Looking to the Future Scholarship Program

The primary goal of the scholarship is to provide mentorship for the best and brightest medical students or general surgery residents in hopes of encouraging them to pursue careers in cardiothoracic surgery.

Since 2006, LTTF scholarships have been awarded to 725 aspiring cardiothoracic surgeons.

2022 LTTF Medical Student Recipients
Krishna Bellam    
Brown University - Warren Alpert Medical School
Alexander Merriman    
University of California, San Francisco
Anne Bennett    
Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University
William Mitchell     
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Joel Boudreaux    
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Xena Morataya    
Ponce Health Sciences University
Zachary Brennan    
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kaitlin Nguyen    
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University / St Luke's Campus
Megan Campany    
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine - AZ
Krishna Patel    
Penn State College of Medicine
Isabella Florissi    
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Anagha Prasanna    
Harvard Medical School
Armando Gallegos    
UC San Diego
Syed Raza    
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Savannah  Gelhard    
University of Utah School of Medicine
Sara Sakowitz    
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Morgan Hill    
Medical University of South Carolina
Alexis Schiazza    
Columbia University VP&S
Cierra King    
Marshall University - Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
John Treffalls    
University of Texas Health San Antonio
Irina Kolesnik    
University of Maryland
Aaliyah Willis    
Morehouse School of Medicine
Oh Jin Kwon    
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Samantha Xu    
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Shale Mack    
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Anna Zarzycki    
University of Alberta
Emily Manin    
Weill Cornell Medical College
Alice Zhou    
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Rick Mathews    
Oregon Health and Science University
Cheryl Zogg    
Yale School of Medicine


2022 LTTF General Surgery Resident Recipients
Matthew Acton    
University of Louisville
Kevin Huang    
Medical University of South Carolina
Rishav Aggarwal    
University of Minnesota
Stanley Kalata    
University of Michigan
Nathan Alcasid    
University of California, San Francisco-East Bay
James Keiler    
Emory University
Christine Alvarado    
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center/
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Kate Krause    
Massachusetts General Hospital
Alisa Blumenthaler    
Indiana University
Charles Logan    
Northwestern University
Bernard Boateng     
University of Florida Jacksonville
Alexander Mills    
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Jessica Briscoe Medstar 
Georgetown University Hospital/ Washington Hospital Center
Felix Orelaru    
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor
Raghav Chandra    
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Marianna Papageorge    
Yale-New Haven Hospital
Daniel Cloonan    
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Rolfy Perez Holguin    
Penn State Hershey College of Medicine
Kerwin Cruz De La Rosa    
University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus
Hannah Rando    
University of Vermont Medical Center
Matias Czerwonko    
University of Washington
Jessica Ruck    
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
William Frankel    
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Klara Schwarzova    
Saint Agnes Healthcare
Marissa Guo    
Ohio State University
Anupama Singh    
University of Massachusetts Medical School 
Joseph Hadaya    
University of California, Los Angeles
Jessica Smith    
University of Utah
Mohammad Hamidi    
The University of Arizona, Tucson
Marvi Tariq    
University of Alabama at Birmingham


Benefits of the 2022 LTTF Scholarship include:

  • Complimentary registration for STS 2022—the Society’s 58th Annual Meeting—being held January 29-31, in Miami Beach, FL
  • A 3-night stay at an STS-designated hotel
  • Participation in exclusive events
  • Reimbursement of up to $500 in related travel expenses

The following are eligible to apply:

  • Medical students training at an institution in the United States or Canada
  • Clinical PGY1, PGY2, or PGY3 general surgery residents training at an institution in the United States or Canada
  • General surgery residents on dedicated research time who have not started their PGY4 clinical year training at an institution in the United States or Canada

Priority will be given to applicants who have not attended a national cardiothoracic surgery meeting or received another CT surgery meeting scholarship (such as AATS Member for a Day Scholarship, STSA Brooks Scholarship, or WTS Scholarship). Please note previous LTTF Scholarship recipients are not eligible; however, previous applicants are encouraged to re-apply. 

Email Rachel Pebworth.