Looking to the Future Scholarship Program

Since 2006, 550 Looking to the Future scholarships have been awarded to underwrite expenses for attendance at the STS Annual Meeting and provide mentorship to aspiring cardiothoracic surgeons. 

Scholarships include complimentary registration for the STS 56th Annual Meeting, January 26-28, 2020, in New Orleans, a 3-night stay at an STS-designated hotel, participation in exclusive events, and reimbursement of up to $500 in related travel expenses

Qualified applicants for the LTTF Scholarship Program include general surgery residents and medical students who are training at an institution in the United States or Canada and are considering a career in cardiothoracic surgery. The primary goal of the scholarship is to provide mentorship for the best and brightest of these applicants in the hopes of encouraging them to pursue CT surgery. Priority will be given to applicants who have not attended a national cardiothoracic surgery meeting or received another CT surgery meeting scholarship (such as the AATS Member for a Day scholarship, STSA Brooks Scholarship, or WTS scholarship). Please note that previous Looking to the Future Scholarship recipients are not eligible; however, previous applicants are encouraged to re-apply. 

A list of the 2019 scholarship recipients is listed below. Information on applying for the 2020 Scholarship will be posted later this year. 

Please contact Rachel Pebworth, Affiliate Manager, Awards and Operations, with any questions.

2019 Medical Student Recipients
Shahnur Ahmed
Wayne State University
Emily Kragel
Brody School of Medicine
Imad Aljabban
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Arvind Kumar
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Junedh Amrute
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Dustin Lieu
Keck School of Medicine
Brian Ayers
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Brian Lim    
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bernice Badu
Medical College of Wisconsin
Iris Liu
University of California, San Francisco
Sandeep Bharadwaj
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Tom Liu
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Matthew Brown
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Brian Lo
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Ashley Choi
Duke University School of Medicine
Kara McClain
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Carlos Cuenca
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Umang Parikh
Baylor College of Medicine
Kevin Cyr
Stanford University School of Medicine
Sarah Rudasill
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Carolyn Dubeau
Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University
Shivani Shah
Harvard Medical School
Theresa Elder
Central Michigan University College of Medicine
Erik Stiles
Washington State University, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Thais Faggion Vinholo
Yale University School of Medicine
Morgan Walgren
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Akash Fichadiya
University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine
Gregory Wasserman
NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
Max Frenkel
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Pong Xiong
University of California, Davis
2019 General Surgery Resident Recipients
Ruth Ackah
The Ohio State University
William Phillips
Northwestern University
Rebecca Carr
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Rahul Rajeev
University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley
Kimberly Ellis
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
Benjamin Resio
Yale New Haven Hospital
Dana Ferrari-Light
New York Presbyterian, Queens
Sriganesh Sharma
University of Michigan
Christian Frye
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Kimberly Shemanski
University of Southern California
Andrew Hallett
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Elan Sherazee
University of California, Davis
Travis Hull
Massachusetts General Hospital
Thomas Shin
Cleveland Clinic
Rachel Kim
Temple University
John Skendelas
Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Martin Kosztowski
University of Iowa
Kelly Stahl
Penn State General Surgery Residency
Dana McCloskey
Cooper University Hospital
Bailey Su
University of Chicago
Brett Melnikoff
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Alejandro Suarez-Pierre
Johns Hopkins University
Philicia Moonsamy
Massachusetts General Hospital
Karthik Thangappan
University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Nicholas Oh
University of California, Los Angeles
Matthew Wingo
NYP - Weill Cornell Medicine
Ramola Panchal
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Salman Zaheer
Hospital of University of Pennsylvania
Deven Patel  
Cedars Sinai Medical Center


From left: LTTF Scholarship recipients Ace St. John
and Alyssa Flores with Elizabeth A. David, MD and
Rishindra M. Reddy, MD at the STS Annual Meeting
in January 2017.