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AWARDS

Distinguished Service Award

APSA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award is given in recognition of a lifetime commitment to, and wide-reaching impact on, the field of pediatric surgery. It has only been awarded a handful of times in the organization’s history.

The frequency of this award is determined by the Board.

Recipients

2020
No award was given in 2020

2019
Kathryn D. Anderson, MD

2017
David M. Powell, MD

2016
Patricia K. Donahoe, MD

2013
Jay L. Grosfeld, MD

2007
W. Hardy Hendren, MD

2004
Harvey E. Beardmore, MD
Lucian L. Leape, MD
Thomas M. Holder, MD
Marc I. Rowe, MD
Stephen L. Gans, MD

NEW in 2021! James F. Densler Award

The purpose of this award is to acknowledge an individual who has a consistent track record of promoting diversity, equity and inclusivity in pediatric surgery. This includes delivery of care to diverse populations, working in diverse teams and promoting diversity and inclusivity in the pediatric surgery professional community. Nominees should show dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and/or in programs dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged populations. Specifically, the applicants must be able to effectively describe how the nominee has demonstrated efforts/work that has addressed topics including (but not limited to) the following:

 

    • Implicit bias, creating diverse management teams, and changing workforce culture
    • Establishing diverse and inclusive mentorship teams
    • Thoughtfully promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace or community
    • Addressing the needs of underserved populations

Submit a Nomination
Deadline for applications is January 31, 2021

Note: applications must be completed within 24 hours of the start time, including uploading a CV and recommendation letter.  Incomplete applications are automatically wiped from the system after 24 hours and a new submission must be initiated.

Robert E. Gross Award for Excellence in Pediatric Research and Achievement

The APSA Robert E. Gross Award for Excellence in Pediatric Research and Achievement recognizes a seminal contribution by an individual who has made a major impact on pediatric surgery. His or her contributions have resulted in a major change in how pediatric surgeons manage a particular problem, and the results have been demonstrated to be durable with time and widely accepted by pediatric surgeons as “standard practice.” The Award was created by the APSA Board of Governors and is presented at their discretion.

Submit a Nomination
Deadline for applications is January 31, 2021

Note: applications must be completed within 24 hours of the start time, including uploading a recommendation letter.  Incomplete applications are automatically wiped from the system after 24 hours and a new submission must be initiated.

Recipients

2020
No award was given in 2020

2019
Donald Nuss, MD

2018
Alberto Peña, MD

2017
No award was given in 2017.

2016
Michael R. Harrison, MD

2015
Robert Bartlett, MD

​2014
Bradley M. Rodgers, MD

Humanitarian Award

The APSA Surgical Humanitarian Award recognizes an APSA member whose career has been dedicated to ensuring the provision of surgical care to underserved children without expectation of commensurate reimbursement. This award is intended for surgeons who have dedicated a significant portion of their surgical careers to humanitarian efforts either locally or globally, rather than routine surgical practice. Examples include a career dedicated to missionary surgery, the founding and ongoing operations of a charitable organization dedicated to providing surgical care to the underserved, or a retirement characterized by surgical volunteer outreach. Having received compensation for this work does not preclude a nominee from consideration and, in fact, may be expected based on the extent of the professional obligation. The frequency of this award will be determined by the Board based on the nominations submitted.

Submit a Nomination
Deadline for applications is January 31, 2021
Note: applications must be completed within 24 hours of the start time, including uploading a recommendation letter.  Incomplete applications are automatically wiped from the system after 24 hours and a new submission must be initiated.

Recipients

2020
Stephen W. Bickler, MD

2019
Donald E. Meier, MD

Travel Fellowship

The Travel Fellowship, supported by APSA and the APSA Foundation, is an annual award for young surgeons from low and low-middle income countries to attend and experience the educational and networking opportunities of the APSA Annual Meeting. Historically, fellowship includes travel to and attendance at the APSA Annual Meeting, a presentation to the APSA membership on his/her background, current practice and future goals, and an opportunity for an extended clinical observership in a US hospital.

