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Cardiothoracic Ethics Forum Scholarship


Susan Moffat-Bruce, MD, PhD, MBA, previous scholarship award recipient.

The Cardiothoracic Ethics Forum (the Forum), a joint entity of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), is responsible for ethics education in cardiothoracic surgery. Created in 2000, its membership now comprises the members of the STS Standards and Ethics Committee and the AATS Ethics Committee, and several at-large members.

The Forum has sponsored over 50 ethics sessions at CT surgery meetings and its members have published over 400 papers on ethics topics since 2000. The Forum has also engaged in a number of other activities, such as creating ethics-related questions for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery qualifying examination, SESATS, and the TSDA In-Training Examination, as well as developing CT surgery policies for adoption by AATS and STS.

The future leadership of the Forum and ethics education will fall to early and mid-career CT surgeons, many of whom harbor great interest in ethics, but lack experience in the field, as few surgeons have background and training in bioethics. To provide opportunities for intellectual development and preparation for leadership roles in CT ethics, the Forum offers scholarships in amounts up to $10,000 for interested CT surgeons or CT surgery trainees to obtain formal education and training in biomedical ethics through any of several programs offered by leading ethics centers in North America.

Scholarship holders are expected to participate in ethics-related activities of CT surgery organizations.

Scholarship Application Guidelines


Awards are made to CT surgeons or trainees who are interested in biomedical ethics and show promise of providing leadership for the continuing development and flourishing of ethics education for CT surgery. Candidates must hold membership in the STS or the AATS, be trainees in a CT training program, or be committed to CT surgery while in another surgery training program. An application must include

  • · a curriculum vitae or résumé that displays evidence of scholarly activity and leadership roles
  • · identification of a specific educational program that will advance the applicant’s ethics knowledge and skills in preparation for participation and leadership in CT ethics programs
  • · a budget that will cover the expenses associated with the identified program
  • · a proposed plan of study (no longer than 500 words) that clearly states the educational insights and benefits that the scholarship will provide for the applicant's professional career and for CT surgery as a specialty

John W. Entwistle, MD

Past recipients are expected to recruit similarly qualified applicants from among their colleagues. At the end of the scholarship period, recipients must submit a report on the outcome of their educational opportunities.

The deadline for applications for the 2021-2022 academic year (September 2021-September 2022) is December 1, 2021. (DEADLINE PASSED)

Questions regarding Ethics Forum Scholarships should be directed to Robert M. Sade, MD at

Partial Listing of Short-Duration Ethics Educational Programs:

Baylor College of Medicine
Center for Bioethics of Harvard University
Cleveland Clinic Clinical Ethics Immersion Program
Columbia University
Georgetown University
Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics
University of Chicago
University of Washington
Yale University

Previous Scholarship Award Recipients

Name (alphabetical) Home Institution

Award Year

Study Program
Oliver Chow, MD  Weill Cornell Medicine, Cardiothoracic Surger 2020 Georgetown University, Kennedy Institute of Ethics: Intensive Bioethics Course
Garrett Coyan, MD University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident, 2014-2020 2018 Bioethics Course (BIOETH 2664), University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law
Jennifer Ellis, MD, MBA MedStar Heart Institute
Washington Hospital Center
2014 Georgetown University Intensive Bioethics Course
John Entwistle, MD, PhD Jefferson University Hospital 2014

Georgetown University Intensive Bioethics Course

Kathleen Fenton, MD International Children's Heart; Foundation, Wm Novick Global Cardiac Alliance 2014 Albany University Masters in Bioethics Degree Program
Ali Hage, MD London Health Sciences Centre 2019 Cleveland Clinic Ethics Immersion Program
Fadi Hage, MD London Health Sciences Centre 2020 Bioethics Intensive Course at Baylor College of Medicine
Jason Han, MD Integrated Resident, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 2020 Master of Science of Medical Ethics (MSME) Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Meghan Elizabeth Halub, MD Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellow, 2018-2024 2018 Bioethics and Health Policy Course, Loyola University, Chicago, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Care Leadership
Leslie Kohman, MD Upstate Medical University, Syracuse 2015 Georgetown University Intensive Bioethics Course
Clauden Louis, MD University of Rochester 2019 Summer Institute in Bioethics at Yale
Jessica Luc, MD University of British  2019 Master’s Degree Healthcare Law 
John Mayer, MD Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard University 2017 Fellowship in Bioethics at the Center for Bioethics of Harvard University
Susan Moffat-Bruce, MD, PhD, MBA Ohio State University Medical Center 2016 Georgetown University Intensive Bioethics Course
Makoto Mori, MD Yale School of Medicine, CT Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, 2015-2021 2018 Yale University, Bioethics Summer Institute
Brandi Scully, MD Johns Hopkins Hospital 2019 Bioethics Intensive Course at Baylor College of Medicine
Kristen Sell-Dottin, MD University of Louisville 2017 University of Washington School of Medicine - Advanced Training in Healthcare Ethics
Richard Whyte, MD, MBA, MS (Hon) Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University 2016 Fellowship in Bioethics at the Center for Bioethics of Harvard University
Sean Wightman, MD  Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California 2019 Bioethics Intensive Course at Baylor College of Medicine