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News from the AATS Graham Foundation: July 2014

Featured News
Fellowship for Advanced EBUS Training, sponsored by Olympus America
Intuitive

The AATS Graham Foundation Fellowship for Advanced EBUS Training, sponsored by Olympus America is now accepting applications. The goal of the program is to provide an educational experience for young thoracic surgeons from North America to spend a focused period of between one month and four monthsí time studying clinical techniques at a host institution proficient in Endobronchial Ultrasound.
Application Deadline: September 1, 2014.


Edwards Lifesciences Advanced Treatments of Valve Disease Fellowship
Edwards

The Edwards Lifesciences Advanced Treatments of Valve Disease Fellowship program is now accepting applications. The goal of the program is to provide an educational experience for a young cardiothoracic surgeon to spend a period of three months (minimum) to one-year studying clinical techniques at a host institution with a focus on enhancing expertise in advanced treatments of valve disease.
Application Deadline: November 1, 2014.


Ethicon Fellowship for Advanced Thoracic Minimally Invasive Surgery
Ethicon

The Ethicon Fellowship for Advanced Thoracic Minimally Invasive Surgery is now accepting applications. The program provides an educational experience for young thoracic surgeons from the United States to spend a focused period of between three months and one-year time studying clinical techniques at a host institution proficient in MIS in the United States.
Application Deadline: November 1, 2014.



Intuitive Surgical Robotics Fellows Announced
Intuitive

The following eight recipients have been selected to participate in the Foundationís inaugural Intuitive Surgical Robotics Fellowship which will provide two days of training at Intuitive Surgicalís Atlanta, GA Facility;

  • Lisa Brown, MD - Swedish Medical Center
  • Loretta Erhunmwunsee, MD - Duke University
  • Nathan Kister, MD - University of Kentucky
  • Geoffrey Lam, MD - New York University
  • Tiago Machuca, MD - University of Toronto
  • J. Matthew Reinersman, MD - Mayo Clinic
  • Barbara Robinson, MD - East Carolina University
  • Raina Sinha, MD - University of Southern California


Cardiothoracic Surgical Investigators Selected

The Foundation is pleased to announce the following five recipients were selected as the 2014 Cardiothoracic Surgical Investigators. The Investigators program was established by the Foundation in 2013 with $250,000 provided to support clinical or translational research by young cardiothoracic surgeons.

Felix Fernandez, MD
Emory University
"Pilot Study to Integrate Patient Reported Outcomes into the Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database"
Danielle Gottlieb, MD
Columbia University
"Transcriptional Profiling of Human Fetal Heart Valve Growth"
Mark Onaitis, MD
Duke University
"Drugging the K-Ras-Type II Cell Interaction in Lung Adenocarcinoma"
Brendon Stiles, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College
"Mechanistic effects of ART1-induced mono-ADP ribosylation on progression of non-small cell lung cancer"
Bo Yang, MD
University of Michigan
"Modeling vascular smooth muscle cell dysfunction by creating NOTCH1 mutation in human induced pleuripotent stem (iPS) cells"


Catching Up with Foundation Leaders
Board of Directors: Hartzell V. Schaff, MD
Sundt

Q: The Foundationís Annual Fund campaign begins its second year in 2014. What separates the Annual Fund from other Foundation initiatives?

A: Quite simply, the Annual Fund Campaign is one of the key fundraising initiatives to help ensure the long term growth and success of the Foundation. While additional outreach is conducted for specific projects, the Annual Fund provides an opportunity for donors to contribute to the Foundation and the specific activities to which they feel a connection. The annual request card includes a listing of all Foundation programs so that an individual can ensure 100% of their contribution goes to a particular initiative.



Advisory Council: Emile Bacha, MD
Sundt

Q: A planned gift recently donated to the Foundation was earmarked for the Graham Fellowship. Tell us about the Foundationís planned giving process and its benefits.

A: Planned giving serves as an alternative donation method, providing a commitment to the Foundation while also allowing for relief on items such as estate taxes. The Foundation welcomes these type of gifts whether it be retirement accounts, remainder trusts, bequests, life insurance, etcÖ A recent estate gift, which was highlighted in the Foundationís Annual Report, provided a perfect example of why planned giving is a successful alternative as the donor wanted to provide direct support for the long term sustainability of a program without having to contribute an immediate large donation.



Development Committee: James Tweddell, MD
Sundt

Q: In addition to traditional donation methods, the Development Committee has seen an influx of honoraria based donations. Tell us about that process and its benefits.

A: Many of us regularly visit institutions or attend meetings to provide a lecture in our area of expertise and for participating itís quite common for an honorarium to be provided. For those individuals who prefer not to accept an honorarium, the Foundation has established a mechanism through which it can be donated to the Foundation on their behalf.



 
Mission:
Driving leadership, learning, and innovation in the pursuit of excellence.

Vision & Values
We envision a dynamic and innovative future of continued excellence for cardiothoracic surgery. However, we can only strive to achieve excellence by adhering to our values:
  • Academic Exchange: It is our past and our future
  • Innovation and Collaboration: Working together to advance and achieve our mission
  • Advancing Patient Care: Our cornerstone as physicians
  • Fostering Leadership: Maintaining excellence for future generations
  • Trusted Stewardship: Honoring our history and safeguarding our future

Supporting the Foundation
The AATS Graham Foundation is grateful to donors who wish to support its ongoing mission of "driving leadership, learning, and innovation in the pursuit of excellence."

Many forms of charitable giving are appreciated including;
  • Individual Giving
  • Stock Gifts
  • Tribute and Memorial Gifts
  • Gifts from Donated Honoraria
  • Planned Gifts

For additional information on these opportunities please visit the Foundationís website at AATSGrahamFoundation.org or contact the Development Office at 978-927-8330.


 
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