Due to the cancellation of the in-person 2020 and 2021 annual meetings, we will not be accepting new applications for the Travel Fellowship until further notice.

Review the complete award guide.

Recipients

2021
George F. Ngock
Mbingo Baptist Hospital, Bamenda, Cameroon

Yousuf Aziz Khan
Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad, Pakistan

2020
Truc Nguyen
Children’s Hospital N02, HoChiMinh City, Vietnam

Justina Seyi-Olajide
Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria

2019
Santosh Mahalik
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, India

Tunde Sholadoye
Admadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Kaduna, Nigeria

2018
Sohail Dogar
Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

Oluwaseun Ladipo-Ajayi
University of Lagos College of Medicine, Lagos, Nigeria

2017
Martin Situma
Mbarara University of Science & Technology, Mbarara, Uganda

Sushil Dhungel
Western Regional Hospital, Pokhara, Nepal

2016
Christian País
Military Hospital-Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador

Esther Saguil
College of Medicine, University of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines

2015
Opeoluwa Adesanya, MBBS, FMCS (Nig.)
Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria

Tiyamike Chilunjika, MBBS
COSECSA, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi

2014
John Nyagetuba, MB, ChB
Bethany Kids at Kijabe Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya

Tran Quynh, MD, PhD
National Hospital of Pediatrics, Hanoi, Vietnam

​2013
Omolara Williams, MD
Lagos State University College of Medicine and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

Quality, Safety and Value in Surgery Award

The APSA Quality, Safety and Value in Surgery Award is given to the manuscript that best demonstrates quality improvement principles, patient safety initiatives and/or addresses the value proposition by demonstrating an improvement in outcomes while at the same time reducing cost or other measures of resource utilization. The quality of the manuscript and potential impact of the intervention for improving value outside of the author’s own institution will serve as the primary criteria for judging.

The award is given to the best manuscript based on an abstract presented at the APSA annual meeting. The manuscript is published in the APSA edition of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery or can be submitted to a journal of the author’s choosing. The recipient of the award receives a $500 prize and a framed certificate.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Abstracts presented at the annual meeting are eligible for award consideration, provided a manuscript is submitted via the regular APSA channels.
    Abstracts must provide data on both outcomes and resource utilization and demonstrate an improvement in healthcare value in one of the following three ways:
    • Improvement in outcomes and a concomitant reduction in resource utilization or cost. Outcomes can include condition/disease-specific measures (e.g. complications) and/or patient-centered measures (e.g. patient satisfaction, quality of life).
    • Improvement in outcomes without an increase in resource utilization or cost.
    • Reduction in resource utilization or cost without a detrimental effect on outcomes.
    • Improved patient safety through systematic improvement in care.
    • Utilization of quality improvement tools or techniques.
  • Eligible abstracts are identified by the APSA Surgical Quality & Safety Committee.
  • A manuscript supporting the abstract must be submitted for review for publication in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery or a journal of the author’s choosing by the stated deadline.
  • The recipient will contribute content to the APSA Quality and Safety toolkit.
  • Posters and video presentations are not eligible, unless specifically identified as award candidates by the APSA Surgical Quality & Safety Committee.

More detailed information regarding timelines and judging criteria for the award will be sent to authors following the initial review of eligible abstracts.

Award recipients are announced at the annual meeting.

