Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists

SCA Research Grants

SCA supports cardiothoracic and vascular research projects. This is the basis for the creation of the SCA Starter Grant, SCA Diversity and Inclusion Grant, SCA Mid-Career Grant, and the In-Training Grant.

Grants Information

Four types of grants will be awarded in 2024 to SCA members ONLY:

  • SCA Starter Grant– up to $25,000 per year for two
  • SCA Diversity and Inclusion Grant– up to $25,000 per year for two years.
  • SCA Mid-Career Grant– up to $50,000 per year for two
  • SCA In-Training Grant– $15,000 for one year.

The Starter Grant and the Diversity and Inclusion Grant request the same application information and formatting. At the time of application, the PI should identify if they are eligible for, and wish to be considered for, both the Diversity and Inclusion Grant and the Starter Grant or for one or the other only. Please use the research grant title page to identify which grant or both.

The awards will be announced during the 2024 SCA Annual Meeting & Workshops in Toronto, Canada. The grant period of 24 months can begin any time from July 1 to December 31 of the year granted. Grant recipients are required to present their work at a subsequent SCA Annual Meeting.

Application submission period will close on January 24, 2024.

Click Here for the 2024 SCA Research Grants requirements and instructions.

Click Here for the Research Grants Checklist.

Click Here for the Research Grants Title Page. (Please submit with your application).

The SCA is committed to promoting the representation of women and underrepresented minority investigators. Diversity is vitally important to advance scientific discovery. Starting with this year’s funding cycle, the SCA is especially encouraging individuals from all racial, ethnic or gender groups to apply.


2023 Research Grant Winners
Type of GrantAwardeeTitle and InstitutionResearch Study Title
Mid-CareerLee Goeddel, MD, MPHAssistant Professor
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
Hemodynamic Profiles of Cardiovascular Dysfunction and Risk of Cardiac Surgery Associated Kidney Injury in Patients with Preserved Ejection Fraction
Starter/DiversityTerri Sun, MDClinical Assistant Professor
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada
Bilateral Paravertebral Blockade for Improvement of Quality of Recovery Following Cardiac Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Starter/DiversityTiffany Williams, MD, PhDAssistant Professor
University of California – UCLA
Los Angeles, CA
Machine Learning of Physiological Waveforms and Electronic Health Record Data: Towards Predicting Hemodynamic Instability in Adult Congenital Heart Disease Surgical Patients
In-TrainingLuai Zakaria, MDCleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH
Morbidity and Mortality after High-Dose Hydroxocobalamin for Refractory Vasoplegia: A Retrospective Propensity Score Analysis of Safety and Efficacy


2022 Research Grant Winners
Type of GrantAwardeeTitle and InstitutionResearch Study Title
SCA/IARS Mid-CareerYafen Liang, MDAssociate Professor
McGovern Medical School, UT Health Science Center
Houston, TX
Prevention of Post-Cardiac Surgery Acute Kidney Injury by Proton Pump Inhibitor: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial
SCA/IARS StarterMeghan Prin, MD, MSAssistant Professor
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Denver, CO
Circadian Movements and Delirium in Older Cardiac Surgery ICU Patients
SCA/IARS Diversty & InclusionKofi Vandyck, MDAssistant Professor
University of Oklahoma Health Science
Oklahoma City, OK
Optimization of Platelet function Testing In Cardiopulmonary bypass (OPTIC): A Comparison Between Thrombelastography-Platelet Mapping and Total Thrombus-formation Analysis System (T-TAS)


