Support for the Enrichment Award provided by Elsevier, Inc.

The Central Surgical Association Foundation sponsors two annual awards (The Turcotte & Elsevier, Inc. Enrichment Awards), each in the amount of $20,000, to support surgical scholarship and research and advance the science of surgery. All members of the Association are eligible to apply. However, special consideration will be given to member applicants at the Assistant and Associate Professor level who have not yet obtained federal funding (K, R series NIH or equivalent DoD funding) to support early career development and to serve as seed money to obtain these grants in the future. In addition, members may sponsor junior, non-member surgeons within the geographic region who likewise have not yet achieved federal funding.

The mission of the Central Surgical Association Foundation (CSAF) is to enrich the discipline of surgery and the surgical careers of members of the Central Surgical Association. This goal is achieved by supporting grant proposals that will broaden the horizon of surgery and surgeons including the support of projects that may not be funded from other sources. The CSAF welcomes proposals for support of a wide spectrum of projects including surgical ethics, education, epidemiology, biostatistics, health care delivery, computer science as well as traditional, clinical or laboratory research. Grants also can be awarded for traveling fellowships or special scholarships.

Winners Receive:

  • $20,000 for one year to be used for direct-cost expenditures incurred in the conduct of the proposed research project.
  • Award plaque and recognition at CSA 2018 Annual Meeting, March 15-17, in Columbus, OH (complimentary registration provided).
  • Brief presentation during the CSA 2019 Annual Meeting to CSA members highlighting your experience during the funded research year (complimentary registration provided).
  • Recognition in CSA Final Program Book and CSA Foundation website.

The 2018 application process is now closed.


2017 CSA Foundation Turcotte Award
Courtney Balentine, MD | University of Alabama at Birmingham
Pilot Evaluation of the Virtual Acute Care for Elders Program for Older Patients Having Complex Gastrointestinal Surgery

2017 CSA Foundation Enrichment Award Winner
Salman Ahmad, MD |University of Missouri Health Care
Traumatic platelet inhibition via dense granules and flow cytometry –
A mixing study with normal and emergency general surgery patients

2016 Turcotte Award
Samantha Tarras, MD
Wayne State University
The Utility of the Measurement of Clostridium Difficile Toxin Levels and Toxin Gene Sequences in Blood Samples to Index Disease Severity: An Earlier Marker than Clinical Parameters?

2016 Enrichment Award
Daniel I-Hsin Chu, MD
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Detailing The Role of the Human Gastrointestinal Microbiome in Anastomotic Healing, Leaks and Outcomes after Colorectal

2015 Turcotte Award
Steven J. Schwulst, MD
Northwestern University
The Role of Innate Immunity in the Traumatic Brain Injury-induced Immune Suppression Syndrome

2015 Enrichment Award
Evie Carchman, MD
University of Wisconsin
The Role of Autophagy in Anal Cancer Prevention

2014 Turcotte Award
Fumito Ito, MD, PhD
University of Michigan Health System
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells to Generate Patient and Tumor Specific T Cells

2014 Enrichment Award
Joshua M. V. Mammen, MD, PhD, MBA
University of Kansas Medical Center
Targeting Notch in Melanoma Stem Cells

2013 Turcotte Award
David F. Schneider, MD, MS
University of Wisconsin
The Effect of Immune Modulating Medications on Solid Tumor Incidence and Stage at Presentation in Non-Transplant Patients

2013 Enrichment Award
Philip Wai, MD
Loyola University
Characterization of Immune-Editing Mechanisms in the Microenvironment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

2012 Turcotte Award
Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD
University of Wisconsin
Identification and Characterization of Gastrointestinal Mucosal Immune Defects in Hirschsprung’s Disease

2012 Enrichment Award
Jacqueline Jeruss, MD, PhD
Northwestern University
CDK Inhibition and Restoration of SMAD3 Signaling in Aggressive Breast Cancer Subtypes

Anthony Visioni, MD
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Modulating KLF4 to Target Tumor-Associated Macrophages in Melanoma

David P. Foley, MD
University of Wisconsin
Determing the Role of Nrf2 in a Murine Model of Hepatic Ischemia Reperfusion Injury

David J. Bentrem, MD
Northwestern University
Study of 5-Lipoxygenase, an Arachidonic Acid Pathway Enzyme, in Colon Cancer

Clifford S. Cho, MD
University of Wisconsin
Experimental Manipulation of Melanoma-Induced Immune Suppression

Charles P. Heise, MD
University of Wisconsin
Salmonella mediated type III Secretion of Interleukin-10 for Prevention of
Th2 mediated Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Katharine Yao, MD
Loyola University Medical Center
TraumaList and LoyolaList: A Pilot Project to Improve “Hand Off” Communications and Workflow Efficiency

Andy C. Chiou, MD
University of Illinois
Surgical Resident Rotation in the Office of Human Research Oversight’s Institutional Review Board

Mark R. Hemmila, MD
University of Michigan
Trauma Care Quality Improvement

Hank C. Hill, MD
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Neoadjuvant Tumor Immunotherapy in a Surgical Metastasis Model

Christian M. Schmidt, MD
Indiana University
The Role of Cyclooxygenase-2 in Human and Pancreatic Experimental Tumorigenesis

Tina Desai, MD
University of Chicago
The Role of IL-6 in Hypoxic Endothelial Barrier Dysfunction

Henry J. Schiller, MD
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Alveolar Mechanics and Ventilator Induced Lung Injury

Jeffrey J. Susman, MD
University of Cincinnati
Modulation of Type 1/Type 2 Tumor Immune Responses to Improve Adoptive Immunotherapy

Randall S. Sung, MD
University of Michigan
Cytokine Inhibition in Adenovirus-Mediated Gene Transfer

Peter Angelos, MD
Northwestern University
The Teaching of Ethics in Surgical Training: The Development of a Curriculum

Scott A. Engum, MD
Indiana University
Experimental Assessment of Small Intestinal Submucosa as a Prosthetic Diaphragm Substitute in a Growing Animal Model

Scott A. Dulchavsky, MD
Wayne State University
Renal Apoptosis During Ischemia Reperfusion Injury

Frank E. Johnson, MD
St. Louis University
International Traveling Scholarship in Health Outcomes Research