Recipients

2020
Luis I. Ruffolo, MD
University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York
“Implementation of a Gastrostomy Care Bundle Reduces Early Dislodgements”

2019
Mark Kashtan, MD MPH
Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
“Implementation of a Plan-Do-Study-Act Framework to Reduce Unindicated Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis”

2018
Beatrix Hyemin Choi, MD
New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
“Simple Preoperative Radiation Safety Interventions Significantly Lower Radiation Doses During Central Venous Line Placement in Children”

2017
Andrew Nordin, MD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
“Effective Methods to Decrease Surgical Site Infections in Pediatric Gastrointestinal Surgery”

2016
Jamie R. Robinson, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
“Measuring The Value Of A Clinical Practice Guideline For Children With Perforated Appendicitis”

2015
No award was presented in 2015.

​2014
Kathy Schall, MD
Division of Pediatric Surgery, Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT
“A Dynamic Discharge Protocol Provides Efficient Care for Uncomplicated Appendicitis”

Jason W. Nielsen, MD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
“Reducing CT Scans for Appendicitis by Increasing the Diagnostic Accuracy of Ultrasonography”

Innovation Award

The Innovation Award is presented for the best abstract presented in the Innovation category. The award is open to any presentation author regardless of level of training of employment (i.e. attending staff are eligible). The winner receives a prize of $500 and a framed certificate.

In an effort to encourage and disseminate novel ideas, authors are encouraged to submit abstracts detailing new techniques, therapies, devices or processes of care that have the potential to improve the treatment of pediatric patients. Abstracts will be judged on the uniqueness and potential impact of the idea, as well as the quality of the presentation. Submissions designed to promote a particular product are discouraged, but will be considered based on individual circumstances.

Award recipients are announced at the annual meeting.

Recipients

2020
Alexander Y. Yang, BS
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
“A Novel Needle Driver to Facilitate Laparoscopic Intracorporeal Knot Tying”

2019
Gabriel Jose Ramos-Gonzalez, MD
Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
“A Novel Combined Cautery-Suction Device: The First Product of a Surgical Device Innovation Fellowship”

2018
Robert Cina, MD
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
“Expert Outpatient Burn Care in the Home Through Mobile Health Technology”

2017
Nhan T. Huynh, MD
Department of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
“Three-Dimensionally Printed Surface Features to Anchor Endoluminal Spring for Distraction Enterogenesis”

2016
Matthew A. Hornick, MD
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
“Toward Physiologic Extracorporeal Support Of The Premature Infant: Umbilical Cord Cannulation Provides Superior Oxygenator Flows, Oxygen Delivery And Hemodynamic Stability”

Edward Hannon, MBChB, MRCS
Institute of Child Health/University College London, London, United Kingdom
“Xenogeneic Decellularized Oesophageal Transplantation Is Achievable In A Large Animal Model”

2015
Maxime M. Mahe, PhD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
“Generation of Functional Intestine from Patient Derived Pluripotent Stem Cells”

2014
Shahab Shaffiey, MD
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
“Generation of an Artificial Intestine and Validation in Dogs: a Proof-of-Concept Study”

2013
Veronica F. Sullins, MD
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
“A Novel Biodegradable Device for Intestinal Lengthening”

2012
Sabina Siddiqui, MD
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
“Development of an Isolation Bed for Patients Undergoing MIBG Treatment for Neuroblastoma”

2011
Maridelle B. Millendez, MD
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC
“Evaluation of Intestinal Viability Using 3-CCD (Charge Coupled Device) in Children Undergoing Appendectomy”

M. Judah Folkman Memorial Awards

This award was created in honor of Dr. M. Judah Folkman and his legacy of leadership in our organization, the tremendous body of work he left behind and the way he selflessly shared his art of medicine with so many students and the art of healing with so many children and families.

The American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) and the Association of Pediatric Surgery Training Program Directors (APSTPD) are proud to present the M. Judah Folkman Memorial Award for outstanding research presentations given during the APSA Annual Meeting. Award recipients must be trainees currently enrolled in a surgical training program (residency or fellowship). Presentations are judged on scientific merit and actual presentations.

Two winners are selected for best podium presentations, one in basic science and one in clinical categories. Winners receive a prize in the amount of $1,000, a Folkman medallion and a framed certificate.

Award recipients are announced at the annual meeting.

