2024 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2024 Thoracic Surgery Award Recipients! These awards have been made possible by generous donors including surgeons, societies, industry partners, grateful patients, and friends who have invested in the future of the specialty.

– RESEARCH –
Rachel Vanderlaan, MD, PhD
Pulmonary Vein Stenosis: Mechanistic Insights Through Genomic Studies
STS Research Award (Faculty)

Jarrod Predina, MD
Developing Intratumoral mRNA-Based Immunotherapy Strategies to Eliminate Recurrences After Lung Cancer Surgery
TSF Research Award (Faculty)

SunYoung Kim, MD
Alcohol and Notch Pathway Mutations Synergistically Induce Atrioventricular Canal Defects: Potential Rescue by Folic Acid
Nina Starr Braunwald Research Fellowship Award (Resident)

Zachary Kiernan, MD
Investigation of the Biochemical Basis For Gender-Related Outcomes Following Heart Transplantation
TSF Resident Research Fellowship Award

Chi Chi Do-Nguyen, DO
The impact of metabolome class in specialized pro-resolving mediators and its role in attenuation of thoracic aortic aneurysm growth
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA) Resident Research Award

Gavitt Woodard, MD, FACS
Immune cell infiltration and function after neoadjuvant chemo-immunotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer
AstraZeneca Lung Cancer Research Award

Raheem Bell, MD
Reducing Disparities in Lung Cancer Screening: A QR-Based Approach to Improve Self-Reporting Among Black Patients
AstraZeneca Reversing Health Disparities in Lung Cancer Research Award

Isao Anzai, MD
Statistical Modeling and Clinical Outcomes Research Training via STS Database and Analytics Team
STS Database Clinical Research Fellowship Award

– EDUCATION –
Marvin D. Atkins Jr., MD
Fellowship to: Ospedale San Rafaelle, Milan Italy
Thoracic Surgery Foundation/Francis Fontan Fund International Traveling Fellowship

Debora Brascia, MD
Fellowship to: Massachusetts General Hospital
Thoracic Surgery Foundation/Francis Fontan Fund International Traveling Fellowship

Andres Felipe Jimenez Ordonez, MD
Fellowship to: Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Canada
Thoracic Surgery Foundation/Francis Fontan Fund International Traveling Fellowship in Partnership with LACES

Carolina Sosa Vota, MD
Fellowship to: Hospital Universitario de Navarra, Pamplona Spain
Thoracic Surgery Foundation/Francis Fontan Fund International Traveling Fellowship in Partnership with LACES

Laura A. Scrimgeour, MD
Fellowship to: Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Michael J. Davidson Structural Heart Fellowship Award

Lauren K.M. Barron, MD
Fellowship to: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Nicholas Kouchoukos Award

Jonathan R. Zurcher, MD
Fellowship to: The Mount Sinai Hospital
Nicholas Kouchoukos Award

Sahar Saddoughi, MD, PhD
Fellowship to: Kyoto University, Japan
STS/TSF Douglas Mathisen Traveling Fellowship in General Thoracic Surgery

Mahim Malik, MD, FACS
Fellowship to: Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship

Constantine D. Mavroudis, MD, MSc, MTR
Fellowship to: Boston Children’s Hospital
Robert L. Replogle Traveling Fellowship Award

Juan A. Munoz-Largacha, MD
Fellowship to: Beth Israel Lahey Health
Underserved Robotic General Thoracic Surgeon Development Award

Aitua Charles Salami, MD, MPH
Fellowship to: Temple University
Underserved Robotic General Thoracic Surgeon Development Award

Jordan M. Dozier, MD
Fellowship to: CHI Memorial Hospital
The Levi Watkins Innovation and Leadership Development Scholarship

Srikanth Kasturi, MBBS
Attended 2024 STS Annual Meeting
Saha Scholarship

Chandana Adhikarla, MD, MPH
Attended 2024 STS Annual Meeting
Saha Scholarship

Dhaval Ashokbhani Bhimani, MBBS, MS, MCh
Attended 2024 STS Annual Meeting
Saha Scholarship

Aakash Dinesh Joshi, MBBS, MS, MCh
Attended 2024 STS Annual Meeting
Saha Scholarship

Arya Kamal Das, MD
Attending 2025 STS Annual Meeting
Saha Scholarship

Siddhant Rajendra Vairagar, MBBS, MS
Attending 2025 STS Annual Meeting
Saha Scholarship

– HUMANITARIAN OUTREACH –
Allen Zheng, MD,PhD
Underserved Region: Mozambique, Rwanda
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award

William M. Novick, MD, MS
Underserved Region: Rwanda
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award

Jay D. Pal, MD, PhD
Underserved Region: Nepal
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award

Pranava Sinha, MD
Underserved Region: Uganda
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award

Robert C. Neely, MD
Underserved Region: Eldoret, Kenya
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award

Joseph W. Turek, MD, PhD, MBA
Underserved Region: Guyana
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award

Aldo Elmer Rafael, MD
Underserved Region: Lima, Peru
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award

Shaun P. Setty, MD
Underserved Region: Fiji/South Pacific
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award

Adam R. Williams, MD
Underserved Region: Honduras
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award

Adanna C. Akujo, MD
Underserved Region: Nigeria/Anambra State
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award

Jeffrey D. McNeil, MD
Underserved Region: Nigeria/Anambra State
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award

Thomas Theologou, MD
Underserved Region: Vietnam
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award

Wilhelm S.A. Lichtenberg, MD
Underserved Region: South Africa
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award

Andrew B. Goldstone, MD, PhD
Underserved Region: Nigeria/Anambra State
TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award

These awards have been made possible by generous donors including surgeons, societies, industry partners, grateful patients, and friends who have invested in the future of the specialty.