2021 Research Grant Winners
Type of GrantAwardeeTitle and InstitutionResearch Study Title
SCA/IARS Mid-CareerAlina Nicoara, MDAssociate Professor
Duke University
Durham, NC
Right Ventricle Adaptive Changes in Patients Undergoing Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation
SCA/IARS StarterSergey Karamnov, MDInstructor
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA
Combined Clinical-Epidemiological Risk Score for Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation after Cardiac Surgery: A Multi-Institutional Study
SCA/IARS Diversty & InclusionElena Ashikhmina, MD, PhDAssistant Professor
Mayo Medical Center
Rochester, MN
Activated Prothrombin Complex Concentrate FEIBA to Optimize Postcardiopulmonary Bypass Hemostasis in Pediatric Cardiac Patients
SCA MiCoRMarta Kelava, MD, MSClinical Assistant Professor CCLCM/CWRU
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH
The Effect of Continuous Low Tidal Volume Ventilation and Hyperoxia Avoidance During Cardiopulmonary Bypass


2020 Research Grant Winners
Type of GrantAwardeeTitle and InstitutionResearch Study Title
SCA/IARS Mid-CareerMichael Mazzeffi, MDAssociate Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland
Von Willebrand Factor Concentrate for Treatment of Acquired Von Willebrand Syndrome During ECMO: An in vitro Dose Finding and Efficacy Study
SCA/IARS StarterMatthew Barajas, MDAssistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee
Altered Efficacy of Ischemic Post Conditioning after Cardiac Arrest in a Diabetic Rat Model
SCA/IARS StarterIsaac Wu, MDAssistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
New York, New York
Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair and Right Ventricular Function: Analysis Based Upon Intraoperative Pressure-Volume Relationships


2019 Research Grant Winners
Type of GrantAwardeeTitle and InstitutionResearch Study Title
SCA/IARS Mid-CareerJessica Brodt, MDClinical Assistant Professor, Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Stanford, CAEnhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery with Erector Spinae Plane Catheters: A Prospective, Randomized, Placebo Controlled Trial
SCA/IARS StarterNathan Clendenen, MDAssistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, COHemostasis After Cardiac Surgery and the Effect of Whole Blood Transfusion


2018 Research Grant Winners
Type of GrantAwardeeTitle and InstitutionResearch Study Title
SCA/IARS Mid-CareerJochen Steppan, MD DESAAssistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MarylandThe Role of LOXL2 in Pulmonary Hypertension
SCA/IARS StarterErik Strauss, MDAssistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine,
College Park, Maryland
Assessment of Tranexamic acid and e-Aminocaproic acid Pharmacokinetics and therapeutic Effectiveness during cardiopulmonary bypass (TAPE)


2017 Research Grant Winners
Type of GrantAwardeeTitle and InstitutionResearch Study Title
SCA/IARS Mid-CareerViachaslau Barodka, MDAssistant Professor
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Prevention of Cardiac Surgery Associated Acute Kidney Injusry by a Goal-Directed Perfusion Protocol: Pilot Single Center Randomized Controlled Trial
SCA/IARS StarterEckhard Mauermann, MDResearch Fellow, Cardiac Anesthesia
University Hospital of Ghent, 
Ghent, Belgium
3D Echocardiography-Derived Pressure-Volume Loops for Assessing Right Ventricular Performance. A Feasibility Study With Broad Clinical Implications
SCA/IARS StarterLouis Saddic, MD PhDFellow
University of California,
Los Angeles, CA
Remote Genetic Remodeling of the Cardiac Nervous System Following Myocardial Ischemia and the Attenuation of These Changes With Spinal Cord Stimulation


2016 Research Grant Winners
Type of GrantAwardeeTitle and InstitutionResearch Study Title
SCA/SCAF RoizenSrdjan Jelacic, MDUniversity of Washington,
Seattle, WA
The Use of Routine Video Surveillance of the Entire Operating Room to Identify Specific Hazards and Analyze Sentinel Events from Cardiothoracic and Vascular Procedures
SCA/IARS StarterMichael A. Mazzeffi, MDUniversity of Maryland,
College Park, MD
Procoagulant and Anticoagulant Factor Levels, Thrombin Generation, and Bleeding During Venoarterial ECMO
SCA/IARS StarterMatthew A. Fischer, MDUniversity of California, Los Angeles,
Los Angeles, CA
Predicting Post-Operative Atrial Fibrillation Using a Multi-Locus Epigenomic Risk Metric
SCA/IARS StarterJan M. Dieleman, MD PhDUMC Utrecht
Utrecht, Netherlands
Genome wide DNA methylation profiles in patients with severe coronary artery disease and heart failure


