CVSA Surgery & Anesthesiology Mentoring Award

Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia (CVSA)

To qualify for this Scientific Sessions 2024 award, you must meet the following deadlines:

  • May 31, 2024 – Deadline to have an active AHA membership with the sponsoring Council.
  • June 10, 2024, 6 p.m. CT – Deadline to apply for Scientific Sessions 2024 awards in the Council Awards System.

The Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia (CVSA) annually honors one of its members who has actively guided junior researchers to build future generations of cardiovascular scientists and surgeons. This award recognizes a senior scientist who has a record of providing exceptional support for scientists in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery, anesthesiology and other related fields individually and globally through mentoring and advocacy.

The honoree will be recognized at the CVSA Council Dinner at Scientific Sessions in November.

Award Recipients

  • 2023 Duke E. Cameron, MD
  • 2021 Linda Shore-Lesserson, MD, FAHA
  • 2019 Joseph Woo, MD, FAHA
  • 2017 Frank Sellke, MD, FAHA
  • 2015 Nancy Nussmeier, MD, FAHA
  • 2014 Lawrence H. Cohn, MD
  • 2013 Pedro Del Nido, MD
  • 2012 Robert Guyton, MD
  • 2011 L. Henry Edmunds, Jr., MD
  • 2010 Hartzell V. Schaff, MD
  • 2008 William A. Baumgartner, MD
  • 2007 William Pearce, MD
  • 2006 Shukri Khuri, MD
  • 2005 Timothy Gardner, MD
  • 2004 Sidney Levitsky, MD
  • 2003 Robert Thompson, MD
  • 2002 Richard D. Weisel, MD

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidate must be a member of the AHA Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia. Those needing to join the AHA should do so ASAP for the member account to be processed in time for the Application System to permit submission by the application deadline. Learn more about AHA Professional Membership.
  • Candidate must be a senior scientist (full faculty status of five years or more) in one or more of the fields represented by the council.
  • Candidate must be working actively to build the careers of scientists in training under his or her supervision.
  • Candidate must be nationally known in the fields represented by the council.
  • Candidate must have participated in activities that support the work and education of junior investigators in the science field.
  • Candidate must have made significant contributions to the role of junior investigators in the field.

Current members of the CVSA Leadership Committee and the CVSA Mentoring Committee are not eligible to apply for or be nominated for the award.

How to Apply or Submit a Nomination

The application file should contain the following documents in PDF format:

  • A letter of nomination or candidate statement (if self-nominating), drafted on electronic letterhead with a signature. The letter should outline and provide clear examples of how the candidate meets the criteria.
  • Curriculum vitae, including bibliography
  • List of mentees and current positions.
  • Up to three optional letters of support from mentees.

Visit the ProposalCentral Council Awards Applicant Instructions page to apply or submit a nomination or apply.

Once logged in, you may apply for the Scientific Sessions Career Achievement Awards in Mentoring and select the CVSA Surgery & Anesthesiology Mentoring Award from the award drop-down list.


  • Complimentary registration to Scientific Sessions
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to the CVSA Council Dinner
  • • An engraved plaque


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