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Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship

The family and friends of the late Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, have established an endowment through the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Foundation to provide funding for an annual fellowship to be awarded to an outstanding surgeon from the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons, or the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association. This annual award is intended to serve as a lasting memorial to the extraordinary life and work of Dr. Organ. For information on donating to this fund, please contact the ACS Foundation at 312-202-5376 or


The Organ Traveling Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding young surgeon so he or she can attend an educational meeting or make an extended visit to an institution of his or her choice, tailored to his or her research interests.

Basic Requirements

The Organ Fellowship is available to a U.S. or Canadian member of the American College of Surgeons in any of the surgical specialties who meets the following requirements:

  • Is a member of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons, or the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association
  • Is a Fellow or Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Is no more than 45 years of age on the date the application is filed

Financial Support

The successful applicant will receive the sum of $5,000 U.S. This amount is to be used to help defray travel and per diem expenses, plus the cost of any courses the awardee may take in association with the award. The Organ Fellow will make his or her own travel arrangements.

Applications are due no later than June 1, 2015, and consist of the following items:

  • An essay, of up to two pages, describing why the applicant wishes to receive the Organ Fellowship and his or her plans for using it
  • The applicant’s current brief curriculum vitae
  • One letter of nomination/recommendation from applicant’s chair or mentor

Applications are to be submitted electronically, as single scanned documents in the order noted above. Submission should be labeled with applicant’s last name, followed by first initial. Send to the attention of the ACS Scholarships Administrator at Questions may also be submitted to this address.

One awardee will be selected, and all applicants are expected to be notified of the outcome of the selection process by July 31, 2015.

2015 Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship Requirements

Previous Awardees

Catherine J. Hunter, MD, FACS, Lurie Children’s Hospital • Chicago, IL
Dr. Hunter will travel to key conferences to learn how women surgeons become skilled mentors. She will work with experts in the field to develop her mentoring skills, learn to build a research team, develop outside collaborations, and enhance her grant writing.

Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MSc, MPA, FACS, FRCSC, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Dr. Chagpar will visit hospitals and health systems in India as part of her research into management of cancer internationally.

Keith D. Amos, MD, FACS, University of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC
Dr. Amos will spend two weeks at the Edinburgh Breast Unit of the General Western Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland, observing their management of malignant and benign breast disease, surgical techniques, and ongoing clinical research projects.

Carla M. Pugh, MD, FACS, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Dr. Pugh will attend training courses at the Annual Clinical and Translational Research and Education Meeting to learn research techniques necessary to move her research into actual patient outcomes.

Melina R. Kibbe, MD, FACS, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Dr. Kibbee is utilizing her fellowship to attend the yearlong Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine course for women at the University of Arizona, Phoenix.

Bridget Fahy, MD, FACS, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
Dr. Fahy’s goal for using this award is to become part of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Clinical Scholars program.

Patricia Turner, MD, FACS, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
Dr. Turner performed collaborative research on patient history and surgical outcomes with the anesthesia outcome research group at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.