2015 Research Grant Winners
Type of GrantAwardeeTitle and InstitutionResearch Study Title
SCA/IARS Mid-CareerElod Szabo, MD PhDResearch Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, CanadaInfluence of Exercise and Arrhythmia on the Development of Na-channel Related Cardiomyopathy
SCA/IARS StarterQuintin Quinones, MD PhDDuke UniversityDurham, NCInnate Immune Adaptations of Hibernation as a New Approach to Protection Against Acute Organ Injury
SCA/IARS StarterMatthew Levin, MDIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NYGenomics of Vasoplegia


2014 Research Grant Winners
Type of GrantAwardeeTitle and InstitutionResearch Study Title
SCA In-TrainingDomagoj MladinovMedical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WINovel Strategies in Advancing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: MicroRNAs, Small Molecules with Great Potential
SCA/IARS StarterKimberly Howard-Quijano, MDUniversity of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CAThe Role of Cardiospinal Reflexes in Modulation of Ventricular Arrhythmogenesis
SCA/IARS StarterBryan Maxwell, MDJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MDDevelopment of a Comprehensive Perioperative Registry of Noncardiac Surgery and Obstetric Care for Patients with Adult Congenital Heart Disease
SCA/SCAF RoizenKei TogashiUniversity of Washington,
Seattle, WA
Randomized Study of the Clinical Impact of Surgical Correction of Tricuspid Insufficiency in Implantable LVAD patients
SCA/IARS Mid-CareerDavid McIlroy, MDUniversity of Melbourne, Melbourne, AustraliaDoes varying the chloride content of intravenous fluid alter the risk of acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery?


2013 Research Grant Winners
Type of GrantAwardeeTitle and InstitutionResearch Study Title
SCA In-TrainingGeoffrey D. Lively, MDVirginia Commonwelath UniversityRichmond, VAA Clinical Pilot Study of Interactive Biomarkers in Coagulation, Inflammation and Endothelium with/ without Enhanced Anti-Oxidant Buffering Capacity utilizing High Dose Intravenous Vitamin C
SCA/IARS Mid-CareerNina Hauck-Weber, PhDUniversity of Amsterdam (AMC), Department of Anesthesiology,
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Secretion of Caveolin to the Bloodstream-a Role for Circulation Factors in Inducing Organ Protection by Helium – A Translational Approach
SCA/IARS StarterMichael W. Manning, MD PhDDuke University Medical Center; Department of Anesthesiology,
Durham, NC
Atrial Fibrillation following Cardiopulmonary Bypass:
The role of Angiotensin II
SCA/IARS StarterRobert H. Thiele, MDUniversity of Virginia School of Medicine; Departments of Anesthesiology and Biomedical Engineering, Charlottesville, VAComparison 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 Ischemia


2012 Research Grant Winners
Type of GrantAwardeeTitle and InstitutionResearch Study Title
SCA/SCAF RoizenSe-Chan KimUniversity of Bonn Dept of Anesthesiology,
Bonn, Germany
CpG Oligodeoxynucleotide Mediated Postconditioning and Immunomodulating Effect in Myocardial Ischemia and Reperfusion Injury
SCA/IARS Mid-CareerAmanda Fox, MDBrigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MAGenome-Wide Assessment of Genetic Associations with Heart Failure after Primary Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
SCA/IARS StarterTobias PiegelerDepartment of Anesthesiology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, ILAmide-linked Local Anesthetics as Src kinase inhibitors in Pulmonary Vascular Inflammation – A New Target for Old Drugs?
SCA/IARS StarterFriederike BehmenburgUniversity Hospital Duesseldorf, GermanyDoes Protection of the Aged Heart by Targeting Mitochondrial Large Conductance Ca2+-activated Potassium Channels Improve Long Term Hemodynamic Performance?


