Joon Bum Kim, MD (2014-15) 
Associate Professor 
Asan Medical Center/University of Ulsan College of Medicine 
Seoul, Korea 

Just starting out and eager to become a leading academic surgeon, Joon Bum Kim was looking for an experience that would offer clinical practice, research and international networking. The Graham Fellowship was a perfect fit. 

The fellowship is a unique and great opportunity to achieve academic and clinical excellence with…support from great masters of the world.
An assistant professor at the time, Kim’s primary host institution was Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, under the mentorship of current AATS Foundation Board VP Thoralf M. Sundt, III. He also spent time at the Cleveland Clinic and Hermann Memorial Hospital at the University of Texas. During his fellowship, he participated in 11 research papers, serving as first author on eight of them. 

…I rebuilt my operative strategies for aortic and valve surgeries; I believe these changes have already helped improve my patients’ outcomes… 

Evarts A. Graham Memorial Traveling Fellowship, 2019-2020

The Evarts A. Graham Memorial Traveling Fellowship was established in 1951 by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery for the purpose of supporting study within North America by promising young academic cardiothoracic surgeons from outside the region to broaden their overall training and increase international contacts. Since the inception of the Graham Fellowship, 65 individuals from 30 countries have completed the Fellowship.

The Fellowship is funded and administered through the AATS Foundation, and provides a stipend of $75,000 US to support studies at a primary center of their choice as well as travel to secondary sites in North America. The Fellowship also provides round-trip coach air fares from the recipient's country to his/her primary center.

The dates of the beginning and ending of the Fellowship year should be scheduled to coincide with the Annual Meetings of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery in  May 4 – 8, 2019, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada and April 25 – 29, 2020, New York Hilton and Sheraton, New York, NY. The Fellow will be introduced at the AATS Foundation Reception in Toronto and will be expected to submit a report summarizing his/her year's experience prior to the April 2020 Annual Council Meeting.

Fellowship Application Guidelines
Awards are made to surgeons of unique promise who are regarded as having potential for international thoracic surgical leadership.
  • A candidate should have completed his/her formal training in general surgery and in thoracic and/or cardiovascular surgery, but should not yet have reached a senior position.
  • Candidates must be sufficiently proficient in English to realize the full benefits of the Fellowship.
  • The Fellow must identify an individual at a primary center who will act as his/her sponsor and who will assist in planning the course of study at the host institution for a minimum of 6-9 months. A letter of support from that sponsor is required.
  • In addition to their primary center, the Fellow is encouraged to select secondary centers in which complementary experience can be acquired, and at which the candidate will spend shorter periods of time. These centers should be selected with guidance from their primary host, and mentors at those locations should submit letters of support.
  • The Fellow is expected to engage in observation, consultation, teaching and research during the twelve months. Patient contact will be determined by the sponsoring surgeon and will conform to the regulations and licensing requirements of the state, province, or country in which he/she is studying.
  • Candidates must be non-North American residents without significant (> 6 months) prior training in North America prior to making application. While candidates with prior North American experience may apply, those with no prior experience will receive preference.
  • The applicants proposed plan of study must clearly outline the educational insights and benefits that the fellowship will have on their professional career.
  • Letters of support and biography submitted by the applicant must outline future ambitions leading towards a potential leadership role in cardiothoracic surgery
  • The successful candidate should be planning to return to their native country following the completion of their fellowship.

Deadline July 1