Recipients

2020
Best Podium Presentation – Basic Science
Michelle P. Kallis, MD
Cohen Children’s Medical Center at Hofstra/Northwell, New York, New York
“Gefitinib Treatment Reverses Post-surgical Pro-metastatic Immune Changes and Improves Survival in a Mouse Model of Osteosarcoma”

2020
Best Podium Presentation – Clinical Science
Richard S. Whitlock, II, MD
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
“The Use of Real-time Indocyanine Green-guided Near-infrared Imaging During Partial Hepatectomy for the Treatment of Pediatric Liver Cancer”

2019
Best Podium Presentation – Basic Science
John S. Riley, MD MS
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
“Extending the ‘Window of Tolerance’: Regulatory T Cells Permit Late Gestation in Utero Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation”

2019
Best Podium Presentation – Clinical Science
Calista M. Harbaugh, MD
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
“Opioids are Overprescribed and Can be Eliminated For a Number of Children’s Operations”

2018
Best Podium Presentation – Basic Science
Caroline Maloney, MD
Hofstra Northwell Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Manhasset, NY
“Surgery Accelerates the Development of Pulmonary Metastases in a Mouse Model of Osteosarcoma and is Attenuated by Perioperative Treatment with Gefitinib”

2018
Best Podium Presentation – Clinical Science
Amy E. Lawrence, MD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
“The Relationship Between Operative Volume And Outcomes in Esophageal Atresia”

​2017
Best Podium Presentation – Basic Science
Patrick McGovern, MD
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
“Neuroprotection and Development in Extremely Premature Lambs Supported on the Extracorporeal Environment for Neonatal Development (Extend) Device”

2017
Best Podium Presentation – Clinical Science
Brenna Sullivan Fullerton, MD
Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
“Severe Neurodevelopmental Disability and Healthcare Needs Among Survivors of Medical and Surgical Necrotizing Enterocolitis – a Prospective Cohort Study”

2016
Best Podium Presentation – Basic Science
Megan Berger, MD
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
“Outcomes Of Total Pancreatectomy And Islet Autotransplantation In Young Children”

2016
Best Podium Presentation – Clinical Science
Simone Langness, MD
UC San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA
“Low D-Dimer Predicts The Absence Of Intracranial Hemorrhage In Pediatric Blunt Head Trauma”

2015
Best Podium Presentation – Basic Science
Baddr A. Shakhsheer, MD
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Chicago, IL
“Host and Bacterial Factors Cooperatively Disrupt Healing of Intestinal Anastomoses”

2015
Best Podium Presentation – Clinical Science
Barrett P. Cromeens, DO, PhD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
“Implementation of a Pediatric Surgical Quality Improvement (QI)-Directed M&M Conference”

2014
Best Podium Presentation – Basic Science
Connie H. Keung, MD
Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
“Propranolol as a Novel Therapy for Lymphatic Malformations”

2014
Best Podium Presentation – Clinical Science
Blair A. Wormer, MD
Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
“Home Intravenous Versus Oral Antibiotics Following Appendectomy for Perforated Appendicitis, a Randomized Controlled Trial”

2013
Best Podium Presentation – Basic Science
Eric Girard, MD
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford, CT
“Amniotic Fluid Stem Cells in a Bioengineered Scaffold: a New Frontier In Patient Specific Therapy for Premature Lung Disease”

2013
Best Podium Presentation – Clinical Science
Ryan P. Cauley, MD
Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
“Higher Costs Charges and Resource Utilization do not Affect Survival in Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia”

2012
Best Podium Presentation
Amar Nijagal, MD
“Fetal Intervention Triggers the Activation of Paternal Antigen-Specific Maternal T Cells”

2012
Best Poster Presentation
Eric J. Stanelle, MD
“Pediatric Synovial Sarcoma: Prognostic Factors, Management of Pulmonary Metastasis, and Survival Outcomes”

