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Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society Data Center
Announcement of Fellowship Opportunity

The Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society Data Center is pleased to request applications for the John W. Kirklin/David Ashburn Fellowship for the two-year period July 2021- June 2023.

This Fellowship was created for young surgeons intending to pursue a career in congenital heart surgery and to advance the specialty through research. The focus of the Fellowship is outcomes research, primarily of the many multi-institutional prospective cohort studies of the CHSS. The Fellow will become expert in database management and in all aspects of biostatistics and epidemiology. Particular emphasis is placed on the research methods, presentation at national meetings, and manuscript preparation and publication. The Fellow will also have substantial exposure to the field of congenital heart disease and its clinical management.

This is a two-year non-clinical appointment to the CHSS Data Center located at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. The Fellow will also be a member of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery here and may participate in clinical conferences and research meetings. Although not required, some prior experience with data analysis and software is recommended. During their tenure, the candidate is expected to complete a Masters or Doctoral degree in biostatistics, epidemiology or a related field through the University of Toronto. Tuition for degree completion will be provided and an advisor appointed to guide thesis development.

Previous Fellows have made important, high profile contributions to the field, obtained advanced degrees, and gone on to residencies and faculty positions in cardiothoracic surgery. A review of current activities of the Data Center can be found at:

Summary of application procedure:

  1. The candidate should send a letter of interest outlining his/her/their previous training, personal objectives for participating in the Fellowship, and curriculum vitae.

  2. In addition, the candidate should request two recommendation letters from faculty members. These letters should be sent by email to attention William M. DeCampli, M.D., Ph.D.

  3. The candidate should also request his/her/their Program Director to send a letter of support of the appointment as part of the candidate’s surgical training program, and a commitment to funding the candidate’s tenure at the Data Center in the amount of $75,000/yr (CAD). This is distinct from tuition support for the advanced degree, which is provided by Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society in the amount of ~$25,000 (CAD) per year.

Application materials must be received no later than August 31, 2020. The candidate may be offered an interview to take place in September and will be notified of the final decision on or about November 1, 2020.

William G. Williams, M.D.
William M. DeCampli, M.D., Ph.D