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International Clinical Fellowship in Thoracic Aortic Surgery

Applicant Requirements: Deadline ends at 11:59pm Eastern on 7/1/2024

Career Stage: Early Career Surgeons, Residents

Program Type: Career Development Award, Fellowship

Specialty: Cardiac

Status: Closed

Opens: April 15, 2024

Deadline: July 2, 2024

Program Overview

Provides a 1-year fellowship in aortic surgery for CT surgeons with no exposure to thoracic aortic surgery in their own departments. The selected fellow will have full clinical access to operate during the duration of the program and will have full immersion in the institution's cardiothoracic surgical department. A high-volume operating experience will be provided to the fellow, and a research component is strongly encouraged.

Host Site

University of Vienna, Department of Cardiac Surgery

AATS Host Member

Prof. Dr. Marek Ehrlich, Director Aneurysm Program*, Director Surgical Ablation Program
*The Aortic Aneurysm Program is one of the largest in Europe with approximately 250-300 aortic cases annually and includes aortic dissection, thoracoabdominal aortic repair, and aortic root procedures such as Tirone David and TEVAR.


55,000 Euros will be funded which includes Austrian taxes, health insurance and all social benefits required by Austrian labor law. This also includes funding to attend the AATS Annual Meeting, including travel, lodging, and registration fees. Lodging in Vienna for fellow will be covered by the institution for the duration of the fellowship.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this award, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for consideration:

  • Current Status: Candidate will have recently completed or will be finalizing their cardiothoracic surgical residency training and seek to develop exceptional skill and knowledge in the field of thoracic aortic surgery and become a future leader in the field. Candidates should have no prior exposure to thoracic aortic surgery in their own departments.
  • Language Requirement: English or German
  • Travel Requirements: Candidate must satisfy all necessary licensure, visa, and credentialing criteria required by the host center.

Application Process

Applicants should provide the following materials with their formal application:

  • A curriculum vitae with a full description of their surgical experience
  • Letter of support from the chief/chair of their current institution or their training program*
  • One to two-page narrative to include:
    • What they hope to accomplish during their fellowship
    • How they will utilize the skills they have learned at their home institution, if applicable
    • Relationship of the planned study to the applicant’s prior experience, preparation, and professional goals
    • Statement of future career goals

*For those looking to send letters of support for the candidate directly to the AATS Foundation, please email

Review Process

The AATS Foundation’s Cardiac Scholarship Committee will review all applications and recommend recipients to be presented to AATS Foundation Board of Directors for a final decision.
At the conclusion of their training a final report describing their fellowship experience and its application to clinical practice will be required for submission to the AATS Foundation and the fellowship’s donor. The recipient will also be asked to report on how attending the AATS Annual Meeting impacted their learning experience.

Applications will be graded on all aspects of the award criteria. All applicants will be notified with an official letter from the AATS Foundation within 2-3 months of the program deadline. Should you have any questions regarding your status prior to receiving this notification, please contact

Supported By

The fellowship is funded by the generosity of Mag. Andreas Prokes through Eximpol GmbH.

Program past deadline:

Deadline has passed for applying for this program.