Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists

Research & Awards Funded

Your donation plays a pivotal role in the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists’ (SCA) ongoing mission to lead, innovate, and excel in the field of cardiovascular anesthesiology. Every contribution is directed towards funding cutting-edge research, supporting educational programs, and developing resources that enhance patient care. By investing in the advancement of knowledge and treatment strategies, your generosity not only aids in the education and development of current and future anesthesiologists but also contributes to improving the outcomes for patients facing cardiovascular diseases across the globe. In essence, your support empowers the SCA to continue its vital work, ensuring that the most advanced care and groundbreaking research continue to evolve and reach those in need.

Grants Awarded Since 2008

Subsequent Funding for PIs (2008-2020 SCA Grants)

Total SCA Grant Funding 2008-2020

$16.89M - ROI: 575%
Subsequent Federal Funding

PIs with Subsequent FAER/IARS/AHA Funding

PIs with Subsequent Federal funding

PIs with selected subsequent funding

Subsequent Publications (2008-2020 SCA Grants)

Publications acknowledging SCA Grant

Publications/grant (SCA acknowledged)

Publications directly related to SCA Grant

Publications/grant (directly related)

Statements of Impact from Research Award Winners

Kimberly Howard-Quijano, MD, MS, FASE

Starter Grant

“I am extremely grateful for the critical support that the SCA Starter Grant offered in my career development. This was the first research funding I had received, and it truly provided the foundation for my career as a physician scientist. With this initial support, I was able to acquire the skills and preliminary data for a successful five-year K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The SCA research grants support has provided a platform for not only the advancement of my research, but also mentoring residents and students in numerous projects.”

Jessica Brodt, MBBS, FASA

Mid-Career Grant I received the SCA mid-career research award to support my post-pilot research into regional anesthesia techniques for patients undergoing cardiac surgery (ESP catheters for on-pump coronaries and valves). Receiving the award was an incredible honor and I feel indebted to the SCA – not only do I realize it’s an incredibly competitive process, but to be considered in the ranks of the researchers who have come before and after me is very humbling. As a direct result of support from the award, I received protected non-clinical time allowing me to conduct research, additional related coursework, take on mentoring roles (locally as well as through SCA) and really focus on my career development. This was in addition to funds used to cover research coordinator time, statistical support, and biomarker storage and analysis. These are very tangible benefits of SCA research grant support. The other intangible benefits relate to the psychological boost of receiving the grant, which I can draw on when there are challenges and road blocks. As I continue my career as a clinician scientist, I am making sure to give back to the SCA via volunteering and annual donations to support the missions of the SCA.

Jochen Steppan, MD, DESA, FAHA, FASA

Mid-Career Grant

“It has been a tremendous honor to receive the very competitive SCA Mid-career award. Being funded by the SCA has made a big impact on my ability to continue research and transition from an early stage investigator towards a mid-career role. This grant allowed us to generate sufficient data to obtain NIH funding to investigate the fundamental mechanisms behind pulmonary hypertension – a deadly disease with great impact on perioperative management.”

Nathan Clendenen, MD, MS

Starter Grant

“The SCA Starter grant was the critical support I needed to launch my career as a clinician scientist at just the right time. The starter grant gave me the opportunity to learn about research and generate data leading to two successful NIH proposals. I am so grateful for this support, and it was instrumental in helping me pursue my long-term goal of improving patient care through pragmatic clinical trials.”

Robert Thiele, MD, MBA

Starter Grant

“My SCA starter grant was the first extramural funding I received as a new faculty member, and it set me on a path towards NIH funding.  This early grant allowed me to fund early work that would lead to a K-08 from the NIGMS (as well as negotiate for an appropriate amount of protected non-clinical time), which then lead to an R-21 Trailblazer award from the NIBIB.  Device development is difficult, but we are honing in on a realistic (i.e. affordable and actually fits in an OR) technical solution to the problem of brain ischemia monitoring – all existing technology looks for surrogate measure of ischemia, e.g. hemoglobin saturation, whereas we seek to interrogate the brain tissue itself using advanced near infrared spectroscopy equipment.  These early stage grants are so important if we are going to launch the careers of academic anesthesiologists – in addition to funding projects and helping carve out protected time, they offer external validation that is useful to NIH and other grant reviewers who are short on time and have to make snapshot decisions based on a limited amount of data.”

