Professional Communities Awards for Excellence

The Professional Community Awards for Excellence will not be offered at ISHLT2024.

About the Awards:

The purpose of these awards is to recognize and encourage investigation and professional excellence in each of the Professional Communities represented within ISHLT, to support the component groups that enable ISHLT's interdisciplinary approach and to elevate and empower all Professional Communities equally.

This award category includes individual awards for each of the ten professional communities.
  1. Anesthesiology and Critical Care Award for Excellence
  2. Cardiology Award for Excellence
  3. Cardiothoracic Surgery Award for Excellence
  4. Infectious Diseases Award for Excellence
  5. Nursing and Allied Health Award for Excellence
  6. Pathology Award for Excellence
  7. Pediatrics Award for Excellence
  8. Pharmacy Award for Excellence
  9. Pulmonology Award for Excellence
  10. Research and Immunology Award for Excellence
Three eligible authors from each of the above Professional Communities whose top-scoring abstracts are selected for oral presentation will be named as finalists. These presentations will be recorded and judged online after the meeting by a panel of experts.

Each award recipient will receive complimentary registration to the next year's Annual Meeting.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Candidate must be a current member of ISHLT.
  • Candidate must be a current member of one of the ten ISHLT Professional Communities
  • Candidate must be the first author and presenter of the abstract.
  • Candidate must not have previously won an award in this category.
First authors who meet all eligibility criteria during abstract submission are automatically considered for the award sponsored by their Primary Professional Community (identified on their membership profile).

Current Recipients

Anesthesiology & Critical Care Professional Community Award for Excellence
Leonardo Salazar, MD, MSc
FundaciĆ³n Cardiovascular de Colombia
Floridablanca, Colombia
Presentation: Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation Outcomes: Single-Center Experience in a Latin American Advanced Heart Failure Reference Program
Cardiology Professional Community Award for Excellence
Christos Kyriakopoulos, MD
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT USA
Presentation: Multicenter Development and Validation of a Machine Learning Model to Predict Myocardial Recovery During LVAD Support: The UCAR Score
Cardiothoracic Surgery Professional Community Award for Excellence
Ezequiel Molina, MD, FACS
Piedmont Heart Institute
Atlanta, GA USA
Presentation: The Impact of Small Left Ventricular Dimension on Outcomes after HeartMate 3 LVAD Implantation
Infectious Diseases Professional Community Award for Excellence
Saima Aslam, MD, MS
University of California San Diego
San Diego, CA USA
Presentation: Development of Burkholderia Cepacia Complex Targeted Clinical Registry and Phage Library
Nursing and Allied Health Professional Community Award for Excellence
Kathleen Grady, PhD, MS, RN
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL USA
Presentation: A Comparison of Quality-Adjusted Life Years in Older Adults after Heart Transplantation Versus Long-Term Mechanical Support: Findings From SUSTAIN-IT
Pathology Professional Community Award for Excellence
Francesca Lunardi, MD, ScD, PhD
University of Padova
Padova, Italy
Presentation: Phosphorylated S6 Ribosomal Protein as an Additional Marker of Antibody-Mediated Rejection in Lung Allografts: A Multicentre Study
Pediatrics Professional Community Award for Excellence
Madeleine Townsend, MD
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA
Presentation: Statin Use May Not Benefit Pediatric Heart Transplant Recipients: A PHTS Analysis
Pharmacy Professional Community Award for Excellence
Erik Henricksen, PharmD
Stanford Medicine
Stanford, CA USA
Presentation: Bye-Bye Biopsy? Comparing Short and Long-Term Outcomes after Adopting Early Non-Invasive Rejection Surveillance
Pulmonology Professional Community Award for Excellence
Reda Girgis, MD
Spectrum Health / Michigan State University
Grand Rapids, MI USA
Presentation: Predictors of Early Mortality after Lung Transplantation for Primary Pulmonary Hypertension: A UNOS Analysis
Research and Immunology Professional Community Award for Excellence
Pieterjan Kerckhof, Ir, MD
KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
Presentation: Morphometric Airway Changes in Explanted Human Lungs with Chronic Lung Allograft Dysfunction
Research and Immunology Professional Community Award for Excellence
Kristina Andrijauskaite, PhD, MS, MEd
Vascular Perfusion Solutions, Inc.
San Antonio, TX USA
Presentation: Novel Portable Hypothermic Perfusion Preservation Device Enhances Cardiac Output of Donated Human Hearts

Past Recipients


Cardiology Professional Community Award for Excellence
Bhavadharini Ramu, MD, FACC
Presentation: Sex-Based Outcomes After Implantation of a Fully Magnetically Levitated Left Ventricular Assist Device

Cardiothoracic Surgery Professional Community Award for Excellence
Justin C.Y. Chan, MD, MPhil
Presentation: Impact of Sex on Outcome After Pulmonary Endarterectomy (PEA) for Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH)

Nursing and Allied Health Professional Community Award for Excellence
Sarah Schettle, PA-C, MS, MBA
Presentation: Does Hemoglobin A1c Accurately Depict Diabetic Control in LVAD Patients?

Pediatrics Professional Community Award for Excellence
Lydia K. Wright, MD, MSc
Presentation: Status Exceptions and Racial Disparities in Pediatric Heart Transplant Waitlist Outcomes

Pulmonology Professional Community Award for Excellence
Sean Agbor-Enoh, MD, PhD
Presentation: Is Acute Rejection Truly Acute or an Exacerbation of an Underlying Disease?

Research and Immunology Professional Community Award for Excellence
Daniel R. Calabrese, MD
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA USA
Presentation: Bronchoalveolar Lavage MICB is Associated with Severe Primary Graft Dysfunction, Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation, and Low Post-Transplant FEV1 in Lung Transplant Recipients


Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Jamel Ortoleva, MD
Presentation: Effect of the New Donor Heart Allocation System on Waitlist Mortality Among All Candidates Listed With Mechanical Circulatory Support

Yael Peled, MD
Presentation: CA125 Predicts Right Heart Hemodynamic and Function and Identifies Distinct Congestion Phenotypes: Guidance for Therapy

Cardiothoracic Surgery
Yoshito Yamada, MD, PhD
Presentation: CD26+ Epithelial Cell Clusters as a Novel Biomarker and Therapeutic Target in Chronic Lung Allograft Dysfunction

Infectious Diseases
Ann Woolley, MD, MPH
Presentation: Long-term Outcomes In Heart And Lung Transplants From HCV-Viremic Donors To Uninfected Recipients: The Donate HCV Trial

Nursing and Allied Health
Thomas Schloeglhofer, MSc
Presentation: Quality of Anticoagulation With Phenprocoumon and Warfarin in Left Ventricular Assist Device Patients: A Multicenter Study

Kyle Hope, MD, MS
Presentation: Atypical Infiltrates On Endomyocardial Biopsy Are Associated With Adverse Outcomes In Pediatric Heart Transplantation

Lisa Peters, PharmD, BCPS
Presentation: Impact Of Using A Low Anti-Xa Target Heparin Protocol On Hemocompatibility-related Outcomes After Implantation Of A Heartmate 3 Device

Joshua Diamond, MD
Presentation: mHealth to Improve Emergent Frailty After Lung Transplantation

Research and Immunology
Kevin Zhang, BHSc
Presentation: The Diagnostic and Prognostic Value of Bronchial Wash for Evaluating Microaspiration in Lung Transplant Recipients