The AATS Summer Intern Scholarship
Scanlan Family Scholars

The AATS Summer Intern Scholarship program was established to introduce the field of Cardiothoracic Surgery to first and second year medical students in a North American medical school and to broaden their educational experience by providing an opportunity to spend eight weeks during the summer working in a North American Cardiothoracic Surgery Department.

2018 Recipient

Iris Liu

Iris Liu attended Dartmouth College, where she majored in Biology and minored in Applied Ethics. At Dartmouth, she worked as an HHMI scholar to study cancer signaling pathways, and she continued to work in cancer research prior to starting medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). At UCSF, she has further developed her interests in translational oncology and thoracic surgery and is an intern at UCSF this summer under the mentorship of Drs. Johannes Kratz and David Jablons.

2018 Recipient

Kiah Williams

Kiah Williams is originally from Evergreen, Colorado and earned her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Dartmouth College in 2015. Kiah then worked as a consultant at ClearView Healthcare Partners in Boston for two years before joining the Stanford community. Kiah is now an upcoming second year medical student at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she is exploring an interest in cardiac surgery by working in Dr. Joseph Woo’s laboratory and routinely shadowing multiple cardiac surgeons. In the research setting, Kiah is continuing her lab’s investigation of how certain cyanobacteria may support the survival of cardiomyocytes. Kiah has been passionate about pursuing a career in medicine since childhood and is excited to continue working toward this ambition with the generous support of the AATS/Scanlan Family Summer Intern Scholarship. In addition to her research, Kiah enjoys serving as a Wellness Representative for her class, providing educational tea tastings for her peers as founder of the CommuniTea! initiative, leading the Cardiovascular Interest Group, and working as a teaching assistant for cardiac surgery skills and high school anatomy classes.

2017 Recipient

Benjamin Smood

Attended the University of Oregon studying biology, political science, Spanish and chemistry. He taught 7th grade Science for two years before attending medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Benjamin is an intern this summer at Children’s Hospital of Alabama under the mentorship of Dr. James Kirklin.

2017 Recipient

Nicole Westergaard

Studied Health Policy and received an MPH prior to entering medical school at the Carver College of Medicine. Nicole’s academic pursuits are balanced between Cardiothoracics and health policy. She is an intern this summer at University of Iowa under the mentorship of Dr. Joseph Turek.

The Scanlan Group is a unique combination of enterprising businesses dedicated to providing the highest quality products and services to the medical community. Designed to work independently and confidentially, each company is built on a wealth of knowledge gained from working with leading medical professionals since 1921.

Scanlan International, Inc.

Committed to the design and manufacture of the highest quality surgical instrumentation

Surgical Technologies, Inc.

Contractual support to medical device manufacturers

McLean Medical and Scientific, Inc.

McLean Medical and Scientific, Inc., specializes in providing the finest surgical instrumentation to customer’s exact specifications.

Scanlan Group B.V. 

Authorized European Representative Program and Regulatory Assistance