Looking to the Future Scholarship Program

The 2021 Looking to the Future (LTTF) Scholarship awardees have been announced!

The 60 scholarship recipients—30 general surgery residents and 30 medical students—represent the best and brightest, each with an interest in exploring a career in cardiothoracic surgery. More than 185 applicants were received – a new record for the scholarship program. Since 2006, LTTF scholarships have been awarded to 670 aspiring cardiothoracic surgeons to underwrite expenses for participation in the STS Annual Meeting


  • Complimentary registration to attend STS 2021, the Society’s Annual Meeting, being held virtually January 29-31.
  • One-on-one virtual mentoring with a cardiothoracic surgeon mentor/STS member who can share insights and provide guidance on how to carve a path in the field.
  • Access to an exclusive LTTF virtual program planned for January 2021. 
2021 General Surgery Resident Recipients
Sakib Adnan  
Albert Einstein Medical Center

Andy Lee  
University of Illinois at Chicago

Weston Andrews  
University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville
Miguel Leiva-Juarez  
Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center
Vincent Anto  
University of Pittsburgh
Richard Mendez  
University of Vermont
Madison Argo  
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Obieze Nwanna-Nzewunwa  
Maine Medical Center
Jake Awtry  
Brigham and Women's Hospital Hospital
Kristen Ohe  
Swedish Medical Center - First Hill
Dathe Benissan-Messan  
The Ohio State University
Anne O'Shea  
Brooke Army Medical Center
Kevin Carroll    
Morehouse School of Medicine
Seema Rao  
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Kanika Chawla  
Southern Illinois University
Dylan Russell  
Tripler Army Medical Center
Andre Critsinelis  
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Joseph Sweeney  
University of Louisville
Pooja Desai  
Albany Medical Center
Stephanie Tom  
Emory University Hospital
Brian Duxbury  
University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
Benjamin Wadowski  
New York University School of Medicine
Claire Faltermeier  
University of California Los Angeles
Erin Wolf Horrell  
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Benoit Herbert  
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center / Kaiser 
Enoch Yeung  
Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital
Maxwell Kilcoyne  
Mercy Catholic Medical Center
Yujiro Yokoyama  
St. Luke's University Health Network
Yung Lee  
McMaster University
Clara Zhu  
Cooper University Hospital


2021 Medical Student Recipients
Ghazal Aghagoli  
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Fabian Jimenez Contreras  
Duke School of Medicine
Salem Argaw  
Northwestern University, Feinberg of School of Medicine
Jawad Khazaal  
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine - Grand Rapids
Sainath Asokan  
Boston University School of Medicine
Ilan Layman  
Howard University College of Medicine
Nicholson Brant  
Texas Christian University & UNT Health Science Center - Fort Worth
Yeonsoo Lee  
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine - Arizona
Steven Buckeridge  
Morehouse School of Medicine
Angelica Martin  
University of California, Davis
Michael Catalano  
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Clare Moffatt  
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Adam Chalek  
Wayne State University
Douglas O'Connell  
Touro University 
Andy Dong  
Emory University School of Medicine
Benjamin Palleiko  
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Ethan D'Silva  
Baylor College of Medicine
Rosyli Reveron  
Stanford University 
Ryaan EL-Andari  
University of Alberta
Francisco Rodriguez-Matos  
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Lina Elfaki  
University of Toronto - St. George Campus
Omar Sharaf  
University of Florida College of Medicine
Taania Girgla  
University of Michigan Medical School
Mary Siki  
Tulane University School of Medicine
Jericho Hallare  
California Northstate University
Gagandip Singh  
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
Joshua Insler  
Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
Amrita Sukhavasi  
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Stephanie Jiang  
Queen's University
Jonah Thomas  
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University


Email Rachel Pebworth, Affiliate Manager, Awards and Operations.