Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship Award


Carolyn E. Reed, MD was a thoracic surgeon, an educator, and a successful researcher, who died early and before her retirement. She was an inspiration for young surgeons pursuing academic careers and positions of leadership.  To honor the memory of Dr. Reed and to continue her commitment to the education of innovative thoracic surgeons, the Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF), in conjunction with Women in Thoracic Surgery (WTS), has established the Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship.

This annual award, provided and administered by TSF, will allow a clinically established woman cardiothoracic surgeon to travel to another institution for the purpose of learning a new skill or technology. With a burgeoning field of surgical technology, many surgeons seek an opportunity to gain new experiences and return home with innovations and collaborations. As she was the consummate educator, the leaders of both TSF and WTS deem it most appropriate to establish this initiative in honor of Carolyn E. Reed.


The purpose of this fellowship is to allow a woman cardiothoracic surgeon to travel to another institution for the purpose of learning a new technology, fostering collaboration between surgical investigators and providing a new innovation to her home institution. This award of up to $10,000 will be used to defray the travel and living expenses.


Woman cardiothoracic surgeon who has completed training leading to certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS) or its Canadian equivalent, or woman CT surgery resident in her last year of training at an ACGME or Canadian equivalent accredited program who expects to be eligible for ABTS or its equivalent Canadian certification at the time the award is dispersed; Active practice or training in general thoracic surgery or cardiac surgery; Desire to expand the applicant’s skills within that specialty; and an established mentor/sponsor (man or woman) who agrees to provide the applicant with training experience.


  • Application Open: July 1, 2024
  • Application Deadline: September 15, 2024

Application Process

Applications will be accepted annually; The proposed educational experience will be defined by the applicant to include technique/procedure to be learned, proposed mentor/site, duration of training experience and benefit to the applicant and her home institution; and Mentor will complete online form to confirm (a) the availability of adequate clinic/case experience that will provide the proposed training, and (b) his or her agreement to serve as mentor.

Application Selection

The Reed Traveling Fellowship grant applications will be initially reviewed and evaluated by the TSF Reed Awards Committee. The Committee will make a formal recommendation for funding to the TSF Board of Directors. Activities:  Training is to be completed within one year of selection.  Seventy-five percent of the award will be paid to the recipient 30–60 days prior to beginning the educational program. A final written summary must be submitted (within 30 days of the fellowship’s completion) to TSF summarizing the educational experience and reviewing changes in practice on return to the home institution. The remaining award will be paid to the recipient on receipt of the final summary.

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Please join us in celebrating Carolyn’s life and dedication to education and innovation. We thank you in advance for your support! Donations can be made:

  • Online – Make a credit card donation today.
  • By Mail – Mail a check, made payable and addressed to The Thoracic Surgery Foundation, 633 N. Saint Clair Street, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60611. Please note the “Carolyn E. Reed Fellowship” in the memo section of your check.