AATS Centennial

C. Walton Lillehei Resident Forum

Through a generous unrestricted educational grant from St. Jude Medical, Inc., this Forum recognizes the extraordinary contributions to our specialty by a great innovator in congenital and vascular disease. Selected by the Cardiothoracic Residents Committee, the recipient receives a $5,000 award.


   Past Winners

2016 Rachel D. Vanderlaan, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Mechanistic Insights into the Pathophysiology of Pulmonary Vein Stenosis
2015
Jeffrey E. Cohen, Stanford, CA
Creation of a Novel Endosymbiotic System for Photon Powered Myocardium in the Ischemic Heart
2014
Olugbenga T. Okusanya, Philadelphia, PA
Fluorescent Intraoperative Imaging Can Identify Positive Surgical Margins
2013
Jeevan Nagendran, Edmonton, Canada
Functional Recovery Following a Brief Period of Ischemia is Enhanced in Hearts from Inducible Cardiomyocyte-Specific CD36 Deficient Mice
2012
Jessica A. Yu, Aurora, CO
Knockdown of Secretory Phospholipase A2 Reduces Lung Cancer Growth In Vitro and In Vivo
2011
Damien J. LaPar, Charlottesville, VA
Pretreatment Strategy with Adenosine A2A Receptor Agonist Attenuates Reperfusion Injury in a Preclinical Porcine Lung Transplantation Model
2010
Bobby Yanagawa, Toronto, ON, Canada
BRCA1 is a Novel Regulator of Cardiac Function via Altering Myocardial Substrate Utilization and Mitochondrial Bioenergetics
2009
J. Raymond Fitzpatrick, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Tissue Engineered Pro-Angiogenic Fibroblast Matrix Improves Myocardial Perfusion and Function and Limits Ventricular Remodeling Following Infarction
2008
Turner C. Lisle, University of Virginia
Inflammatory Lung Injury After Cardiopulmonary Bypass is Attenuated by Adenosine A2A Receptor Activation
2007
Leo M. Gazoni, University of Virginia
Timing is everything. Pretreatment of donor lungs with the adenosine 2A receptor agonist ATL-313 results in superior protection from lung ischemia reperfusion injury versus administration during reperfusion
2006
Amir M. Sheikh, Durham, NC
Proteomics of Brain Injury in a Neonatal Model of Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest

Jae Y. Kim, San Francisco, CA
Wnt Inhibitory Factor Inhibits Lung Cancer Cell Growth
2005
Paul W. M. Fedak, Toronto, ON, Canada
Cell Transplantation Preserves Matrix Homeostasis: A Novel Paracrine Mechanism
2004
Filiberto Rodriguez, Palo Alto, CA
Alterations of Transmural Strains in the Ischemic Border Zone During Acute Mid-Circumflex Occlusion

Mark F. Berry, Philadelphia, PA
Targeted Overexpression of Leukemia Inhibitory Factor Preserves Myocardium in Postinfarction Heart Failure
2003 Sunil Singhal, Philadelphia, PA
Preoperative Viral Gene Transfer Of Interferon-beta Prevents Recurrence And Improves Survival In Advanced Thoracic Malignancies
2002
Subhasis Chatterjee, Philadelphia, PA
Viral Gene Transfer of the Anti-apoptotic Factor ARC Protects Against Post Ischemic Heart Failure
2001
Tomasz A. Timek, Palo Alto, CA
Septal-Lateral Annular Cinching Abolishes Acute Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation in Sheep
2000
Allan S. Stewart, Philadelphia, PA
Gene Transfer of Bcl-2 Does Not Affect Myocardial Stunning But Ameliorates the Deleterious Effects of Chronic Remodeling
1999
Andrew I. Campbell, Toronto, ON, Canada
Angiogenic Therapy with Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Reverses Pulmonary Hypertension
1998
Stephen D. Cassivi, Toronto, ON, Canada
Transgene Expression Following Adenoviral-Mediated Retransfection of Rat Lungs is Increased and Prolonged by Transplantation-Level Immunosuppression