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Clinical Research Leaders Scholarship

This grant provides funding to support the participation of talented, motivated plastic surgeon-scientists to attend select clinical research training and development programs around the country in order to enhance their skills in outcomes/translational/clinical research. Up to four applicants will be awarded each year to attend the conferences that best meet the goals of the program.

Applicants will identify and propose opportunities that best meet program goals, and are most relevant to their career goals and interests. Each awardee will receive up to $2,500 to defray the costs of registration and travel expenses.

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Clinical Research Leaders Scholarship Guidelines


The 2022 application cycle is NOW CLOSED.

Latest Award Recipients

Ronnie Shammas, MD

Duke University School of Medicine
Focus: Mixed Methods Research

Noting that plastic surgery is filled with opportunities to utilize a mixed-methods approach to gain a deeper understanding of the patient's perspective when examining various topics, Dr. Shammas pursued training to develop and apply mixed methods research using qualitative and quantitative methods. To build on his current health services research, he formulated a mixed-methods design to determine the acceptability, feasibility and usability of conjoint analysis to elicit patient preferences for breast reconstruction. Adding a qualitative component allows for a richer evaluation of the conjoint analysis and how the tool may be revised further prior to large-scale clinical implementation. In addition, through this scholarship, Shammas gained valuable skills to write manuscripts and grant proposals specific for mixed-methods research.

Charalampos Siotos, MD

Rush University Medical Center
Focus: Institute for Healthcare Improvement Congress 2021

Dr. Siotos participated in the 48th Annual Medical Congress, which presented a multidisciplinary approach to public health issues and familiarized participants with ways to improve medical education and promote innovation. Many discussions were focused on the implications of COVID-19 on low- and high-resource health systems and ways to overcome difficulties raised by the pandemic, in particular, and health crises in general. There were also other sessions, including workshops for developing teaching skills. The discussions presented new information, including highlights on drug discovery and pharmaceutical innovation and lectures on emerging technologies in future clinical practice, such as telemedicine.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2020: Nicholas L. Berlin, MD, MPH, MS
  • 2020: Kenneth L. Fan, MD
  • 2020: Erika D. Sears, MD, MS
  • 2019: Joshua J. Goldman, MD
  • 2019: Shane D. Morrison, MD, MS
  • 2018: Evan Matros, MD, MMSc, MPH
  • 2018: Rajiv P. Parikh, MD