What does it mean to have this award named after Dr. de Leval?

What kind of impact can a Fellowship like this have on the teaching of congenital heart surgeons?

Why do you think the Marc de Leval Fellowship is so important to those who are awarded it?

Marc R. de Leval Fellowship
An "Honoring Our Mentors" Fellowship Program

In 2013, the AATS Foundation created the “Honoring Our Mentors” Fellowship Program to honor prominent cardiothoracic and thoracic surgeons. The Marc R. de Leval Fellowship is the second in the series, which recognizes physicians who have demonstrated longstanding leadership and dedication throughout their careers in both their clinical practices and their commitment to training the future generation.
Honoring Marc de Leval

For over 40 years, Marc de Leval has practiced pediatric cardiothoracic surgery in London. Throughout that time, he has had a close association with the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), starting with his two-year time as a Graham Traveling Fellow (1973-1974). Retired from Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), today de Leval is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Harley Street Clinic and Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of London.

Meet this CT surgery mentor.

Become a de Leval Fellow
The de Leval Fellowship is for young North American trainees and early career congenital heart surgeons. It gives them the opportunity to spend four (4) to six (6) weeks studying congenital CT surgery techniques at UK/European institutions and developing relationships with international congenital heart surgeons. Awardees receive a $5,000 stipend to help cover travel and living costs while abroad.

Learn more about the fellowship’s application process, review process and award funding.

2016 Fellow Jeremy Herrmann and Dr. Marc R. de Leval

Become a de Leval Fellowship Supporter
Help preserve the international heritage of congenital heart surgery by supporting this Fellowship. In addition to the impact on future congenital heart surgeons, this is an opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous influence that Dr. de Leval has had in the field and on the careers of many trainees.

Gifts may be made directly as one-time or recurring pledge payments. One hundred percent of individual contributions will be used for the purpose of the fellowship. All levels of gifts are welcomed, and individuals and organizational supporters will be recognized in all related print and on-line materials accordingly.

Make a donation to support this program.


Supporter Categories

Founding Members
($10,000 +)

Baxter International Inc.
Gordon Cohen
J. William Gaynor

Jeff Jacobs
Christian Pizarro
Victor Tsang
Department of Cardiac Surgery,
 University of Michigan Health System,

Frankel Cardiovascular Center/
Edward L. Bove

Keck Medical Center, University of Southern California/Vaughn A. Starnes 

Mentee Level Supporters ($3,500 - $9,999)

Christopher Knott-Craig
Homayoun Jalali
Thoralf Sundt, III
Luca Vricella



Trainee Level Supporters 
($1,500 - $3,499)

Erle Austin
Marc R. de Leval
Ralph E. Delius
Stephanie Fuller

Ali Dodge-Khatami
Vibeke Hjortdal

Matus Petko
James S. Tweddell
Glen Van Arsdell