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2021 Fellowships


Special Ionescu Fellowships celebrating 50 years of the Pericardial valve

SCTS was honoured and privileged to announce this special round of fellowships with Mr Ionescu’s continued support to the wider cardiothoracic multidisciplinary community to celebrate 50 years of the Pericardial valve.

The extended range of the Fellowships was to allow all SCTS members to benefit - Consultants, all grades of Trainees, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals and Medical Students. The applications were advertised in the SCTS website as well as by flyers to all the members. The deadline was the 15th August 2020.

All applications were scored to the SCTS Scoring Matrix by a panel of SCTS Officers and the scores were averaged to rank the candidates.

All applications were duly considered and recommended after section leads and relevant teams, due to the spread of experience and variation in the speciality.

The final recommendations were finalised by unanimous decision by the scoring teams for various streams and approved by the President and Mr Ionescu.

Ionescu Travelling Fellowship for a consultant: 2 awards, £10,000 each

Mr Ulrich Stock, The Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital, London to visit the Albert Lung Transplantation programme in Melbourne. The visit will focus on donor receipt mismatch solutions and pneumoreduction.

Mr Nisar Asadi, The Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital, to visit Prof W Fang in the Shanghai Chest Hospital to understand principles in pathways of care in uniportal VATS lobectomy as well as gain exposure in Airway surgery.

Ionescu Consultant Team Fellowships: 2 awards, £15,000 each

Mr Kandadai Rammohan, University Hospitals of Manchester to the Shanghai Pulmonary Unit to understand principles in pathways of care in uniportal VATS lobectomy, as well as gain insight into process management of lung cancer patients.

Mr Vivek Srivastava, Oxford University Hospitals to visit Mr R Deshpande in Kings College London, to focus on minimally invasive mitral valvular repair techniques.

Ionescu NTN Trainee Travelling Fellowship: 2 awards, £10,000 each

Kunal Bhakri , Specialist Registrar in Royal Papworth Hospital to undergo a Robotic Thoracic Surgery Fellowship in the Guy’s Hospital London under Mr Routledge.

Adam Daly, Specialist Registrar in Mater Miseriecordae University Hospital, Dublin to undergo a fellowship in the Cleveland Clinic under Prof Svensson focussing on aortic and endo vascular aortic surgery.

Ionescu NTN early years (ST1-4): travel awards: 1 award, £5,000

Kathryn Freystater, Specialty Registrar in Freeman Hospital Newcastle, to visit the cardiac surgery department in University Hospital of Vienna.

The primary goal of the fellowship is to gain insight in the latest minimally invasive and hybrid cardiac surgical techniques under Prof Andreas.

Ionescu SAS Surgical Fellowships: 2 awards, £10,000 each

Periklis Perikleous, Clinical fellow, Harefield Hospital, London to visit the Shanghai Pulmonary Unit to focus on minimally invasive surgery and uniportal VATS lobectomy.

Kudzai Kutywayo, Clinical research fellow, Glenfield hospital, Leicester to visit University Hospital of Zurich to focus on Lung volume reduction surgery and Mesothelioma and to visit the 1st Affiliated Hospitals of the Gaungzhou Medical University to focus on VATS surgery.

Ionescu small travel awards for FYs and CTs: 2 award, £5,000 each

Nikhil Sahdev Academic FY2 in Royal London Hospital to visit the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. The fellowship will focus on all aspects of cardiac surgery and cardiothoracic transplantation.

Neil Marshall, Academic FY in Salisbury District Hospital to visit the Hospital for Sick children in Toronto. The fellowship will focus on paediatric cardiac surgery under Mr Barron.

Ionescu Nursing & Allied Health Professional Fellowships: 1 award, £5,000

Michelle Brennan, Preoperative care practitioner, St George’s Hospital London to visit Cleveland Clinic to gain insight into pre-operative preparation and patient pathways in cardiac surgery.

Ionescu Medical Student Fellowships: 3 awards, £500 each

Hanad Ahmed, University of Southampton to visit the Hospital for Sick children, Toronto for an insight into Paediatric cardiac surgery under Mr Barron

Sam Jenkins, University of Sheffield to visit the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham under the supervision of Mr M Bhabra as part of elective placement to gain further skills in surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.

Amerikos Argyriou, University of Manchester to visit Waikato Hospital under the supervision of Dr NK Kejriwal as part of elective placement to gain further skills in surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.

SCTS Education thanks Mr Ionescu for his generosity with these additional fellowships in 2020 at the 50th Anniversary of the Pericardial valve which has enabled us to offer all these awards to our membership for the wider benefit of our patients.