Cardiovascular Surgery Research Awards

The Cardiovascular Surgery Research Awards are intramural (internal to Aurora Health Care) and are established to support patient-centered research related to cardiothoracic, cardiac, thoracic and/or transplant surgeries. The awards are overseen by Aurora Cardiovascular Services and administered by the Sponsored Programs Office in Research.

The research awards provide important seed money to fellows under mentorship guidance, clinicians, and basic and clinical investigators to promote future research on cardiovascular surgery, preferably through competitive extramural funding. Financial support for the Cardiovascular Surgery Research Awards is derived from a fund managed by the Aurora Foundation that has been designated for this research.

Interested researchers, scientists and physicians at Aurora, submit proposals in response to an annual call for applications. A Scientific Review Committee made up of Aurora researchers and cardiovascular surgeons review and score the proposals based on overall impact of the proposed study, its significance, innovation and approach, and the investigators involved in the research. Recommendations of proposals to be funded are forwarded to the Cardiovascular Surgery Research Award Committee for final selection.

Please join us in congratulating the researchers at Aurora Health Care whose proposals were recently selected for the Cardiovascular Surgery Research Award:

Farhan Rizvi“Circulatory Biomarkers of Extracellular Matrix Turnover and Non-coding RNA as Predictor for Post-Operative Heart Failure” submitted by Farhan Rizvi, PhD






Mahek Mirza“Biomarker-based Risk Stratification to Identify Patients at Risk of Post-operative Atrial Fibrillation”  submitted by Mahek Mirza, MD






Martin Oaks“Analysis of HLA Antibodies in Patients with Ventricular Assist Devices” submitted by Martin Oaks, PhD






Dajun Wang“Molecular Basis for the Protective Effect of Diabetes Melitus on Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm”  submitted by Dajun Wang, MD