Alley who held more than 50 patents for innovations that have improved health care.  Moved by his collaborator and friend’s commitment to thoracic surgery, Sheridan created the Alley-Sheridan Fund, which provides the following educational opportunities for cardiothoracic surgeons:

  1. Leadership Program in Health Policy Management: TSF offers up to ten partial scholarships of $2,500 towards the $5,200 cost to attend the Leadership Program at the Heller School of Public Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
    Application Deadline: 02/01/17
  2. Surgeons as Educators: TSF will support up to two scholarships of $2,500 towards the cost of tuition to attend the Surgeons As Educators Course hosted by the American College of Surgeons.
    Application Deadline: TBD

Links to Additional Grant Resources→

NEW Robert L. Replogle Traveling Fellowship→


* The TSF reserves the right to determine the amount of support at the time of the award up to the amounts indicated herein. Only electronic submissions for TSF awards will be accepted.