American Association for Thoracic Surgery
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The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) is an international association of cardiothoracic surgeons. It was founded in 1917 by the earliest pioneers in the field of thoracic surgery. Headquartered in Beverly, Massachusetts, it has over 1,200 members from 35 countries. To be considered for membership, a surgeon must have a proven record of distinction within the field and have made meritorious contributions to the knowledge of cardiothoracic disease and its surgical treatment.
The association publishes the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. It fosters the education of young cardiothoracic surgeons by providing scholarships and fellowships, and makes special awards to distinguished members.
Recipients of the association's Scientific Achievement Award include John W. Kirklin (1994), Norman E. Shumway (1998), Michael E. DeBakey (1999), Denton A. Cooley (2000), Alain F. Carpentier (2005), Gerald Buckberg (2007), and Andrew S. Wechsler (2008).
The association's papers are held at the National Library of Medicine.
AATS Graham Foundation has been fostering Careers and developing Leaders ̶ Since 1973. It has continually supported cardiothoracic surgeons worldwide in research and education. In this endeavour, AATS awards several scholarships and Fellowship awards.
Some of the notable awards include - AATS Research Scholarship Award, AATS Surgical Investigator, AATS Advanced Valve Disease Educational Fellowship, AATS Robotic Surgery Fellowship, AATS Thoracic Surgery Fellowship and AATS Graham Traveling Fellowship. 
Past Awardees of AATS Research Scholarship
EDWARD CHURCHILL RESEARCH SCHOLAR 1986-1988 Mark Ferguson
ALFRED BLALOCK RESEARCH SCHOLAR 1988-1990 Gus Vlahakes
JOHN H. GIBBON JR. RESEARCH SCHOLAR 1990-1992 Donald Glower
ALTON OCHSNER RESEARCH SCHOLAR 1992-1994 David Adams
ROBERT E. GROSS RESEARCH SCHOLAR 1994-1996 Mehmet Oz
ROBERT E. GROSS RESEARCH SCHOLAR 1994-1996 Thoralf Sundt, III
JOHN ALEXANDER RESEARCH SCHOLAR 1996-1998 Richard Pierson, III
ANDREW G. MORROW RESEARCH SCHOLAR 1997-1999 Stephen Yang
DWIGHT HARKEN RESEARCH SCHOLAR 1998-2000 Bruce Rosengard
2ND EDWARD CHURCHILL RESEARCH SCHOLAR 1999-2001 Joseph Shrager
2ND ALFRED BLALOCK RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2000-2002 Thomas Waddell Abbas Ardehali
2ND JOHN H. GIBBON JR., RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2001-2003 Carmelo Milano
2ND JOHN H. GIBBON JR., RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2001-2003 Richard Battafarano
2ND ALTON OCHSNER RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2002-2004 Michael Mulligan Yolonda Colson
2ND ROBERT E. GROSS RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2003-2005 Vivek Rao
2ND ROBERT E. GROSS RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2003-2005 Ross Bremner
2ND JOHN ALEXANDER RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2004-2006 King Kwong
2ND ANDREW MORROW RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2005-2007 Frederick Chen Marc de Perrot
JOHN W. KIRKLIN RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2006-2008 Daniel Kreisel Christine Lau
2ND DWIGHT HARKEN RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2007-2009 Shu Lin
NORMAN E. SHUMWAY RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2008-2010 Michael Fischbein Alexander Krupnick
3RD EDWARD CHURCHILL RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2009-2011 Prasad Adusumili William Yarbrough
3RD ALFRED BLALOCK RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2010-2012 Matthias Peltz
MICHAEL E. DEBAKEY RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2011-2013 Marcelo Cypel Frederick Tibayan
DAVID C. SABISTON RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2012-2014 Pavan Atluri
2ND JOHN W. KIRKLIN RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2013-2015 Min Kim
3RD JOHN H. GIBBON JR. RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2014-2016 Ankit Bharat Joseph Turek
3RD ALTON OCHSNER RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2015-2017 Jonathan Spicer Prashanth Vallabhajosyula
3RD ROBERT E. GROSS RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2016-2018 Matthew Taylor
3RD JOHN ALEXANDER RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2017-2019 Paul Tang
3RD ANDREW MORROW RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2018-2020 Matthew Bott
2ND NORMAN SHUMWAY RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2019-2021 Damien J. LaPar
DAVID J. SUGARBAKER RESEARCH SCHOLAR 2019-2021 Smita Sihag 
Past Awardees of AATS Advanced Valve Disease Educational Fellowship
Fazliddin Sobirov, MD Home Institution – Cardiac surgery center Republican Specialized Center of Surgery, Uzbekistan Host Mentor – Aubrey Galloway, MD Host Institution – New York University
Ganesh Kumar K Ammannaya, MD Home Institution – Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College & General Hospital, India Host Mentor – Aubrey Galloway, MD Host Institution – New York University
Qiuming Hu, MD Home Institution – Beijing Anzhen Hospital, China Host Mentor – David Adams, MD Host Institution – Mount-Sinai Medical Center