2011
Best Podium Presentation
Amar Nijagal, MD
“The Maternal Adaptive Immune Response Against Paternal Antigens Incites Fetal Demise After Fetal Intervention”

2011
Best Poster Presentation
Barrie Rich, MD
“Predictors of Survival in Childhood and Adolescent Cutaneous Melanoma”

2010
Best Podium Presentation
Mehul V. Raval, MD
“Pediatric ACS NSQIP: Feasibility of a Novel Prospective Assessment of Surgical Outcomes – a Phase I Report”

2010
Best Poster Presentation
Allison L. Speer, MD
“Tissue-Engineered Esophagus is a Versatile In Vivo Mouse Model with Intact Architecture”

2009
Best Podium Presentation
Eric Jelin, MD
“Effects of Notch4 On Lung Vascular Remodeling”

2009
Best Poster Presentation
Laura A. Boomer, MD
“Cholangiocyte Apoptosis During Lamprey Metamorphosis”

2008
Best Podium Presentation
Emily T. Durkin, MD
“The Ontongeny of Human Fetal NK Cell Allorecognition: A Potential Barrier to In Utero Transplantation”

2008
Best Poster Presentation
Henry L. Chang, MD
“In Vivo Metastatic/Invasion Assay to Identify Cancer Stem Cells and their Markers”

Posters of Distinction

Award recipients must be residents or fellows currently enrolled in a training program. Presentations are judged on scientific merit.

Two recipients are selected for outstanding posters: one in basic science and one in clinical. Posters are judged on scientific merit and visual presentation. Recipients receive a prize in the amount of $250 and a framed certificate.

Award recipients are announced at the annual meeting.

Recipients

2020 Poster of Distinction
Clinical Science
Christopher Pennell, MD
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Routine Upper Gastrointestinal Series Before Gastrostomy Tube Placement: Is It Necessary?”

2020 Poster of Distinction
Basic Science
Maame Efua S. Sampah, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
“Human Breast Milk Protects Against Necrotizing Enterocolitis Through Reduced TLR4 Expression in the Intestinal Epithelium in a “NEC in a Dish” Mouse Enteroid Model”

In 2019 APSA awarded Quick Shots of Distinction instead of Posters of Distinction.

2019 Quick Shot of Distinction
Clinical Science
Ruchi Amin, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
“Effects of Intraoperative Temperatures on Postoperative Infections in Infants”

2019 Quick Shot of Distinction
Basic Science
Jordan S. Taylor, MD
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
“Natural Excretion of Endoluminal Springs After Spring-Mediated Intestinal Lengthening”

2018
Clinical Science
Victoria K. Robson, BA
Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
“Non-operative Management of Extralobar Pulmonary Sequestrations: a Safe Alternative to Resection?”

2018
Basic Science
Clara T. Nicolas, MD
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
“Curing Disease Before Birth: In Utero Gene therapy For the Treatment of Hereditary Tyrosinemia Type 1 in A Small Animal Model”

2017
Clinical Science
Joseph Church, MD
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
“Avalon Catheters in Pediatric Patients Requiring ECMO: Placement and Migration Issues”

2017
Basic Science
Christine Finck, MD
University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT
“Esophageal Scaffolds Seeded with Epithelial Cells for Esophageal Replacement Therapy”

2016
Clinical Science
Daniel L. Lodwick, MD, MS
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
“Lymphocyte Depression And Postoperative Abscess After Appendectomy In Children”

2016
Basic Science
Julie Monteagudo, MD
Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
“Ex Vivo Comparison Of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Circuits And Cannulae To Evaluate Sources Of Hemolysis”

2015
Clinical Science
Yinin Hu, MD
University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA
“Cumulative Sum: an Individualized Proficiency Metric for Laparoscopic Fundamentals”

2015
Basic Science
Elizabeth Clark, DVM
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
“Characterization of Tissue Engineered Tracheal Grafts in an Ovine Model”

