Wylie Scholar Program
Vascular Cures’ Wylie Scholar Program is building a pipeline of innovators in vascular health. We provide 3-year career development grants to outstanding young vascular surgeon-scientists who combine active patient care with academic research. The award supports crucial research that enables them to compete for future research funding. Wylie Scholars become North America’s world-class vascular surgeon-scientists; many are now chiefs at major academic centers, prominent leaders in the field, and play a key role in our programs. Four Wylie Scholars are on our Scientific Advisory Board and another is leading Project Voice.
Since 1996, we’ve established a group of 23 surgeon-scientists at 14 institutions around the country who are transforming patient care. Each year, the new grantee is selected by a committee of previous Wylie Scholars. The quality and rigor of the selection process are demonstrated by the fact that the average return on investment for follow-on research funding is 28:1.
For each $150,000 award, Wylie Scholars have generated $3.7 million in subsequent national research funding – a return on investment of nearly 28 to 1. To read more about the impact of the Wylie Scholar program click here.
Wylie Scholars continue to advance new cures and treatments. For example:
- Dr. Ryan McEnaney, Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPMC)., seeks to understand the biochemical signaling mechanisms that allow collateral vessels to grow around blocked arteries, thus circumventing the need for invasive bypass surgery. He is the 4th recipient from UPMC, a tribute to the leadership of Dr. Edith Tzeng, the 2001 awardee.
- Dr. Matthew Corriere, University of Michigan, is developing a tool for doctors to understand patient goals, and improve shared decision-making in vascular treatment. He is working to understand the benefits of increasing patient participation and engagement in their own care, and is the leader of Vascular Cures’ Project Voice, a program focused on patient-reported outcomes research and patient empowerment.
- 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. Mohamed 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.
- 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). As the Chair and CEO of the University Health Network Academic Medical Organization, he manages the allocation of teaching, research, and innovation funds from the Ministry of Health to 750 physicians. 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.
Applications for the 2020 award closed on March 2nd, 2020. Applications for the next award will reopen at the end of 2020.
Vascular Cures will award each Wylie Scholar $50,000 per year for up to three years, subject to an annual review by the committee. 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.
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.
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.
The Wylie Scholar Award Committee 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.