2020 TSF Award Recipients

RESEARCH:

Feredun S. Azari, MD
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
“Tumor-Associated Neutrophils (TANs) – A Key Player in the Tumor Microenvironment?”
TSF Resident Research Fellowship Award, $60,000

Renee M. Cholyway, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University
“Mitochondrial Transfusion to Recover Function in Donor After Circulatory Death Hearts”
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA) Resident Research Award, $48,000

Keith A. Dufendach, MD
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
“Weakly Supervised Machine Learning for Automated Transthoracic Echocardiogram Interpretation”
TSF Resident Research Fellowship Award, $60,000

David Kalfa, MD, PhD
The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
“Development of an Innovative Biomimetic Patch to Improve the Durability of Valve Repairs”
TSF Research Award, $80,000

Ian A. Makey, MD
Mayo Clinic
“Atrial Trans-Septal ECMO Cannulation”
TSF Research Award, $40,000

Cynthia L. Miller, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
“Induction of Heart Allograft Tolerance in Cynomolgus Macaques via En Bloc Thymus Transplantation”
Nina Starr Braunwald Research Fellowship Award, $60,000

Navyatha Mohan, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
“Leveraging Machine Learning Algorithms to Develop Risk Models in Cardiac Surgery”
Nina Starr Braunwald Research Fellowship Award, $30,000

Albert C. Pai, MD
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
“Effects of Severe Lung Injury from Airway Stem Cell Implantation”
TSF Resident Research Fellowship Award, $30,000

Parth M. Patel, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital/Emory University
“Achieving Tolerance in NHP Heart Transplant Recipients with Donor Exosomes”
TSF Resident Research Fellowship Award, $30,000

Adam C. Soloff, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
“Enhancing the Functionality of T cells for Next Generation Adoptive Cell Transfer Therapy for Advanced Lung Cancer”
American Lung Association/TSF Lung Cancer Research Award, $80,000

Matthew L. Stone, MD, PhD
University of Colorado School of Medicine
“Improving Heart Transplantation Outcomes with Sphingosine-Targeted Therapies”
STS Research Award, $80,000

Matthew D. Taylor, MD
The Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine
“Targeting Metastasis Suppressor 1 Regulation as a Novel Therapy for the Prevention of Metastasis in Lung Adenocarcinoma”
TSF Research Award, $80,000


EDUCATION:

Robert C. Groom, MS, CCP, FPP
Tenwek Hospital
Sarns Terumo Perfusion Fellowship Award, $10,000

Puja G. Khaitan, MD
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
“Robotic Esophageal Surgery”
Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship Award, $7,000

Raghav A. Murthy, MD
Mount Sinai Hospital
“Management of MAPCA’s, Complex Tracheal Surgery and Complex Single Ventricle VAD’s”
Robert L. Replogle Traveling Fellowship Award, $10,000

Jennifer S. Nelson, MD
Nemours Children’s Hospital
“Cone Repair for Ebstein’s Anomaly”
Robert L. Replogle Traveling Fellowship Award, $10,000

Uma M. Sachdeva, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
“Resection and Lab-Based Techniques for Treatment and Study of Early-Stage Esophageal Cancer”
Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship Award, $10,000


LEADERSHIP:

Immanuel I. Turner, MD
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Heart Institute
“Innovation in Mechanical Circulatory Support”
The Levi Watkins Innovation and Leadership Development Scholarship, $5,000


SURGICAL OUTREACH MISSIONS:

Adanna C. Akujuo, MD
Albany Medical Center
Underserved Region: Nigeria
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award, $35,000

Ganesh Kumar K. Ammannaya, MD
Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College & General Hospital
Underserved Region: India, Dhule
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award, $29,000

Zachary O. Enumah, MD
Cardiac Surgery Intersociety Alliance
Underserved Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award, $35,000

Jessica Forcillo, MD
Montreal University Hospital Centre
Underserved Region: South Africa
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award, $29,000

Lyle D. Joyce, MD, PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Underserved Region: Kenya/Tenwek Hospital
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award, $35,000

Reza A. Khodaverdian, MD
Eisenhower Medical Group
Underserved Region: Enugu/Nigeria
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award, $29,000

Carmelo A. Milano, MD
Duke University
Underserved Region: Honduras
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award, $30,000

Mubashir A. Mumtaz, MD
UPMC Pinnacle
Underserved Region: Pakistan
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award, $29,000

Jay D. Pal, MD, PhD
University of Colorado
Underserved Region: Nepal
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award, $35,000

Harma K. Turbendian, MD
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Wolfson Children’s Hospital
Underserved Region: Armenia
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award, $29,000


Kanika Kalra, MD
Emory University
“Outcomes of Valve Sparing Root Replacement vs. Traditional Bentall Procedure in Patients with Aortic Root Aneurysms with Non-Stenotic Bicuspid Aortic Valve”
STS/EACTS Award, $2,500