James W. Brooks Resident Scholarship

About the Award

The STSA James W. Brooks Resident Scholarship seeks to identify and encourage general surgery residents, who are committed to pursuing a career in cardiothoracic surgery, to travel to the STSA Annual Meeting. The Scholarship includes one round-trip, coach-class airfare to attend the STSA Annual Meeting; three nights’ hotel accommodation; tickets to attend the President’s Mixer and the Dinner Gala; and an assigned STSA mentor to assist in planning a schedule of educational programming, answer questions and facilitate introductions.

The criteria to apply for the scholarship are as follows:

  • Applicants must be general surgery residents in good standing at a U.S. medical institution in the STSA region who displays academic excellence and promise. General surgery residents training at a U.S. medical institution outside of the STSA region who obtain a letter of nomination from an STSA member (Active or Senior) will also be considered.
  • Applicants must display a significant dedication to the field of cardiothoracic surgery.
  • Applicants must demonstrate commitment through community service, education, and leadership.

To see a map of the STSA region click here.

The application process for the 2019 James W. Brooks Resident Scholarship is now open. Interested applicants must apply online at https://sts.smapply.io/. In addition to completing an application form, applicants will be asked to upload a current CV, a letter of nomination from an STSA member (Active or Senior), and a letter of support from his or her program director confirming permission for the applicant to travel to the meeting in Florida. The application deadline is Monday, July 15, 2019 @ 11:59 p.m. CT.

Contact STSA Headquarters at stsa@stsa.org or 312.202.5892 with questions.


2018 STSA Brooks Resident Scholarship Recipient
  • Alex Kossar, MD, Upstate University Medical Center

The Scholarship Committee would like to recognize the following finalists.

2018  STSA Brooks Resident Scholarship Finalists
  • Lauren Barron, MD, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Lola Chabtini, MD, Indiana University
  • Oliver Jawitz, MD, Duke Univeristy
  • Dana McCloskey, MD, Cooper University Hospital
  • Alexander Nissen, MD, San Antonio Military Medical Center

Thank you to everyone who applied and wrote a letter of recommendation!

To see a list of previous STSA Brooks Resident Scholarship recipients and finalists click here.