Dr. McConnell and Dr. Thourani Receive Awards

April 2013

Cardiothoracic surgeon-researcher Dr. Vinod Thourani of the Emory University School of Medicine recently received two prestigious teaching awards: the W. Proctor Harvey, MD, Young Teacher Award of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), and the 2013 Dr. Dwight C. McGoon Award of the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association (TSRA).

In addition to identifying and celebrating promising young members of the ACC who have distinguished themselves by dedication and skill in teaching, the Harvey Award is intended to stimulate awardees to continue their careers in education. Dr. Thourani was one of two recipients to receive the honor—which is awarded every two years—and was selected from among a highly competitive group of academic cardiologists. The award is rarely given to surgeons.

The TSRA's McGoon Award is based on nominations from cardiothoracic surgery residents all over the country, and recognizes an outstanding young faculty member in cardiothoracic surgery and his or her commitment to resident education and mentorship. The nominees must be within the first ten years of their professional career and have demonstrated remarkable interest and ability in resident training. In the announcement congratulating Dr. Thourani, Drs. Tom Nguyen and Samuel Youssef of the TSRA wrote: "The letters we received from your residents reflect upon your dedicated, tireless, and selfless commitment to resident education. Recognizing you and the efforts you have put forth on behalf of your trainees is one of the greatest privileges we as the TSRA can have in celebrating the most sacred tradition of surgical education."

Dr. Kevin McConnell, a faculty attending of both the Acute and Critical Care Surgery Service and Surgical Intensive Care Unit of Emory University Hospital, has been awarded the Shock Society Research Fellowship for Early Career Investigators. The award is given to support the career development of new investigators in the areas of trauma, shock, and sepsis, and is applied to funding a project that has intrinsic importance to the field while permitting the recipient to learn the methodology, theory, and conceptualizations necessary for developing into an outstanding independent researcher. Dr. McConnell's basic science and translational research focuses on the trafficking of immune cells and the use of immune modulating agents in trauma and critical illness.