Anne Cherry, MD, FASE

Kaplan Leadership Development Award

Most immediately, the Kaplan Leadership Development Award fostered development of the skill set I needed to continue evolving our department’s research program for clinical fellow trainees. Moreover, the timing of the award relative to my career stage at the time was ideal: in the years that have followed, that leadership development has paid dividends in a variety of other professional domains both locally and nationally, including (perhaps most importantly) opportunities to give back via service to the SCA via several roles. I’m extremely grateful to the SCA for their support of my Kaplan Leadership Development Award, which solidified my path in promoting research and other professional development.

Amanda Rhee, MD, MS

Kaplan Leadership Development Award

The Kaplan Leadership Award and the educational leadership opportunity it created for me provided key learning and networking opportunities that I carry with me today. We created a program which reduced never events in the operating room and I now hold a leadership position working as the Executive Director of Perioperative and Procedural Quality for the System Chief Medical Officer. I couldn’t be more grateful for the support of the SCA and the Dr. Joel Kaplan’s vision to support growing leaders.

J. Danny Muehlschlegel, MD, MMSc, MBA

Kaplan Leadership Award Recipient

The support from the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) at the onset of my career was pivotal, demonstrating that I could secure competitive peer-reviewed funding, a foundation that enabled me to apply for additional grants and eventually establish an NIH-funded laboratory. Subsequently, receiving the Kaplan Leadership Award facilitated further education through an MBA, equipping me with the essential skills and tools to lead a department successfully.

