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SVS Foundation Announces Awards, Grants

The SVS Foundation honored its 2020 grant recipients during the first SVS Annual Business Meeting, held virtually on Monday, June 15.

SVS Foundation and American College of Surgeons Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08)
Areck A. Ucuzian, MD, PhD
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Project: Mechanisms of aortopathy in LRP1 deficiency

Bridge Grant
BEST-CLI Investigators

  • Dr. Matthew Menard
    • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Dr. Alik Farber
    • Boston University Medical Center

E.J. Wylie Traveling Fellowship
Cassius Iyad Ochoa Chaar, MD, MS
Yale University School of Medicine
Project: Building a Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Outcomes Research Center (VESOReC) at Yale

Clinical Research Seed Grant
Mohammad Qadura MD, PhD
University of Toronto
Project: Combating Anti-platelet Resistance Through Personalized Medicine

Resident Research Award
Mitri K. Khoury, MD
General Surgery Resident, University of Texas, Southwestern (Graduate 2022)
T32 Vascular Research Fellow, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Project: Extracellular vesicles enhance deep vein thrombosis via receptor interacting protein kinase-3
Mentor: Bo Liu, PhD

Research Career Development Travel Award
John Byrne, MD
University of Toronto

Nathan Liang, MD
University of Pittsburgh

Mohammad Qadura MD, PhD
University of Toronto

Community Awareness and Prevention Project Grant
Kelly Kempe, MD
University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine
Project: Realizing Primary Care Barriers to Limb Salvage in Oklahoma

Vascular Research Initiatives Conference Trainee Awards
Derek Afflu, MD
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Mentor: Ryan McEnaney, MD                      
Project: Elastic Fibers of the Internal Elastic Lamina Are Unraveled But Not Created With Expanding Arterial Diameter In Arteriogenesis

Frank Davis, MD
University of Michigan Medical School
Mentor: Katherine Gallagher, MD
Project: Epigenetic Modifications Influence Macrophage-mediated Inflammation in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Katherine Hekman, MD, PhD
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Mentor: Jason Wertheim, MD
Project: Autophagy Remodels Mitochondria During Differentiation and Enhances Longevity Through Ulk1 Kinase
Signaling of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Endothelial Cells

Hallie Quiroz, MD
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Mentor: Omaida Velazquez, MD
Project: Downregulation of Inflammation and a Cascade of Pro-angiogenic Signals Mediate the Beneficial Effects of Gene-modified Stem Cell Therapy in Hindlimb Ischemia

Student Research Fellowship Awards
*Awarded an SVS General Surgery Resident/Medical Student VAM Travel Scholarship

Kamran Ali
University of Chicago
Sponsor: Ross Milner, MD
Project: Development of a mixed-mode ductile fracture cohesive zone model for use in evaluating aortic neck-endograft seal behavior

*Thomas Wen-Tao Cheng
Boston University School of Medicine
Sponsor: Jeffrey Siracuse, MD
Project: Analysis of presentation for dialysis and dialysis access outcomes in the immigrant and refugee population

*Melissa Marie D'Andrea
Loyola University Medical Center
Sponsor: Bernadette Aulivola, MD
Project: The impact of severity of WIFI scores at the time of presentation on healthcare disparities of limb salvage outcomes noted amongst racial groups of patients with Chronic Limb Threatening Ischemia

Natasha Ilyana Edman
University of Washington
Sponsor: Matthew Penn Sweet, MD
Project: Assessment of the causes for lower intervention rates among women with thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms

*Charles Hamilton
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School / Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Sponsor: William E. Beckerman, MD, RPVI
Project: 3D-Printing in Vascular Surgery for Physician Pre-Operative Planning, Resident Training, and Medical Student Exposure

Stephen Hayes
Eastern Virginia Medical School - Division of Vascular Surgery
Sponsor: Jean M. Panneton, MD
Anatomical factors in TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR): role of instructions for use

Louis Hinkle
Houston Methodist Research Institute
Sponsor: Maham Rahimi, MD, PhD
Project: Nanoparticle Delivery of a Hybrid NO Donor/ROS Scavenger for the Treatment of Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury

*Yiyuan David Hu
Harborview Medical Center
Sponsor: Benjamin Starnes, MD
Project: Understanding Secondary Intervention in Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Following Open Repair vs. EVAR

*Katherine Jane Jensen
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Long School of Medicine
Sponsor: Paula K Shireman, MD
Project: Role of Frailty, Ethnicity and Social Risk Factors With Postoperative Complications, Readmissions and Mortality Following Vascular Surgery Procedures

*Claire Motyl
University of Rochester
Sponsor: Adam Doyle, M.D.
Project: Impact of pleural catheter directed local anesthesia on pain and opioid requirements in patients undergoing first rib resection for thoracic outlet syndrome

Sascha Wodoslawsky
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Sponsor: Babak Abai, MD
Project: Impact of smoking on stent patency in iliofemoral occlusive disease