2014
Clinical Science
Cerine Jeanty, MD
University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
“Procedural Management of Cholelithiasis in Infants Under One Year of Age”

2014
Basic Science
Catherine J. Hunter, MD
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL
“Defining the Role of Protein Kinase A and Apoptosis in Necrotizing Enterocolitis”

2013
Clinical Science
Deidre C. Kelleher, MD
Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC
“Impact of a Checklist on ATLS Task Performance During Pediatric Trauma Resuscitation”

2013
Basic Science
Leo Andrew O. Benedict, MD
Pediatric Surgical Research Laboratories, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
“Spinal Cord Expression of Virally Derived Mullerian Inhibiting Substance Extends Life and Promotes Survival of Motor Neurons in Transgenic SOD1 Mutant Mice”

2012
Syamal D. Bhattacharya, MD
“Temporal Relationships Between Positive Urine Culture and Onset of Necrotizing Enterocolitis”

Alejandro Garcia, MD
“The Role of Notch Inhibition in a Novel Hepatoblastoma Orthotopic Model”

2011
R. Dawn Fevurly, MD
“Novel Zebrafish Model Reveals Critical Role for MAPK in Lymphangiogenesis”

Jesse Gutnick, MD
“Circulating Thyrotropin Receptor MRNA for Evolution of Thyroid Nodules and Surveillance of Thyroid Cancer”

2010
Hayden W. Stagg, MD
“Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 Induces Hyperpermeability Following Traumatic Burn Injury”

Diana L. Diesen, MD
“Temporal Association Between Blood Transfusion and Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Premature Infants”

2009
Francois I. Luks, MD
“Reflectance Spectrometry for Realtime Hemoglobin Determination of Placental Vessels During Endoscopic Laser Surgery for TTTS”

Henry L. Chang, MD
“Mullerian Inhibiting Substance Inhibits Migration of Epithelial Cancer Cell Lines”

APSA Foundation Jay Grosfeld, MD Scholar Grant

The American Pediatric Surgical Association Foundation (APSAF) encourages the enrichment of pediatric surgeon scientists by providing support for projects which will broaden the horizon of the recipient in a fashion not otherwise readily achieved and for which funds may not be available from usual current sources. The APSAF welcomes proposals for support of projects that encompass the humanities, medical ethics, education, clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, health care delivery, computer sciences, as well as clinical or laboratory research as they relate to the surgical sciences or to the delivery of pediatric surgical care and may include traveling fellowships or special scholarships.

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Deadline for applications is February 18, 2021
Note:
applications must be completed within 24 hours of the start time, including all required documents.  Incomplete applications are automatically wiped from the system after 24 hours and a new submission must be initiated.

Recipients

The American Pediatric Surgical Association Foundation encourages the enrichment of pediatric surgeon scientists by providing support for projects which will broaden the horizon of the recipient in a fashion not otherwise readily achieved and for which funds may not be available from usual current sources. The APSA Foundation welcomes proposals for support of projects that encompass the humanities, medical ethics, education, clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, health care delivery, computer sciences, as well as clinical or laboratory research as they relate to the surgical sciences or to the delivery of pediatric surgical care and may include traveling fellowships or special scholarships..

“The APSA Foundation Grant has offered me the opportunity to focus my initial research efforts on finding new treatments for challenging diseases in Pediatric Surgery such as necrotizing enterocolitis. Due to this funding, I have been able to complete significant preliminary studies which have formed the basis for competitive national grants. The APSA Foundation is making a great investment in the future of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Surgery Research.”

