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Cardiothoracic Ethics Forum Scholarship

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

Specialty: Multi-specialty

Status: Closed

Opens: October 1, 2023

Deadline: December 15, 2023

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 surgical 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

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

Brittany Abt, MDKeck Medicine of USC2021The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Law School, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Law, and Medical Ethics Course
Devon Anderson, MDUniversity of California Davis Medical Center2021Harvard Clinical Bioethics Course

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

Hiba Ghandour, MDDuke University2022Intensive Bioethics Course at Georgetown University
Ariana Goodman, MDStrong Memorial Hospital2022Advanced European Bioethics Course “Suffering, Death and Palliative Care”
Fadi Hage, MDLondon Health Sciences Centre2020Bioethics Intensive Course at Baylor College of Medicine

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

Ali Irshad, MDVanderbilt University2022Harvard Fellowship in Bioethics
Lucky Jefferson, MDUniversity of Calgary2021Fellowship in Bioethics at the Center for Bioethics at Harvard University

Leslie Kohman, MD

Upstate Medical University, Syracuse


Georgetown University Intensive Bioethics Course

Clauden Louis, MDUniversity of Rochester2019Summer Institute in Bioethics at Yale
Jessica Luc, MDUniversity of British Columbia2019Master's Degree Healthcare Law University of Dundee
John Mayer, MDBoston Children’s Hospital, Harvard University2017Fellowship 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

Darshan Reddy, MDUniversity of KwaZulu Matal, South Africa2015University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa (Ethics Studies)
Brandi Scully, MDJohn Hopkins Hospital2019Bioethics Intensive Course at Baylor College of Medicine
Laura Seese, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center2021Baylor College of Medicine Bioethics Intensive Course

Kristen Sell-Dottin, MD

University of Louisville


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

Aditya Sengupta, MDIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai2022Harvard Fellowship in Bioethics
Karissa Tauber, MDHospital of the University of Pennsylvania2022Oxford University-Short Course in Ethics of Healthcare and Capitalism
Lauren Taylor, MDUniversity of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center2022Harvard Fellowship in Bioethics
Dennis Wells, MDUniversity of Cincinnati Medical Center2021The Ohio State University College of Medicine Master of Arts in Bioethics

Richard Whyte, MD, MBA, MS (Hon)

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University


Fellowship in Bioethics at the Center for Bioethics of Harvard University

Sean Wightman, MDKeck Medical Center of the University of Southern California2019Bioethics Intensive Course at Baylor College of Medicine
Jane Zhao, MDThe Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center2021Baylor College of Medicine Bioethics Intensive Course

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 250 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 2023 - 2024 academic year (October 2023 - September 2024) is December 15, 2023. Visit CTSNet to submit your application.

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

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Deadline has passed for applying for this program.