Thank you to the generous supporters who contributed to the Aldo R. Castaneda Fellowship

Boston Children's Hospital: The Heart Center Department of Cardiac Surgery

Founding Members
David H. Adams
Roberto Di Donato
Vikto Hraska
Richard A. Jonas
Robert M. Sade
Christo I. Tchervenkov
Gerhard Ziemer

Mentee Level Supporters
Guillermo O. Kreutzer

Trainee Level Supporters
Robert W. Emery
Christian Kreutzer
John J. Lamberti
James S. Tweddell


Aldo R. Castaneda Fellowship
An “Honoring Our Mentors” Fellowship Program

Program overview

The AATS Foundation Aldo R. Castaneda Fellowship has been established by mentees and friends of Dr. Aldo Castaneda including many members of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (formerly the “Aldo Castaneda Society”).  This fellowship offers Latin American congenital heart surgeons within their first ten years of practice the opportunity to spend up to 3 months of observational training within a host facility in North America (ideally a first or subsequent generation mentee of Aldo Castaneda).

The fellowship is sponsored and administered by the AATS Foundation and provides an award, of up to $15,000 to one recipient for three months of study or two recipients up to $7,500 for one month of study, to defray travel and living expenses while in North America. Additionally, recipients will be strongly encouraged to attend the AATS Annual Meeting; those who attend will receive a $200 travel stipend to defray costs of registration.

Goal of Program: To provide Latin American congenital heart surgeons a traveling fellowship to North America to train with a mentee of Aldo Castaneda.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for an award, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for consideration:

  • A candidate must be a citizen of Latin America
  • Be in the first ten (10) years of his/her practice
  • Fluency in English is mandatory
  • Travel Requirement: Candidate must meet all necessary criteria (license, visa, etc…) for travel to and from host training site.

Application Process

The deadline to submit an application for the Fellowship is July 1st, 2019. In addition to a formal online application, candidates will also be required to upload the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of support from his/her current department chair/division chief.
  • Additional letter of support
  • Letter of support from Host 
  • One to two page narrative to include: (1) what they hope to accomplish during their fellowship; (2) how they will utilize the skills they have learned at their home institution; (3) relationship of the planned study to the applicant’s prior experience, preparation and professional goals; (4) statement of future career goals, and (5) how they plan to spend the funding

Deadline: July 1st, 2019