Brigid Scanlan

Women In Thoracic Surgery.

Traveling Mentorship Award

Women in Thoracic Surgery (WTS) and Scanlan International, Inc. are pleased to offer the WTS Brigid Scanlan Traveling Mentorship Award for a female medical student or general surgery resident to work with a WTS mentor to gain exposure to women cardiothoracic surgeon for enrichment and education.

For more information about the WTS Brigid Scanlan Traveling Mentorship Award Click HERE.

2022 Recipient

Naima Alver

Naima’s background has equipped her with passion and determination…qualities that have benefited her in a path to become a doctor.  She believes mentorship is the key to a solid foundation in learning and cultivating skills that lead to a successful career as a cardiothoracic surgeon. Her mentor is Dr. Amy Fiedler at Oregon Health and Science University.

2022 Recipient

Irina Kolesnik

Irina is a 3rd year medical student and her interest in cardiothoracic surgery has grown due to her mentors she has had along the way. Dr. Carpenter’s scope of practice is extensive and well known. In this once in a lifetime opportunity, Irina hopes to spend her days observing and participating in as many OR cases as possible, rounding in the ICU and discussing the treatment plans of all the patients.

She believes that this opportunity with Dr. Carpenter will not only further her love for CTS, but immensely influence her future in cardiothoracic surgery while allowing her to learn from one of the most inspiring female cardiac surgeons of our time.

2021 Recipient

Lise Tchouta

Lise is a general surgery resident at Columbia University where she completed her first 3 years of training. She has completed one year of ECMO research fellowship with Dr Robert Bartlett and one year of surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Michigan before returning to Columbia. Lise received her medical degree from Yale University in 2016. She is also an MPH candidate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr Betty Tong and Dr Brittany Zwischenberger at Duke University will be working with Lise.

2021 Recipient

Ghazal Aghagoli

Ghazal is a third year medical student at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is beyond thrilled to be learning more about the field of cardiothoracic surgery and she will be working with Dr. Leah Backhus at Stanford University.

2020 Recipient

Jackie Olive

Jackie is a first-year integrated cardiothoracic surgery resident at Duke University and recent graduate of Baylor College of Medicine (class of 2021). She will be working with Dr. Leah Backhus at Stanford University.

2019 Recipient

Dr. Rachel Lewis

We are proud to announce Dr. Rachel Lewis as the 2019 recipient of the WTS Brigid Scanlan Traveling Mentorship Award.

This award allows a student or general surgery resident to work with a Woman Cardiothoracic Surgeon to gain enrichment and education through mentorship.

Dr. Lewis is a third-year General Surgery Resident at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee (UTMCK), and she is currently completing a

one-year research fellowship in General Surgery at UTMCK.  She received a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas in 2016.

She will be working with Dr. Andrea J. Carpenter at the University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio.

2019 Recipient

Carolyn Dubeau

We are proud to announce Carolyn Dubeau as the 2019 recipient of the WTS Brigid Scanlan Traveling Mentorship Award.

This award allows a student or general surgery resident to work with a Woman Cardiothoracic Surgeon to gain enrichment and education through mentorship.

Carolyn Dubeau is a fourth year medical student at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University and an alumna of Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN.

She is interested in academic cardiothoracic surgery and the importance of mentorship in medicine. Carolyn will be working with Dr. Andrea J. Carpenter at the University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio.

2018 Recipient

Jessica Hudson

We are proud to announce Jessica Hudson as the 2018 recipient of the Scanlan / Women in Thoracic Surgery (WTS) Traveling Mentorship award. This award allows a student or general surgery resident to work with a Woman Cardiothoracic Surgeon to gain enrichment and education through mentorship.

Jessica is a General Surgery Resident at Washington University in St. Louis and will be working with Dr. Betty Tong at Duke University.

2018 Recipient

Stephanie Nguyen

We are proud to announce Stephanie Nguyen as the 2018 recipient of the WTS Brigid Scanlan Traveling Mentorship Award. This award allows a student or general surgery resident to work with a Woman Cardiothoracic Surgeon to gain enrichment and education through mentorship.

Stephanie is a Medical Student at McGovern Medical School / The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and will be working with Dr. Lauren Kane at the University of Rochester.

2017 Recipient

Rosalie Sterner

We are proud to announce Rosalie Sterner, Mayo Clinic, Medical Student as the 2017 recipient of the WTS Brigid Scanlan Traveling Mentorship Award. This award allows a student or general surgery resident to work with a Woman Cardiothoracic Surgeon to gain enrichment and education through mentorship.

Rosalie will be working with Jennifer Lawton, MD at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

2017 Recipient

Brittany Potz, MD

We are proud to announce Brittany Potz, MD –  Brown University School of Medicine, General Surgery Resident as the 2017 recipient of the WTS Brigid Scanlan Traveling Mentorship Award.

This award allows a student or general surgery resident to work with a Woman Cardiothoracic Surgeon to gain enrichment and education through mentorship.

Brittany will be working with Kristine Guleserian, MD at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL.

2016 Recipient

Kyla Joubert, MD

We are proud to announce Kyla Joubert, MD as the 2016 recipient of the WTS Brigid Scanlan Traveling Mentorship Award. This award allows a student or general surgery resident to work with a Woman Cardiothoracic Surgeon to gain enrichment and education through mentorship.

2016 Recipient

Robin Boyer

Robin is a medical student at Ross University interested in pursuing a career in congenital heart surgery. She will travel to UCSF Medical Center to visit WTS member Tara Karamlou, in September 2016.

2015 Recipient

Amanda Stram, MD

Dr. Amanda Stram was the 2015 resident award recipient. She traveled with Kathleen Fenton to Ukraine for her elective period.

2015 Recipient

Dr. Laura Seese

We are proud to announce Dr. Laura Seese as the 2015 recipient of the WTS Brigid Scanlan Traveling Mentorship Award. This award allowed Dr.Seese to travel to Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Managua, Nicaragua under the mentorship of Dr. Kathleen Fenton.

2014 Recipient

Meghan Halub, MD

The resident award recipient is Dr. Meghan Halub, and the medical student award recipient is Sarah Schubert. Meghan and Sarah will both travel to Washington University in St. Louis to be mentored by Dr. Jennifer Lawton.

2014 Recipient

Sarah Schubert

Sarah Schubert was the 2014 medical student recipient of the WTS Brigid Scanlan Traveling Mentorship Award. Sarah spent two weeks in St. Louis with Dr. Jennifer S. Lawton

2013 Recipient

Laura Trujillo

Laura Trujillo was the 2013 medical student recipient of the WTS Brigid Scanlan Traveling Mentorship Award. Laura spent two weeks in Boston with Dr. Yolonda Colson in February/March 2013.

2013 Recipient

Puja Kachroo, MD

Puja Kachroo, MD was the 2013 resident recipient of the WTS Brigid Scanlan Traveling Mentorship Award. Dr. Kachroo spent two weeks in Pittsburgh with WTS Member Mentor, Dr. Manisha Shende in May 2013.