Cynthia D. Downard, MD, MMScCurrent Management of Pediatric Pilonidal Disease: A Perspective Multicenter Surgeon-Choice Cohort Study

University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA
2010 APSA Foundation Scholar

2020
Allison L. Speer, MD
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, Houston, Texas
Defining the Role of the Enteric Nervous System in Epithelial Barrier Function in Human Intestinal Organoids
Awarded $25,000

Christa N. Grant, MD
Penn State Children’s Hospital, Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Contactin 1: A Potential Biomarker and Therapeutic Target in High Risk Neuroblastoma
Awarded $25,000

Emily Partridge, MD
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Study of Cerebral Autoregulation in Pumpless Arteriovenous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
Awarded $25,000

2019
Alex G. Cuenca, MD, PhD
Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
The Role of Adjuvant Induced Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells in Allograft Tolerance
Awarded $25,000

Alejandro Garcia, MD
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore, MD
Improving Reperfusion Injury in Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Using a Porcine Model of ECPR
Awarded $25,000

Beth A. Rymeski, DO
Cincinnati Children’s Hosiptal Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
Current Management of Pediatric Pilonidal Disease: A Prospective Multicenter Surgeon-Choice Cohort Study
Awarded $25,000

2018
Catherine Hunter, MD
Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL
Defining the Role of ROCK in Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Awarded $25,000

Amar Nijagal, MD
The University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Fetal Mechanisms of Liver and Bile Duct Repair: A Link to the Prenatal Origins of Biliary Atresia
Awarded $25,000

2017
Andrew J. Murphy, MD
“Genomic Analysis of Bilateral Wilms Tumors”
Awarded $25,000

Isam W. Nasr, MD
“Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury by Inhibition of TLR4 Signaling in a Murine Model”
Awarded $25,000

2016
Helen Hsieh, MD
“Effect of Midazolam on the Developmental and Maturation of Hippocampal Neuronal Circuitry”
Awarded $25,000

Elisabeth T. Tracy, MD
“Bleeding and Thrombosis in Infants and Children”
Awarded $25,000

2015
William H. Peranteau, MD
“In Utero Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for the Treatment of Congenital Disorders”
Awarded $25,000

Bradley J. Segura, MD
“The role of Enteric Glia in Pediatric Intestinal Inflammation”
Awarded $25,000

2014
Hannah Piper, MD
“The Role of Intestinal Microbiota in Children with Intestinal Failure and Bacterial Overgrowth”
Awarded $25,000

David Stitelman, MD
“In-utero Delivery of Synthetic Nanoparticles for Gene Editing in the Central Nervous System”
Awarded $25,000

2013
Ankush Gosain, MD
“Splenic Neurovascular Units in Hirschsprung’s Associated Enterocolitis”
Awarded $25,000

David Gourlay, MD
“IAP Prevents Intestinal Inflammation in the Newborn Intestine”
Awarded $25,000

Shawn Larson, MD
“Inflammasome Activation is Critical for Neonatal Emergency Myelopoiesis and Expansion of Hematopoietic Stem Cells for Inflammation”
Awarded $25,000

2012
Harold N. Lovvorn, III, MD
“Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells for the Study of Wilms’ Tumorigenesis”
Awarded $25,000

Kuo Jen Tsao, MD
“Errors and Adverse Events in the Setting of the Neonatal Surgery Performed in the NICU”
Awarded $25,000

2011
Shaun M. Kunisaki, MD
“Mesenchymal Stem Cell Regulation of Fetal Lung Development in Diaphragmatic Hernia”
Awarded $25,000

Peter F. Nichol, MD
“Using a Genetic Model of Duodenal Atresia to Understand Regenerative Mechanisms within the Intestine”
Awarded $25,000

2010
Cynthia D. Downard, MD
“Control of Intestinal Microcirculation in NEC”
Awarded $25,000

Cassandra M. Kelleher, MD
“Extracellular components Critical to Alveolarization: Contributions of Elastin”
Awarded $25,000

2009
Tippi C. MacKenzie, MD
“Maternal Immune Response in Utero Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation”
Awarded $25,000

Kelly A. Miller, MD
“The Pathogenic Role of Enteric Glia in Hirschsprung’s Enterocolitis”
Awarded $25,000

