Sponsored by Edwards Lifesciences Foundation

Every Heartbeat Matters’ Travel Awards 
for the AATS International Cardiovascular Symposium 
in São Paulo, Brazil


Physicians are eligible for a $1,000 travel award to the 2017 AATS International Cardiovascular Symposium  in São Paulo, Brazil. 

Travel awards for the two-day conference is part of the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation’s Every Heartbeat Matters initiative aimed at impacting the global burden of heart valve disease by 2020 — reaching one million underserved people through education, screening and treatment. Underserved people are defined as those who have a health disparity as defined by the CDC* and lack awareness of, or access to, medically appropriate heart valve-related healthcare.

To apply for a travel award, physicians must fill out the application request form and provide information on the role they currently play in serving underserved individuals, as well as how the symposium will assist them in expanding their patient base. Successful applicants will be reimbursed up to $1,000 after the conclusion of the symposium to assist with airfare and hotel accommodations. If you can not accept a US check, a wiring fee will be deducted from your award to transfer the funds to your account. 

Symposium Program Overview

Cardiologists and surgeons at all levels can advance their clinical knowledge in heart valve disease — aortic and ascending aorta, mitral, pulmonary and tricuspid.  For two days, the symposium will bring together international leaders to discuss state-of the-art information on devices, long-term results and surgical techniques with a focus on preventing, diagnosing and treating heart valve disease. Learn more about the Symposium by visiting the AATS website.

Review Process

The AATS Foundation’s Travel Award Committee will review and grade all applicants based on the specific award criteria, with an emphasis on the impact the award may have on treating the underserved population in the applicants’ home country.

Award Notification

Fellowship recipients will be notified by early September. 



Deadline: August 31, 2017 


*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines health disparity as a type of difference in health that is closely linked with social or economic disadvantage. Health disparities negatively affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater social or economic obstacles to health. These obstacles stem from characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion such as race or ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, mental health, sexual orientation, or geographic location. Other characteristics include cognitive, sensory, or physical disability.