TSF STSA Resident Research Award

STSA, in partnership with the Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF), offers the TSF STSA Resident Research Award. This award provides operational support of original research efforts by general surgery or cardiothoracic surgery residents who have not yet completed cardiothoracic surgical training.  The award provides $30,000 per year for up to two years (No additional funds will be paid out for indirect, fringe, or other expenditures).

During the fellowship, the resident will work in a cardiothoracic surgical or laboratory research program.

STSA membership is not required; however applicants must meet eligibility requirements.  Pre-Candidate membership requirements for general surgery residents can be found here and Candidate membership requirements for cardiothoracic surgery residents can be found here.

STSA is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2019 TSF STSA Research Award is Lillian L. Tsai, MD, for her research project titled, An Implantable Microdevice for Personalized Chemotherapy to Prevent Recurrence in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.” Dr. Tsai is an general surgery resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Tsai’s project will use an implantable microdevice to prevent recurrence in non-small cell lung cancer, using patient-derived xenografts to test and individualize therapy. Ultimately, the team’s goal is to insert this microdevice into patient tumors preoperatively, extract the device postoperatively, and personalize adjuvant chemotherapy to maximize survival.

Applications for the 2020 TSF STSA Resident Research Award will open on July 15, 2019. The deadline for applications is September 15, 2019.

Learn more and access an application at www.thoracicsurgeryfoundation.org/awards/. Contact TSF Headquarters with questions about the TSF STSA Resident Research Award at tsf@sts.org.