2011 Research Grant Winners
Type of GrantAwardeeTitle and InstitutionResearch Study Title
SCA/IARS StarterJayant Nick PratapCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center,  Cincinnati, OHRandomized Trial of Near-infrared Spectroscopy to Guide Intraoperative and Intensive Care Management During Children’s Heart Surgery
SCA/IARS StarterJan StumpnerUniversity of Wuerzburg, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Wuerzburg, GermanyThe Functional Role of Calcium/Calmodulin Kinase II in Ischemic and Anesthetic-induced Cardiac Protection
SCA/IARS Mid-CareerDiederik Van DijkUniversity Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands, Utrecht, NetherlandsThe Effect of Dexamethasone on Cognitive Decline after Cardiac Surgery


2010 Research Grant Winners
Type of GrantAwardeeTitle and InstitutionResearch Study Title
SCA/IARS StarterTimo Brandenburger, MDUniversity Hospital Duesseldorf, Germany, Duesseldorf, GermanyEffects of MicroRNA-1 Knockdown on IGF-1 and cMet Expression and Impact on Hypoxia-induced Cell Death in Rat Myoblast Cells H9c2
SCA/IARS StarterTetsuro Sakai, MD PhDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pittsburgh, PARole of Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloproteinase in Stem Cell Mediated Neuronal Protection In Vitro
SCA/IARS Mid-CareerGregory M.T. Hare, MD PhDSt. Michael’s Hospital,
Toronto, Canada
Determining the Hemoglobin Threshold for Hypoxic
SCA/SCAF RoizenJoern A. KarhausenDuke University Medical Center, Durham, NCThe Intestinal Injury in a Rat Model of Deep Hypothermic Cardiac Arrest: Critical Role of Mucosal Mast Cells for Barrier Function and Inflammation


2009 Research Grant Winners
Type of GrantAwardeeTitle and InstitutionResearch Study Title
SCA/IARS Mid-CareerQing Ma, MDDuke University Medical Center, Durham, NCPPAR Gamma as a Novel Therapeutic Target in Perioperative Cerebral Injury Following Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest
SCA/IARS StarterMartina Nowak-Machen, MDBrigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MACD39 Modulates NKT Cell-induced Oxygen Toxicity in the Lung
SCA/SCAF RoizenMatthias L. Riess, MD PhDMedical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WIFree Radicals and Mitochondrial Function: How does genetic predisposition affect cardioprotection by volatile anesthetics?
SCA/IARS StarterMark Lovich, MD PhDCaritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Boston, MAPericardial Inotropic Therapy: A new paradigm for studying heart contraction


2008 Research Grant Winners
Type of GrantAwardeeTitle and InstitutionResearch Study Title
SCA/IARS Mid-CareerMark A. Gerhardt, MD PhDThe Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OHCytoskeletal Alterations in a Porcine Model of Restrictive Ventricular Septal Defect
SCA/IARS StarterRagnar Huhn, MDUniversity of Amsterdam (AMC) Amsterdam, NetherlandsHelium-induced Cardioprotection in the Hypertensive Myocardium
SCA/IARS StarterJ. Danny Muehlschlegel, MDHarvard Medical School, Cambridge, MAFunctional analysis of Protease Activated Receptor-4 Polymorphisms associated with Myocardial Injury
SCA/IARS StarterZhengyuan Xia, MD PhDUniversity of Hong KongPok Fu Lam, Hong KongNitrate Tolerance Compromises Propofol Protection Of The Endothelium Against Inflammation: The Role Of PKC-ß2 And NADPH Oxidase Interaction