Vascular Cures’ Wylie Scholar Program provides financial assistance to outstanding surgeons at the early stage of their careers, to help them develop as academic vascular surgeon-scientists.

Since 1996, the program has provided 3-year career development grants of $50,000/year, with one annual award. There are now 19 surgeon-scientists at 14 institutions who svs-logo-redblack-foundation-rgbactively transforming patient care. They are a powerful network to accelerate Vascular Cures’ programs. Three Wylies are on our Scientific Advisory Board. Seven of them will attend the Vascular Research Summit Each year, the new grantee is selected by a committee of previous Wylie Scholars. The quality and rigor of the selection process is demonstrated by the fact that the average return on investment for follow-on funding is 16:1

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Since 2014, the award has been co-sponsored by the Society of Vascular Surgery (SVS) Foundation to reflect our shared commitment to advancing the field through development of the next generation of leading vascular surgeon-scientists.

Impact

Wylie Scholars have on-going impact on the advancement of vascular cures and treatments
For each $150,000 award, Wylie Scholars have generated $2.4 million in subsequent national research funding – a return on investment of nearly 16 to 1. Vascular Cures’ initial research investment of $8 million has enabled another $42 million in funding – producing $50 million for research.

Wylie Scholars become North America’s leading vascular surgeons. Many are chiefs at their institutions.

They continue to innovate new cures and treatments. They work to break down barriers that inhibit collaboration and extend development times. For example

Highlights:
  • Dr. Bryan Tillman, UPMC, is developing a retrievable stent that will improve the ability of non-vascular surgeons to manage life-threatening injuries in wounded soldiers and the civilian trauma bay. He is in pre-clinical testing of an organ profusion stent that will preserve organ donor physiology which will make more organs useable. In 2016, he received a 2.5 million contract from the Department of Defense to develop a retrievable stent to treat noncompressible hemorrhage (severe bleeding in the torso)
  • Dr. Matthew Corriere, now at the University of Michigan, 2014 wants to understand the benefits of increasing patient participation and engagement in their own care. He has become the leader of Vascular Cures’ Project Voice.
  • Ryan McEnaney, UPMC, is working to understand how to expand collateral arteries to restore blood flow for patients unable to have surgery
  • Dr. Mohammed Zayed, Washington University is investigating why diabetics develop a unique lipid profile leading to peripheral artery disease, one of the most common and most expensive vascular diseases. His progress has been presented at several American Heart Association meetings.
  • Dr. Barry Rubin, BSc, MD CM, PhD, FRCSC, Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto and Chair and Program Medical Director of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC) is also Chair and CEO of the University Health Network Academic Medical Organization. It manages the allocation of teaching, research, and innovation funds from the Ministry of Health to 750 physicians, and represents 4,000 academic physicians on the Ontario Academic Medicine Steering Committee. Dr. Rubin has created an innovative funding program that pairs business leaders with medical professionals to evaluate proposals in terms of cost-effectiveness as well as long term patient impact.. Click here to read more.
Application Procedure

Applications for the 2017 award are due on March 1, 2017.
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The Wylie Scholar Program has created a network of talented academic surgeons, many of whom have become leaders in vascular surgery and research at major medical centers throughout North America. Vascular Cures will award each Wylie Scholar $50,000 per year for up to three years, subject to an annual review by the committee. The maximum award available for any Scholar is $150,000. Payment of awards will be made to the candidate’s institution, and the institution will be responsible for disbursing all funds and for the administration of the grant. Vascular Cures does not pay indirect costs.

Award Uses
The award may be used to support research in the following areas: basic science, translational, clinical research, outcomes/health services research, teaching, community service, and patient care. No later than two months after the funding year, the awardee will submit an update of progress and expenses for the previous year. This will be evaluated by their respective Chief of Vascular Surgery and by the Vascular Cures Review Committee.

Eligibility
Candidates must hold a full-time faculty appointment as a vascular surgeon with active privileges at a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in the United States or the Committee for the Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools in Canada. Only one nomination per institution per year will be considered. The following conditions also must be met:

  • The candidate must hold a valid and current certification from the American Board of Surgery, or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, in general surgery or vascular surgery.
  • The candidate must be an active, practicing clinical vascular surgeon.
  • The candidate must present convincing evidence of rigorous research training and significant research accomplishments to date.
  • The candidate must not be currently funded by a career development award from the National Institutes of Health, Veterans Affairs, American Heart Association, or similar extramural funding agencies. Concomitant awards similar in size to the Wylie Scholar (e.g. from professional societies such as the American College of Surgeons) must be disclosed and will be considered on an individual basis.
  • The candidate must prepare and present a challenging research plan to be completed during the term of the award.
  • The candidate must have a research mentor who will be an additional resource for his or her research.
  • The Chairman of the Department of Surgery must guarantee that the candidate will have 40% protected time available to devote to the research investigation, as well as facilities, equipment and resources to execute the proposed studies.
  • The candidate is expected to participate in the Vascular Cures Wylie Scholar award event each year during their research grant tenure. This includes participating in a scientific interchange with Vascular Cures Board of Directors and donors. Up to $1,800 of the annual stipend may be used for travel expenses and one night of lodging.

Evaluation
The Wylie Scholar Award Committee, established jointly by Vascular Cures and the Society for Vascular Surgery, will select the Scholar and present their recommendation to the Vascular Cures Board of Directors for final approval.
The key criteria for selection of the potential Wylie Scholar will be a demonstrated aptitude for and interest in vascular research, skill and promise in vascular surgery, teaching ability, and leadership qualities. Selected candidates may be personally interviewed prior to the final selection.