2020 Award Opportunity

The Kaplan Leadership Development Award is sponsored by the SCA Endowment for SCA members. The mission is to assist cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesiologists in their careers by granting funding to further their leadership development through course work and leadership specific studies. This is a $10,000 award: $5,000 in funding from the SCA Endowment, and a matching $5,000 award from the applicant’s institution. SCA member practitioners in the field of cardiothoracic or vascular anesthesia are invited to apply. 

Applications for the 2021 Kaplan Leadership Development Award will be available in winter 2021.


Year Awardee Title and Institution Leadership Development Opportunity
2020 Lisa Rong, MD Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian Executive Leadership Coaching Program for Research Leaders
2019 Ruma Bose, MD Adult Cardiovascular Anesthesia Program Director, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Structural Heart Disease Curriculum for Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship
2019 Danny Muehlschlegel, MD MMSc Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School MIT Sloan Executive MBA
2018 Anne Cherry, MD Assistant Professor, Duke University School of Medicine Development for Leadership of Anesthesiology Fellowship Research Program
2018 Michael Grant, MD Assistant Professor, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Design and Implementation of an Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery (ERACS) Program
2017 Rebecca M.Gerlach, MD FRCPC Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care; Director, Anesthesia Perioperative Medicine ClinicUniversity of ChicagoChicago, IL Development of Preoperative Anemia Treatment Program for Cardiac Surgery Patients
2016 James D.O’Leary, MBBCh MD MMED FCARSCI Assistant Professor, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of TorontoToronto, Canada Advanced Health Leadership ProgramRotman School of Management, University of Toronto
2015 Andrew L Wilkey, MD Northwest Anesthesia, P.A.Minneapolis, MN Improving Blood Product Utilization in the Cardiac Operating Theater: Thromboelastometry-Guided, Evidence Based Best Practice Guideline for Coagulation Management in Cardiac Surgery