Martin Andreas, MD Home Institution– Medical University of Vienna, Austria Host Mentor– David Adams, MD Host Institution– Mount-Sinai Medical Center
Nestoras Papadopoulos, MD Home Institution– Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Hospital, Frankfurt, Germany Host Mentor– David Adams, MD Host Institution– Mount-Sinai Medical Center
Ioannis Toumpoulis, MD Home Institution– Attikon University Hospital Center, Greece Host Mentor– Joseph Sabik, MD Host Institution– Cleveland Clinic
Govind Chetty, MD Home Institution– University Hospital Of Wales, United Kingdom Host Mentor– John Conte, MD Host Institution– Johns Hopkins University
Andrea Colli, MD Home Institution– University of Padua, Italy Host Mentor– David Adams, MD Host Institution – Mount-Sinai Medical Center
Evaldas Girdauskas, MD Home Institution– Central Hospital Bad Berka, Germany Host Mentor– Joseph Sabik, MD Host Institution– Cleveland Clinic
Francisco Guzmán, MD Home Institution– Hospital Español De Mendoza, Argentina Host Mentor– Joseph Sabik, MD Host Institution– Cleveland Clinic
Paradorn Jetwanna, MD Home Institution– Suratthani Hospital, Thailand Host Mentor– David Adams, MD Host Institution– Mount-Sinai Medical Center
Vasily Kaleda, MD Home Institution– Kuban State Medical University, Russia Host Mentor– Aubrey Galloway, MD Host Institution– New York University 
Past Awardees - AATS Surgical Investigator
2018 AATS Surgical Investigator Award
Kiran Legisetty, MD University of Michigan "Impact of the Immune Microenvironment on Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Chemoradioresistance"
AATS Foundation Surgical Investigator Award
Jason Glotzbach, MD University of Utah "Defining Individualized Aortic Risk Using Familial Genetic Analysis"
Gabriel Loor, MD Baylor College of Medicine "EXCELLENCE: International Extracorporeal Life Support and Lung Transplantation Multicenter Registry"
Jonathan Yeung, MD University of Toronto "Exploiting Clonal Heterogeneity for the Genomic Study of Esophageal Adenocarcinoma"
Oz Lemole Surgical Investigator Award
Nathalie Roy, MD Boston Children's Hospital “Improving the Value of Surgical Care with an Enhanced Recovery Program in Congenital Heart Surgery”
2017 AATS Foundation Surgical Investigator Award
Muhammad Aftab, MD Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado "Augmentation of spinal cord “Pre-collateralization” to prevent paralplegia after aortic surgery"
Past President Surgical Investigator Award
Joseph Phillips, MD Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic and The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth "Pro-Inflammatory Regulatory T-Cells in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer"
Texas Medical Center Surgical Investigator Award
Vincent Chan, MD, University of Ottawa "Prospective Treatment Algorithm for the Surgical Correction of Severe Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation"
2016 AATS Foundation Surgical Investigator Award
Isaac George, MD New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia University “Cardiac and Skeletal Muscle Metabolic Failure in Diabetic Heart Disease: Role of MSTN/AMPK Signaling”
AATS Foundation Surgical Investigator Award
Alexander Iribarne, MD Dartmouth Medical School “Geographic variation in screening and frequency of re-interventions after thoracic aortic aneurysm repair among Medicare recipients in the United States”
Ethicon Surgical Investigator Award
Ravi Ghanta, MD The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia “Improving Stem Cell Engraftment by Optimization of the Mechanical Microenvironment in Ischemic Myocardium”
Intuitive Surgical Investigator Award
Michael Halkos, MD Emory University “Hybrid Coronary Revascularization Versus Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery For Patients With Multivessel Coronary Disease”
Oz Lemole Surgical Investigator Award
David Odell, MD Northwestern University; Feinberg School of Medicine “Development of a Novel Lung Cancer Quality Improvement Collaborative”
2015 AATS Foundation Surgical Investigator Award
Marcelo Cypel. MD, MSc University of Toronto “Immunoisolation of Lung Grafts Using Endothelial Nano-barrier During Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion”
Stephen H McKellar, MD, MSc University of Utah “Inhibition of fatty acid oxidation to prevent right ventricular failure and promote right ventricular recovery”
Neel R. Sodha, MD Alpert Medical School at Brown University “Molecular Mechanisms of Neurologic Injury after Cardiopulmonary Bypass”
2014 AATS Foundation Surgical Investigator Award
Felix Fernandez, MD Emory University "Pilot Study to Integrate Patient Reported Outcomes into the Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database"
Danielle Gottlieb, MD Columbia University "Transcriptional Profiling of Human Fetal Heart Valve Growth"
Mark Onaitis, MD Duke University "Drugging the K-Ras-Type II Cell Interaction in Lung Adenocarcinoma"
Brendon Stiles, MD Weill Cornell Medical College "Mechanistic effects of ART1-induced mono-ADP ribosylation on progression of non-small cell lung cancer"
Bo Yang, MD University of Michigan "Modeling vascular smooth muscle cell dysfunction by creating NOTCH1 mutation in human induced pleuripotent stem (iPS) cells" 
- AATS web site
- American Association for Thoracic Surgery Archives (1899-2002)—National Library of Medicine finding aid