Cumulative by Award Year

Grant Awards by Foundation

NameGrant TypeGrant TitleYear
Luai ZakariaIn-TrainingMorbidity and Mortality after High-Dose Hydroxocobalamin for Refractory Vasoplegia: A Retrospective Propensity Score Analysis of Safety and Efficacy2023
Terri SunStarter/DiversityBilateral paravertebral blockade for improvement of quality of recovery following cardiac surgery: a randomized controlled trial2023
Tiffany WilliamsStarter/DiversityMachine Learning of Physiological Waveforms and Electronic Health Record Data: Towards predicting hemodynamic instability in adult congenital heart disease surgical patients2023
Lee GoeddelMid-CareerHemodynamic Profiles of Cardiovascular Dysfunction and Risk of Cardiac Surgery Associated Kidney Injury in Patients with Preserved Ejection Fraction2023
Meghan PrinStarterCircadian Movements and Delirium in Older Cardiac Surgery ICU Patients2022
Kofi VandyckDiversityOptimization of Platelet function Testing In Cardiopulmonary bypass (OPTIC): A Comparison Between Thrombelastography-PlateletMapping and Total Thrombus-formation Analysis System (T-TAS)2022
Yafen LiangMid-CareerPrevention of Post-Cardiac Surgery Acute Kidney Injury by Proton Pump Inhibitor: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial2022
Sergey KaramnovStarterCombined clinical-epidemiological risk score for postoperative atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery: a multi-institutional study2021
Elena AshikhminaDiversityActivated Prothrombin Complex Concentrate FEIBA to Optimize Postcardiopulmonary Bypass Hemostasis in Pediatric Cardiac Patients2021
Alina NicoaraMid-CareerRight ventricle adaptive changes in patients undergoing left ventricular assist device implantation2021
Marta KelavaMICORThe Effect of Continuous Low Tidal Volume Ventilation and Hyperoxia Avoidance During Cardiopulmonary Bypass2021
Matthew BarajasStarterAltered Efficacy of Ischemic Post Conditioning after Cardiac Arrest in a Diabetic Rat Model2020
Isaac WuStarterTranscatheter Mitral Valve Repair and Right Ventricular Function: Analysis Based Upon Intraoperative Pressure-Volume Relationships2020
Mike MazzeffiMid-CareerVon Willebrand Factor Concentrate for Treatment of Acquired Von Willebrand Syndrome During ECMO: An in vitro Dose Finding and Efficacy Study2020
Nathan ClendenenStarterHemostasis after Cardiac Surgery and the Effect of Whole Blood Transfusion2019
Jessica BrodtMid-CareerEnhanced Recovery after Cardiac Surgery with Erector Spinae Plane Catheters: A Prospective, Randomized, Placebo Controlled Trial2019
Erik StraussStarterAssessment of Tranexamic acid and ε-Aminocaproic acid Pharmacokinetics and therapeutic Effectiveness during cardiopulmonary bypass (TAPE)2018
Jochen SteppanMid-CareerThe role of LOXL2 in pulmonary hypertension2018
Eckhard MauermannStarter3D Echocardiography-Derived Pressure-Volume Loops for Assessing Right Ventricular Performance. A feasibility study with broad clinical implications2017
Louis SaddicStarterRemote genetic remodeling of the cardiac nervous system following myocardial ischemia and the attenuation of these changes with spinal cord stimulation2017
Viachaslau BarodkaMid-CareerPrevention of Cardiac Surgery Associated Acute Kidney Injury by a Goal-Directed Perfusion Protocol: Pilot Single Center Randomized Controlled Trial2017
Jan DielemanStarterGenome Wide DNA Methylation Profiles in Patients with Severe Coronary Artery Disease and Heart Failure2016
Matthew FischerStarterPredicting Post-Operative Atrial Fibrillation Using a Multi-Locus Epigenomic Risk Metric2016
Michael MazzeffiStarterProcoagulant and Anticoagulant Factor Levels, Thrombin Generation, and Bleeding During Veno-Arterial ECMO2016
Srdjan JelacicRoizenThe Use of Routine Video Surveillance of the Entire Operating Room to Identify Specific Hazards and Analyze Sentinal Events from Cardiothoracic and Vascular Procedures2016
Matthew LevinStarterGenomics of Vasoplegia2015
Quintin QuinonesStarterInnate Immune Adaptations of Hibernation as a New Approach to Protection Against Acute Organ Injury2015
Elod SzaboMid-CareerInfluence of exercise and arrhythmia on the development of Na-channel related cardiomyopathy2015
Domagoj MladinovIn-training grantNovel Strategies in Advancing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: MicroRNAs, Small Molecules with Great Potential2014
Kimberly Howard-QuijanoStarterThe Role of Cardiospinal Reflexes in Modulation of Ventricular Arrhythmogenesis2014
Bryan MaxwellStarterDevelopment of a Comprehensive Perioperative Registry of Noncardiac Surgery and Obstetric Care for Patients with Adult Congenital Heart Disease2014
David McIlroyMid-Career GrantDoes varying the chloride content of intravenous fluid alter the risk of acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery?2014
Keierick TogashiRoizenRandomized Study of the Clinical Impact of Surgical Correction of Tricuspid Insufficiency in Implantable LVAD patients2014
Geoffry LivelyIn-TrainingA Clinical Pilot Study of Interactive Biomarkers in Coagulation, Inflammation and Endothelium with/ without Enhanced Anti-Oxidant Buffering Capacity utilizing High Dose Intravenous Vitamin C2013
Michael ManningStarterAtrial fibrillation following cardiopulmonary bypass: The role of angiotensin II2013
Robert ThieleStarterComparison of broad-band near-infrared spectroscopy-derived mitochondrial oxidation state and tissue oxygen saturation for the detection of ischemia in two models of rat cerebral ischemia2013
Nina Hauck-WeberMid-CareerSecretion of Caveolin to the Bloodstream-a Role for Circulation Factors in Inducing Organ Protection by Helium – A Translational Approach2013
Friederike BehmenburgStarterDoes Protection of the Aged Heart by Targeting Mitochondrial Large Conductance Ca2+-activated Potassium Channels Improve Long Term Hemodynamic Performance?2012
Tobias PiegelerStarter Amide-linked Local Anesthetics as Src kinase inhibitors in Pulmonary Vascular Inflammation – A New Target for Old Drugs?2012
Amanda FoxMid-Career Genome-Wide Assessment of Genetic Associations with Heart Failure after Primary Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery2012
Se-Chan KimRoizenCpG Oligodeoxynucleotide Mediated Postconditioning and Immunomodulating Effect in Myocardial Ischemia and Reperfusion Injury2012
Jayant Nick PratapStarterRandomized Trial of Near-infrared Spectroscopy to Guide Intraoperative and Intensive Care Management During Children’s Heart Surgery2011
Jan StumpnerStarterThe Functional Role of Calcium/Calmodulin Kinase II in Ischemic and Anesthetic-induced Cardiac Protection2011
Diederik Van DijkMid-CareerThe Effect of Dexamethasone on Cognitive Decline after Cardiac Surgery2011
Timo BrandenburgerStarterEffects of MicroRNA-1 Knockdown on IGF-1 and cMet Expression and Impact on Hypoxia-induced Cell Death in Rat Myoblast Cells H9c22010
Tetsuro SakaiStarterRole of Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloproteinase in Stem Cell Mediated Neuronal Protection In Vitro2010
Gregory HareMid-CareerDetermining the hemoglobin threshold for hypoxic cellular responses: Studies in anemic hypoxia inducible factor (HIF)-ODD-luciferase mice2010
Joern KarhausenRoizenThe Intestinal Injury in a Rat Model of Deep Hypothermic Cardiac Arrest: Critical Role of Mucosal Mast Cells for Barrier Function and Inflammation2010
Qing MaMid-CareerPPAR Gamma as a Novel Therapeutic Target in Perioperative Cerebral Injury Following Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest2009
Martina Nowak-MachenStarterCD39 Modulates NKT Cell-induced Oxygen Toxicity in the Lung2009
Matthias RiessRoizenFree Radicals and Mitochondrial Function: How does genetic predisposition affect cardioprotection by volatile anesthetics?2009
Mark LovichStarterPericardial Inotropic Therapy: A new paradigm for studying heart contraction2009
Zhengyuan XiaStarterNitrate Tolerance Compromises Propofol Protection Of The Endothelium Against Inflammation: The Role Of PKC-ß2 And NADPH Oxidase Interaction2008
J. Danny MuehlschlegelStarterFunctional analysis of Protease Activated Receptor-4 Polymorphisms associated with Myocardial Injury2008
Ragnar HuhnStarterHelium-induced Cardioprotection in the Hypertensive Myocardium2008
Mark GerhardtMid-CareerCytoskeletal Alterations in a Porcine Model of Restrictive Ventricular Septal Defect2008

