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Cardiothoracic Ethics Forum Scholarship

Career Stage: Early Career Surgeons, Medical Students, Mid-Career Surgeons, Residents, Fellows

Specialty: Multi-specialty

Status: Upcoming

Opens: September 30, 2022

Deadline: November 15, 2022

Program Overview

The future leadership of the Forum and ethics education will fall to early and mid-career CT surgeons, many of whom harbor great interest in ethics, but lack experience in the field, as few surgeons have background and training in bioethics. To provide opportunities for intellectual development and preparation for leadership roles in CT ethics, the Forum, supported by the STS and the AATS, offers scholarships in amounts up to $10,000 for interested CT surgeons or CT surgery trainees to obtain formal education and training in biomedical ethics through any of several programs offered by leading ethics centers in North America.

Scholarship holders are expected to participate in ethics-related activities of CT surgery organizations.

Partial Listing of Short-Duration Ethics Educational Programs:

Baylor College of Medicine

Center for Bioethics of Harvard University

Cleveland Clinic Clinical Ethics Immersion Program

Columbia University

Georgetown University

Harvard Clinical Bioethics Course

Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics

University of Chicago

University of Washington

Yale University

Previous Scholarship Award Recipients

Name (alphabetical)

Home Institution

Award Year

Study Program

Oliver Chow, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine, Cardiothoracic Surgery


Georgetown University, Kennedy Institute of Ethics: Intensive Bioethics Course

Garrett Coyan, MD

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident, 2014-2020


Bioethics Course (BIOETH 2664), University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law

Jennifer Ellis, MD, MBA

MedStar Heart Institute Washington Hospital Center


Georgetown University Intensive Bioethics Course

John Entwistle, MD, PhD

Jefferson University Hospital


Georgetown University Intensive Bioethics Course

Kathleen Fenton, MD

International Children’s Heart Foundation, Wm Novick Global Cardiac Alliance


Albany University Masters in Bioethics Degree Program

Meghan Elizabeth Halub, MD

Johns Hopkins Hospital Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellow, 2018-2024


Bioethics and Health Policy

Course, Loyola University, Chicago, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Care Leadership

Jason Han, MD

Integrated Resident, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Master of Science of Medical Ethics (MSME) Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Leslie Kohman, MD

Upstate Medical University, Syracuse


Georgetown University Intensive Bioethics Course

John Mayer, MD

Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard University


Fellowship in Bioethics at the Center for Bioethics of Harvard University

Susan Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD, MBA

Ohio State University Medical Center


Georgetown University Intensive Bioethics Course

Makoto Mori, MD

Yale School of Medicine , CT

Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, 2015-2021


Yale University, Bioethics Summer Institute

Kristen Sell-Dottin, MD

University of Louisville


University of Washington School of Medicine - Advanced Training in Healthcare Ethics

Richard Whyte, MD, MBA, MS (Hon)

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University


Fellowship in Bioethics at the Center for Bioethics of Harvard University

Eligibility Requirements

Awards are made to CT surgeons or trainees who are interested in biomedical ethics and show promise of providing leadership for the continuing development and flourishing of ethics education for CT surgery. Candidates must be members of the STS or the AATS, or be trainees in a CT training program or committed to CT surgery while in another surgery training program.

Application Process

An application must include:

  • a curriculum vitae or résumé that displays evidence of scholarly activity and leadership roles
  • identification of a specific educational program that will advance the applicant’s ethics knowledge and skills in preparation for participation and leadership in CT ethics programs
  • a budget that will cover the expenses associated with the identified program
  • a proposed plan of study (no longer than 500 words) that clearly states the educational insights and benefits that the scholarship will provide for the applicant's professional career and for CT surgery as a specialty

Past recipients are expected to recruit similarly qualified applicants from among their colleagues. At the end of the scholarship period, recipients must submit a report on the outcome of their educational opportunities.

The deadline for applications for the 2021-2022 academic year (September 2021-September 2021) is November 15, 2021. Visit CTSNet to submit your application.

Questions regarding Ethics Forum Scholarships should be directed to Robert M. Sade, MD at

Program currently closed:

Program will open September 30, 2022.