AATS C. Walton Lillehei Resident Forum

This Forum recognizes the extraordinary contributions to our specialty by a great innovator in congenital and vascular disease. A resident winner is selected by the Research Scholarship Committee, and receives a $5,000 award.

Past Winners:


2016 Rachel D. Vanderlaan Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  Mechanistic Insights into the Pathophysiology of Pulmonary Vein Stenosis

2015 Jeffrey E. Cohen Stanford, CA
  Creation of a Novel Endosymbiotic System for Photon Powered Myocardium in the Ischemic Heart

2014 Olugbenga T. Okusanya, M.D. Philadelphia, PA
  Fluorescent Intraoperative Imaging Can Identify Positive Surgical Margins

2013 Jeevan Nagendran, M.D. Edmonton, Canada
  Functional Recovery Following a Brief Period of Ischemia is Enhanced in Hearts from Inducible Cardiomyocyte-Specific CD36 Deficient Mice

2012 Jessica A. Yu, M.D. Aurora, CO
  Knockdown of Secretory Phospholipase A2 Reduces Lung Cancer Growth In Vitro and In Vivo

2011 Damien J. LaPar, M.D. Charlottesville, VA
  Pretreatment Strategy with Adenosine A2A Receptor Agonist Attenuates Reperfusion Injury in a Preclinical Porcine Lung Transplantation Model

2010 Bobby Yanagawa, M.D. Toronto, ON, Canada
  BRCA1 is a Novel Regulator of Cardiac Function via Altering Myocardial Substrate Utilization and Mitochondrial Bioenergetics

2009 J. Raymond Fitzpatrick, M.D. Philadelphia, PA, USA
  Tissue Engineered Pro-Angiogenic Fibroblast Matrix Improves Myocardial Perfusion and Function and Limits Ventricular Remodeling Following Infarction

2008 Turner C. Lisle, M.D. University of Virginia
  Inflammatory Lung Injury After Cardiopulmonary Bypass is Attenuated by Adenosine A2A Receptor Activation.

2007 Leo M. Gazoni University of Virginia
  Timing is everything. Pretreatment of donor lungs with the adenosine 2A receptor agonist ATL-313 results in superior protection from lung ischemia reperfusion injury versus administration during reperfusion.

2006 Amir M. Sheikh Durham, NC
  Proteomics of Brain Injury in a Neonatal Model of Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest.

  Jae Y. Kim San Francisco, CA
  Wnt Inhibitory Factor Inhibits Lung Cancer Cell Growth

2005 Paul W. M. Fedak Toronto, ON, Canada
  Cell Transplantation Preserves Matrix Homeostasis: A Novel Paracrine Mechanism

2004 Filiberto Rodriguez Palo Alto, CA
  Alterations of Transmural Strains in the Ischemic Border Zone During Acute Mid-Circumflex Occlusion

  Mark F. Berry Philadelphia, PA
  Targeted Overexpression of Leukemia Inhibitory Factor Preserves Myocardium in Postinfarction Heart Failure

2003 Sunil Singhal Philadelphia, PA
  Preoperative Viral Gene Transfer Of Interferon-beta Prevents Recurrence And Improves Survival In Advanced Thoracic Malignancies

2002 Subhasis Chatterjee Philadelphia, PA
  Viral Gene Transfer of the Anti-apoptotic Factor ARC Protects Against Post Ischemic Heart Failure

2001 Tomasz A. Timek Palo Alto, CA
  Septal-Lateral Annular Cinching Abolishes Acute Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation in Sheep

2000 Allan S. Stewart Philadelphia, PA
  Gene Transfer of Bcl-2 Does Not Affect Myocardial Stunning But Ameliorates the Deleterious Effects of Chronic Remodeling

1999 Andrew I. Campbell Toronto, ON, Canada
  Angiogenic Therapy with Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Reverses Pulmonary Hypertension

1998  Stephen D. Cassivi Toronto, ON, Canada
  Transgene Expression Following Adenoviral-Mediated Retransfection of Rat Lungs is Increased and Prolonged by Transplantation-Level Immunosuppression