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2021 Minority Trainee Development Scholarship (MTDS) WINNERS

Congratulations to the 2021 Minority Trainee Development Scholarship!


Congratulations to the 40 recipients of the 2021 ATS Minority Trainee Development Scholarship (MTDS)!  Please click here to view the complete list of names!  The MTDS is supported by the American Thoracic Society and provides travel support for underrepresented minorities defined by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to attend the ATS 2020 International Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

This year due to COVID-19 the ATS 2020 International Conference has been cancelled, more information can be found here. Unfortunately, recipients will not get a travel award. They will get an electronic award certificate, their name will be listed on the website as a 2020 Minority Trainee Development Scholarship (MTDS) Award Recipient, and we will recognize awardees at next year’s ATS 2021 International Conference during the Diversity Forum. MTDS recipients are selected for the quality of the science in their submitted abstract, among other criteria.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth Guzmán at the ATS office by email (lguzman@thoracic.org).

Once again, congratulations to the 2021 MTDS awardees, and thank you to all those who applied. 


Yolanda Mageto, MD, MPH
Chair, MTDS Subcommittee

2021 Minority Trainee Development Scholarship (MTDS) Awardees

  1. Jimi Akingbade, MD
    University of Virginia         
    Mentor: Catherine Saenz Bonham, MD

  2. Maura Alvarez Baumgartner, MD       
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center                
    Mentor: Mari Rice, MD

  3. Veneese Brown, BS        
    University of California, Davis
    Mentor: Laura S. Van Winkle, MD

  4. Hugo Carmona, MD
    University of Washington              
    Mentor: James Town, MD
  5. Alexander Castro, BA   
    University of Pittsburg School of Medicine
    Mentor: Florian B. Mayr
  6. Joaquin Chapa, MD, MS      
    Oregon Health and Science University      
    Mentor: Donald Sullivan

  7. Melissa Cole, MD
    Baylor College of Medicine         
    Mentor: Harold J, Farber, MD

  8. Magdalena Fandino, PhD           
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health              
    Mentor: Lesliam Quiros-Alcala 

  9. Carlos Flores Oria, MD         
    The University of Texas Health Science Centere at Houston- McGovern Medical School            
    Mentor: James Stark, MD

  10. Carla Freire, MD               
    Johns Hopkins University              
    Mentor: Vsevolod Y Polotsky, MD

  11. Marta T. Gomes, PhD   
    Indiana University
    Mentor: Roberto F. Machado 

  12. Shekina Gonzalez-Ferrer, BS           
    University of Pittsburg
    Mentor: Janet S. Lee 

  13. Eleana Guardado, PhD     
    University of California, Riverside
    Mentor: Tara M. Nordgren, PhD

  14. Joy Gullo, BS  
    University of Connecticut School of Medicine             
    Mentor: Phillippe Cunningham, MD
  15. Lauren Heine, BS             
    Michigan State University          
    Mentor: Jack R Harkema

  16. Julio Huapaya, MD   
    University of Maryland           
    Mentor: Irina Timofte

  17. Jose Magranger, MPH              
    San Diego State University          
    Mentor: Eyal Oren 
  18. Horacio Maldonado Lorca, MD 
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill          
    Mentor: James Hagood

  19. Jorge Masso Silva, PhD               
    University of California San Diego    
    Mentor: Laura E Crotty Alexander 

  20. David Moreno McNeill, MD   
    Baylor College of Medicine 
    Mentor: Manuel Silva-Carmona 

  21. Zerihun Negasi, PhD    
    Harvard University, Harvard Medical School               
    Mentor: Yohanes Tesfaigzi
  22. Omolara Olabisi, MS  
    Ann & RObert H. Lurie Children's Hospital Chicago   
    Mentor: Debra Weese-Mayer 
  23. Oyinkansola Osobamiro, MD          
    University of Washington              
    Mentor: Kristina Crothers, MD

  24. Rafael Paez, MD    
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center             
    Mentor: Pierre P. Massion 

  25. Mallory Perry, PhD, RN                
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia     
    Mentor: Martha AQ Curley, MD 
  26. Josly Pierre-Louis, BS
    Virginia Commonwealth University   
    Mentor: Patricia Jane Sime
  27. Leslie Seijo, MD              
    University of California, San Francisco
    Mentor: Neeta Thakur 

  28. Noah Siegel, BS              
    University of California, Davis           
    Mentor: Lisa A. Miller 
  29. Walter Velasco Torrez, MD     
    MD Anderson Cancer Center      
    Mentor: Seyed Moghaddam
  30. Deena Yousif, MD
    Children's Hospital Los Angeles          
    Mentor: Roberta Kato