Looking to the Future Scholarship Program

Since 2006, 610 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. 

The following scholarship recipients received complimentary registration for the STS 56th Annual Meeting and Tech-Con 2020 in New Orleans, a 3-night stay at an STS-designated hotel, reimbursement of up to $500 in related travel expenses, an assigned mentor for one-on-one insights, and the ability to participate in exclusive events at the Annual Meeting.

If you have questions about the LTTF Scholarship Program, contact Rachel Pebworth.

2020 Medical Student Recipients
Elorm Agra    
Emory University
Christopher Hurtado    
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Saira Alex    
Baylor College of Medicine
Niveditha Jagadesh    
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Fares Alghanem   
Central Michigan University College of Medicine
Jimmy Kang    
University of Alberta, Canada
Edgar Aranda-Michel    
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Jackson King    
Washington State University College of Medicine
Ryan Azarrafiy    
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Lauren Levy    
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Sameer Bhalla    
Rush University
Josef Madrigal    
University of California, Los Angeles
Jenny Bui    
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Connor Magura    
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine - Atlanticare Campus
Carolyn Chang    
Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
Nicholas Mayne    
Duke University School of Medicine
Emily Durbak    
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Elizabeth Norton    
Creighton University School of Medicine
Molly Elson    
Emory University School of Medicine
Mohammad Noubani    
SUNY-Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook
Ioana Florea    
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Jacqueline Russell    
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Eleanor Gerhard    
The George Washington University School of Medicine
Jessica Santos-Parker    
University of Michigan
Joe Heiler    
University of Arizona, Tucson
Lena Trager    
University of Minnesota Medical School - Twin Cities
Matthew Henry    
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Jack Zakrzewski    
University of Illinois College of Medicine - Chicago
Ahmad Hider    
University of Michigan Medical School
Jasmine Zhao    
Keck School of Medicine


2020 General Surgery Resident Recipients
Ammar Asban    
University of Alabama At Birmingham
Myriam Martinez Aguilar    
New York University Winthrop Hospital 
Katelynn Bachman    
Case Western University/University Hospitals
Cynthia Miller    
Massachusetts General Hospital
Brandon Bacon    
University of Missouri-Kansas City
David Miranda    
University of Washington
Shawn Barker    
Indiana University
Hiroko Nakahama    
Loyola University Medical Center
Kevin Chen    
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Michael Napolitano    
George Washington University Hospital
Renee Cholyway    
Virginia Commonwealth University
Serena Pham    
New York University
Jeff Conner    
Madigan Army Medical Center
Eric Quintana    
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Chase Corvin    
University of Chicago
Caroline Ricard    
Tufts Medical Center
Amber Duda    
Mercy Health the Jewish Hospital
Alley Ronaldi 
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Zachary Enumah    
Johns Hopkins Hospital
John Sadeghi    
NSLIJ General Surgery/Hofstra-Zucker School of Medicine
Erik Green    
Tulane University
Alainna Simpson    
Oklahoma State University
Karishma Kodia    
Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami
Lise Tchouta    
Columbia University Medical Center
Anthony Kronfli    
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Chidinma Tiko-Okoye    
Lankenau Medical Center
Brenda Lin    
Boston University
Charles Vasquez    
University of Pennsylvania
Reid Mahoney    
University of Hawaii
Elizabeth Yates    
Brigham and Women's Hospital


Qualified applicants included:

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

Priority was given to applicants who have not attended a national cardiothoracic surgery meeting or received another CT surgery meeting scholarship (such as recipients of an AATS Member for a Day Scholarship, a STSA Brooks Scholarship, or a WTS Scholarship to attend the STS Annual Meeting). Previous Looking to the Future Scholars are not eligible; however, previous applicants are encouraged to re-apply.