2008
Douglas N. Miniati, MD
“Role of Notch4 Signaling in Aberrant Pulmonary Vascular Development”
Awarded $25,000

2007
Allan M. Goldstein, MD
“Role of Sonic Hedgehog in Enteric Nervous System Development”
Awarded $25,000

2006
James C.Y. Dunn, MD
“Enteric Nervous System Regeneration for Hirschsprung’s Disease”
Awarded $25,000

2005
Elizabeth A. Beierle, MD
“Focal Adhesion Kinase and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Receptor-3 in Human Neuroblastoma”
Awarded $10,000

Kerilyn K. Nobuhara, MD
“Intestinal Dysmotility in Fetal Repair of Gastroschisis”
Awarded $10,000

2004
Karl G. Sylvester, MD
“Liver Regeneration and Stem Cell Regulation via the WNT Signaling Pathway”
Awarded $10,000

Christopher K. Breuer, MD
“Do Tissue Engineered Venous Conduits Grow? Investigating the Growth Potential of Tissue Engineered Venous Conduits in a Juvenile Lamb Model”
Awarded $10,000

2003
Peter F. Ehrlich, MD
“Injury Prevention through Brief Intervention: A Novel Approach to Pediatric Injury Prevention”
Awarded $10,000

2002
Mary Beth Madonna, MD
“Growth Factor Receptor Signaling and its Relationship to Cell Proliferation and Differentiation in a Neuroblastoma Cell Line”
Awarded $10,000

2001
Anthony Stallion, MD
“Intestinal Ischemia Reperfusion Injury Contributes to the Initiation of the Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome”
Awarded $10,000

2000
Edward M. Barksdale Jr., MD
“The Therapy of Neuroblastoma-Induced Disorders of Dendropoiesis of Dendritic Cell Development”
Awarded $10,000

1999
Steven Stylianos, MD
“Evidence-Based Guidelines for Resource Utilization in Pediatric Spleen/Liver Injury”
Awarded $5,000

1998
Gail E. Besner, MD
“Heparin-Binding EGF-Like Growth Factor (HBEGF) and Intestinal Ischemia Reperfusion Injury”
Awarded $7,500

1997
Charles N. Paidas, MD
“Septation of the Cloaca”
Awarded $8,000

1996
Michael G. Caty, MD
“Preservation of Intestinal Mucosal Structure and Function with Intraluminal Oxygenated Perfluorocarbon”
Awarded $9,825

ACS/APSA Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management

The American College of Surgeons and the American Pediatric Surgical Association offer an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The award is to be used toward the cost of tuition, travel, housing, and subsistence during the period of the course.

Visit the Brandeis University website for more information.

Due to Covid-19, applications were not accepted in 2020.  Check back for details about the 2021 award.

Recipients

2020
No award was given in 2020

2019
Jeffrey R. Lukish, MD
Read Dr. Lukish’s preliminary report.

2018
Marion Henry, MD, MPH
Read Dr. Henry’s preliminary report.
Read Dr. Henry’s final report.

2017
Read Dr. St. Peter’s final report.

2016
David P. Bliss, Jr., MD, FACS
Read Dr. Bliss’ final report.

2015
Mike Chen, MD
Read Dr. Chen’s preliminary report.

2014
Max R. Langham Jr., MD
Read Dr. Langham’s final report.

2013
Steven Teich, MD, FACS
Read Dr. Teich’s final report.

2012
Peter W. Dillon, MD, FACS
Read Dr. Dillon’s final report.

2011
Patrick V. Bailey, MD, FACS
Read Dr. Bailey’s final report.

2010
Aviva L. Katz, MD, FACS
Read Dr. Katz’s final report.

2009
Dennis P. Lund, MD, FACS
Read Dr. Lund’s final report.

2008
George W. Holcomb, III, MD, FACS
Read Dr. Holcomb’s final report.