Kaplan Leadership Awardees

YearAwardeeTitle and InstitutionLeadership Development Opportunity
2024Sarah Cotter, MDAssistant Professor, Duke University Medical CenterDeveloping an Evidence-Based Perioperative Curriculum for Cardiac Residents
2024Ashley P. Oliver, MDClinical Professor, The Regent of the University of California, Los AngelesStanford Physicians Leadership Training Certificate
2023Sergey Karamnov, MDAssistant Professor, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBrigham Leadership Program
2022Sheela Pai Cole, MD, FASE, FASAClinical Professor, Stanford UniversityStanford LEAD Program
2022Stephanie Ibekwe, MD, MPH, MSAssistant Professor, Baylor College of MedicineUniversity of Texas at Dallas Executive MBA – Healthcare Organizational Leadership
2021Karsten Bartels, MDAssociate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical CenterHarvard Leadership Development Course for Physicians in Academic Health Centers
2020Lisa Rong, MDAssistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine/New York-PresbyterianExecutive Leadership Coaching Program for Research Leaders
2019Ruma Bose, MDAdult Cardiovascular Anesthesia Program Director, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterStructural Heart Disease Curriculum for Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship
2019Danny Muehlschlegel, MD MMScAssociate Professor of Anesthesia, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolMIT Sloan Executive MBA
2018Anne Cherry, MDAssistant Professor, Duke University School of MedicineDevelopment for Leadership of Anesthesiology Fellowship Research Program
2018Michael Grant, MDAssistant Professor, The Johns Hopkins Medical InstitutionsDesign and Implementation of an Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery (ERACS) Program
2017Rebecca M.Gerlach, MD FRCPCAssistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care; Director, Anesthesia Perioperative Medicine ClinicUniversity of ChicagoChicago, ILDevelopment of Preoperative Anemia Treatment Program for Cardiac Surgery Patients
2016James D.O’Leary, MBBCh MD MMED FCARSCIAssistant Professor, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of TorontoToronto, CanadaAdvanced Health Leadership ProgramRotman School of Management, University of Toronto
2015Andrew L Wilkey, MDNorthwest Anesthesia, P.A.Minneapolis, MNImproving Blood Product Utilization in the Cardiac Operating Theater: Thromboelastometry-Guided, Evidence Based Best Practice Guideline for Coagulation Management in Cardiac Surgery
2014Tjorvi Perry, MDNorthwest AnasthesiaImproving Operational Efficiency and Clinical Utilization in the Cardiac Surgical and Procedure Areas: Mapping Intervals of Care During a Patients’ Care Cycle!
2014Amanda Rhee, MDThe Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiThe Harvard School of Public Health’s Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers Course
2014Bryan Maxwell, MD, MPHJohns Hopkins UniversityDevelopment of a Perioperative Consult Service for Adult Congenital Heart Disease at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and Across the Mid‐Atlantic Region
2013Kelly Ural, MDOchsner Clinical FoundationDevelopment of an Echocardiography Elective Rotation for the Ochsner residency program and Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship Program Director Track
2012Sasha K. Shillcutt, MD, FASEAssociate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical CenterThe Development of a Multi-Specialty Perioperative Echocardiography Service at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
2012Dalia A. Banks, MDClinical Director, Department of Anesthesia, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center UCDSLeadership Coaching Workshop