Award Opportunity

The Kaplan Leadership Development Award is sponsored by the SCA Endowment for SCA members. The mission of this award is to assist cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesiologists in their careers by granting funding to further their focus on leadership opportunities and development through course work and leadership specific studies.

This is a $10,000 award: The Kaplan Leadership Award will be adjusted accordingly to offer an aggregate of $5,000 to either one recipient or divided among two.

  • $5,000/$2,500 from the SCA Endowment, with a $5,000/$2,500 match from the applicant’s institution to fund a leadership-focused education strategy.

Applications for the 2025 Kaplan Leadership Development Award will be accepted in the fall. Please check back for details.


Year Awardee Title and Institution Leadership Development Opportunity
2024 Sarah Cotter, MD Assistant Professor, Duke University Medical Center Developing an Evidence-based Perioperative Curriculum for Cardiac Residents
2024 Ashley P. Oliver, MD, MA Clinical Instructor, The Regent of the University of California, Los Angeles Stanford Physicians Leadership Training Certificate
2023 Sergey Karamnov, MD Assistant Professor, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School Brigham Leadership Program
2022 Sheela Pai Cole, MD, FASE, FASA Clinical Professor, Stanford University Stanford LEAD Program
2022 Stephanie Ibekwe, MD, MPH, MS Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine University of Texas at Dallas Executive MBA – Healthcare Organizational Leadership
2021 Karsten Bartels, MD, PhD Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center Harvard Leadership Development Course for Physicians in Academic Health Centers
2020 Lisa Rong, MD Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian Executive Leadership Coaching Program for Research Leaders
2019 Ruma Bose, MD Adult Cardiovascular Anesthesia Program Director, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Structural Heart Disease Curriculum for Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship
2019 Danny Muehlschlegel, MD MMSc Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School MIT Sloan Executive MBA
2018 Anne Cherry, MD Assistant Professor, Duke University School of Medicine Development for Leadership of Anesthesiology Fellowship Research Program
2018 Michael Grant, MD Assistant Professor, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Design and Implementation of an Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery (ERACS) Program
2017 Rebecca M.Gerlach, MD FRCPC Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care; Director, Anesthesia Perioperative Medicine ClinicUniversity of ChicagoChicago, IL Development of Preoperative Anemia Treatment Program for Cardiac Surgery Patients
2016 James D.O’Leary, MBBCh MD MMED FCARSCI Assistant Professor, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of TorontoToronto, Canada Advanced Health Leadership ProgramRotman School of Management, University of Toronto
2015 Andrew L Wilkey, MD Northwest Anesthesia, P.A.Minneapolis, MN Improving Blood Product Utilization in the Cardiac Operating Theater: Thromboelastometry-Guided, Evidence Based Best Practice Guideline for Coagulation Management in Cardiac Surgery
2014 Tjorvi Perry, MD Northwest Anesthesia Improving Operational Efficiency and Clinical Utilization in the Cardiac Surgical and Procedure Areas: Mapping Intervals of Care During a Patients’ Care Cycle!
2014 Amanda Rhee, MD The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai The Harvard School of Public Health’s Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers Course
2014 Bryan Maxwell, MD, MPH Johns Hopkins University Development of a Perioperative Consult Service for Adult Congenital Heart Disease at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and Across the Mid‐Atlantic Region
2013 Kelly Ural, MD Ochsner Clinical Foundation Development of an Echocardiography Elective Rotation for the Ochsner residency program and Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship Program Director Track
2012 Sasha K. Shillcutt, MD, FASE Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center The Development of a Multi-Specialty Perioperative Echocardiography Service at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
2012 Dalia A. Banks, MD Clinical Director for the Department of Anesthesia, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center UCSD Leadership Coaching Workshop