Ryan Kim, PGY-3 General Surgery Resident presented his research project, “Routine Left Atrial Appendage Ligation in All Open Heart Surgery to Prevent Postoperative Cerebrovascular Accident,” at the Western Thoracic Surgical Association Annual Meeting in Hawaii on June 29, 2012.
Dr. Kim was awarded the Paul C. Samson Resident Prize for his work. According to the Association, The Paul C. Samson (the founder of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association) Resident Prize Essay Competition “brings to the scientific program the best work of residents from thoracic surgical education programs throughout North America and from abroad.”
It is awarded to a resident who is the “presenting author of a podium presentation at the Annual Meeting and the selection of the winner is determined by the presentation and the manuscript.” This is especially noteworthy as Dr. Kim is a general surgery resident who excelled in a competition for cardiothoracic fellows.
His research beat out other nominated projects from researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, and the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, among others. Congratulations to Dr. Kim!