Press Release 07/14/20


The Thoracic Surgery Foundation Announces “Top 20” Institutional Honor Roll – PDF

Twenty institutions top the list for the most cardiothoracic surgery research and education grants funded by TSF

CHICAGO, IL (July 14, 2020) – The Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF) has announced its “Top 20” Institutional Honor Roll for 2020. TSF, which is the charitable arm of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), provides awards for cardiothoracic surgery research, education, leadership, and surgical outreach in underserved patients. So far in 2020, the Foundation has distributed $1,047,500 in awards and scholarships.

The TSF “Top 20” most funded institutions since 1993 are:

  1. University of Pittsburgh
  2. University of Pennsylvania
  3. Washington University
  4. University of California San Francisco
  5. Johns Hopkins Medical Center
  6. University of Washington
  7. University of Virginia
  8. Stanford University
  9. University of California – Los Angeles
  10. University of Toronto
  11. University of Michigan
  12. Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  13. Baylor College of Medicine
  14. Massachusetts General Hospital
  15. Medical College of Wisconsin
  16. University of Colorado
  17. University of Cincinnati
  18. Roswell Park Cancer Center
  19. Columbia University
  20. University of Maryland

“We want to congratulate each of these institutions for achieving TSF Top 20 Honor Roll status. This status signals the strength of their cardiothoracic surgery programs, faculty, and staff,” said TSF President Joseph E. Bavaria, MD. “Each TSF funding application is thoroughly analyzed and scored by rigorous peer review, without bias or conflict of interest. The TSF Research Committee is composed of more than 40 appointed surgeon-scientist leaders who are actively practicing at medical institutions across the U.S. and Canada. The contributions of award recipients at these Top 20 institutions to cardiothoracic surgery and our patients is significant.”

The Foundation’s 2021 Award cycle launched on July 1, 2020. TSF enthusiastically welcomes applications from qualified cardiothoracic surgeons and residents, employed at any institution with a cardiothoracic surgery program. Award offerings and applications can be accessed at The deadline for 2021 TSF Award applications is September 15, 2020.


Contact: Priscilla S. Kennedy, TSF Executive Director


The Thoracic Surgery Foundation is a pivotal force for growth and vitality in cardiothoracic surgery, especially for research and academic career development, awarding more than $17 million in cardiothoracic surgery research and education grants. The Foundation was first established in 1988 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization and is the charitable arm of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The mission of TSF is to foster the development of surgeon scientists in cardiothoracic surgery; increasing knowledge and innovation to benefit patient care. If you would like to learn more about TSF grants or apply for a research or education award, please visit