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Deadline: Monday, December 7, 2020, 5:00 PM CT

This award is designed to motivate physicians early in their training to pursue their interest in research that investigates topics in cardiac, thoracic, and vascular anesthesia and disease. Eligible abstracts submitted for consideration to the Scientific Program will be considered for one of five $1,000 travel grant awards.

Important Information

  • Instructions for the Early Career Investigator Award can be found here.
  • Applicants must first submit an abstract to the Scientific Program Call for Abstracts by November 25, 2020, 5:00 PM CT.
  • After the abstract has been submitted, the senior mentor must submit a letter to by December 7, 2020, 5:00 PM CT.

Eligibility Requirements

1. Submitting abstract author must:

  • Be enrolled in an Anesthesiology Residency or Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship program, or have completed such training in the previous 12 months prior to the SCA Annual Meeting
  • Be an SCA member
  • Have performed the majority of the research

2. The abstract must be submitted to the Annual Meeting’s Scientific Program abstract call. Abstracts submitted to any other call will not be considered

3. Joint first author abstracts are not eligible for consideration

4. The research must be an original, scientifically sound, hypothesis-driven exploration

5. The abstract must be unpublished in manuscript form

  • The abstract may be simultaneously submitted for publication, but it must be under publication embargo (online or print) until after the SCA Annual Meeting

6. A senior mentor must assume responsibility for the research


2020 Early Career Investigator Award Recipients
Awardee Institution Abstract Title
Rachel Diehl, MD MPH Cleveland Clinic Foundation,
Cleveland, Ohio
Institution of a Methadone Ketamine to Protocol Decrease Total Opioid Consumption
Zachary T. Henderson, MD Columbia University Medical Center,
New York, New York
Elucidating the Role of the Natural Product, Ginkgolide B, on GABA-A Antagonism in Resistance Artery Smooth Muscle Using a Rat Model
Eric R. Simon, MD Stanford University,
Stanford, California
Investigation of Serum Lidocaine Levels In Patients With Erector Spinae Plane Catheters Undergoing Cardiac Surgery
Harikesh Subramanian, MBBS University of Pittsburgh,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ex-vivo Study of Antibiotic Sequestration by Modern Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenators
Nicole S. Yin, MD University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California Right Ventricular Failure is Associated with Endothelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition Mediated via Transcription Factor Snail in Pre-clinical and Clinical Pulmonary Hypertension
2019 Early Career Investigator Award Recipients
Awardee Institution Abstract Title
Andaleeb Ahmed, MD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Masschusetts Impact of left ventricular outflow tract flow Acceleration on Aortic Valve Area Calculation in patients with aortic stenosis
Kiran Belani, MD Duke University Medical Center,
Durham, North Carolina
Tricuspid Regurgitation after Orthotopic Heart Transplantation: Trajectories and Association with Mortality
Ethan Brovman, MD Brigham and Women’s Hospital,
Boston, Massachusetts
Risk Factors for Post-operative Reintubation After Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: A Bi-institutional Study
Igor Feinstein, MD Stanford University, Stanford, California Investigating Cognitive Decline after Cardiac Surgery: A Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Approach
Vikram Fielding-Singh, MD University of California, Los Angeles,
Los Angeles, California
A Population-Based Analysis of Intraoperative Cardiac Arrest in the United States
2018 Early Career Investigator Award Recipients
Awardee Institution Abstract Title
Nathan Clendenen, MD University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado Metabolomics of Blood Product Transfusion in a Prospective Observational Cohort of Patients Undergoing High Risk Cardiac Surgery
Sarah Cotter, MD Duke University Medical Center,
Durham, North Carolina
Influence of Perioperative Antibiotic Use on Postoperative Cognition
Reney Henderson Jr., MD University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland High-volume Intraoperative Autologous Blood Collection (ABC) Reduces Postoperative Bleeding and Transfusion
Marta Kelava, MD Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio Does Plasma Volume Replacement with 5% Human Albumin reduce Postoperative Endothelial and Glycocalyceal Disruption, compared with 6% Hydroxyethylstarch 130/0.4?
Heather Lander, MD Brigham and Women’s Hospital,
Boston, Massachusetts
Enhanced Preoperative Prediction of Discharge Location with Combination of Patient-Driven FRAIL Screen and Preoperative Score