Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia (CVSA)

Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia

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Mission Statement

Council members are American Heart Association (AHA) volunteers. The Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia (CVSA) includes surgeons, anesthesiologists and scientists interested in cardiac, vascular and thoracic interventions.  The council is involved in a full range of American Heart Association activities, including basic science and clinical trials.  Specific goals of the council are to improve application of established surgical procedures and anesthetic techniques, increase awareness of new issues in the field of cardiovascular surgery and anesthesia, and disseminate new knowledge to increase the number of patients who may benefit from safer and more effective surgical treatment.  All cardiovascular surgeons, thoracic surgeons, anesthesiologists and other professional colleagues are encouraged to become council members. 

Learn more about becoming a member of the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia today.

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CVSA Awards, Lectures & Scholarships



Message from the Chair
The Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia continues to work on improving and fostering education, research and clinical care of patients undergoing cardiovascular surgery.


Awards, Lectures & Scholarships
The CVSA council proudly sponsors numerous award programs which honor outstanding researchers, early career investigators or medical students.


Fellowship provides a means to recognize council members for outstanding contributions to the field and service to the American Heart Association (AHA). 

Additional Resources
Find out more about the CVSA Council.



Council Committees
The CVSA is comprised of professionals who serve as experts on issues related to cardiovascular surgery and anesthesia in cardiovascular disease.

Early Career
The CVSA council fosters the development of early career professionals, including research scientists and clinicians.
CVSA Mentoring Program

Funding Opportunities
The method for applying for funding is Web-based, using our electronic system, Grants@Heart


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The purpose of the American Heart Association's Early Career and Mentoring programs is to encourage and assist promising students and junior faculty as they seek to embark upon and establish successful careers in science.

Discover the many opportunities that AHA offers by visiting Early Career Development & Resources. Opportunities include networking, grant funding, travel grants, awards and more.

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• Affiliate with one of 16 Scientific Councils.
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