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Annual Meeting Travel Awards

Career Stage: Early Career Surgeons, Mid-Career Surgeons

Program Type: Annual Meeting Program

Specialty: Cardiac

Status: Closed

Opens: February 1, 2024

Deadline: March 15, 2024

Program Overview

The AATS Foundation is proud to have received a grant from Edwards Lifesciences Foundation for this program as part of its Every Heartbeat Matters (EHM) initiative. Between 2014-2020, the EHM community has impacted the global burden of heart valve disease by educating, screening and treating more than 1.7 million underserved people, surpassing the initial goal of 1 million. The next phase of this initiative is focused on improving the lives of 2.5 million additional underserved structural heart and critical care patients by the end of 2025. "Underserved" refers to individuals who have a health disparity as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and lack awareness of, or access to, medically appropriate heart valve-related healthcare.

Provides complimentary registration and travel stipends of up to $2,000 to attend the AATS Annual Meeting. Funding will be provided to surgeons from around the world at under-resourced medical centers and who treat heart valve disease patients in underserved populations.

View AATS Annual Meeting Travel Award recipients

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be an international heart valve surgeon demonstrating a financial need and who treats heart valve disease patients in underserved populations.
  • Must provide information on the number of underserved patients s/he cares for annually.

Application Process

Applicants should provide the following information:

  • A curriculum vitae with a full description of their surgical experience.
  • A one-page narrative describing how this program will impact your training and help advance patient care at your institution. It may also include an outline of your current practice with an estimate of the number of underserved VHD patients you treat annually, which includes the types of diseases currently treated, as well as an estimate of the number of VHD patients you may be able to more positively impact following attendance at the AATS Annual Meeting.

Review Process: The AATS Foundation’s Travel Award Committee will review all applications and recommend recipients to be presented to AATS Foundation Board of Directors for a final decision. The committee will focus on the potential impact the award may have on treating the underserved population in the applicants’ home country.

Applications will be graded on all aspects of the award criteria. All applicants will be notified with an official letter from the AATS Foundation prior to the Annual Meeting. Should you have any questions regarding your status prior to receiving this notification, please contact

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