Lawrence H. Cohn Clinical
Scholar Program 
An “Honoring Our Mentors” Fellowship Program

Fellowship Goal and Overview

The Lawrence H. Cohn Clinical Scholar Program is targeted towards cardiac surgeons from around the world who would like to pursue additional training in valvular surgery or care and have secured a surgical position at an institution. Prospective applicants are required to identify a host institution for valvular training outside of their current institution and will also be asked to incorporate a community service component into their proposal, focusing on the needs of underserved communities. All community service projects must be completed within one year after the fellowship. Proposals could include: volunteering at a heart valve clinic, going on a mission trip to treat underserved patients with valvular heart disease, or developing educational and reading materials related to valve disease in a native language to provide to underserved communities.

The program is administered by the AATS Foundation and provides an award of $10,000 to help underwrite the host institution’s cost of the program training. Additionally, recipients will be required to attend the AATS 99th Annual Meeting in Toronto, ON, Canada from May 4-7, 2019.  Recipients will receive complimentary registration at the skills and post graduate courses on Saturday or Sunday of the meeting. Successful awardees will also be required to summarize their experience in a brief presentation at the AATS Foundation Awards Reception.


To be eligible for an award, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for consideration:

  • Current Status: A candidate shall have completed his/her formal training in cardiac surgery. Must have secured an academic or hospital appointment.
  • Language Requirement: Fluency in English is mandatory.
  • Travel Requirement: Candidate must meet all necessary criteria (license, visa, etc…) for travel to and from host training site.

Application Process

The deadline to submit an application for the Clinical Scholar Program is December 1st.
In addition to a formal online application, candidates will also be required to upload the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of support from current surgical chief at home institution and department chair/division chief of institution.
  • Letter of support from the chief at the host training institution candidate proposes to visit.
  • One to two page narrative to include: (1) what applicant hopes to accomplish during stay at the host institution; (2) how he/she will utilize the skills learned at their home institution; (3) relationship of the planned study to the applicant’s prior experience, preparation and professional goals; and, (4) statement of future career goals.
  • One to two page proposal outlining how candidate plans to give back to an underserved community within one year after training at host institution. . This community service component is important to help awardees better understand the needs of underserved patients and inspire continued philanthropy. 

Review Process / Award Funding
AATS Foundation’s Review Committee will review all application and notify candidates of final decision within 45 days of the award deadline. Applications will be graded on all aspects of the award criteria.

  • Clinical scholars will be awarded $10,000 to help underwrite the host institution’s cost of the program training. Funding is not to be used for salary support, but can be used towards travel to the host site as well as the AATS Annual Meeting, lodging, and the community service project.
  • Awardees will be required to submit a final report that will include a summary of their experience and details regarding the community service component, including the number of patients and physicians impacted in underserved areas, within six months of the completion of the program. 
  • Awardees will also be required to summarize their experience in a brief presentation at the AATS Foundation Awards Reception.


This award deadline has passed. Look for the next application cycle in the Fall of 2018.