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VA Maryland Health Care Surgeon Receives Wylie Scholar Award for Vascular Cures

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Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) September 04, 2013

Dr. Thomas S. Monahan, an attending surgeon at the Baltimore VA Medical Center and an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is the recipient of a 2013 Wylie Scholar Award in Academic Surgery to Vascular Cures. The annual Vascular Cures Wylie Scholar Award consists of a three-year, $150,000 grant given to the most promising vascular surgeon-scientists in North America, who are dedicated to an academic career combining their clinical practice with original, innovative basic laboratory or clinical research.

Dr. Monahan discovered a protein associated with pathologic scarring, or intimal hyperplasia, that can occur after any cardiovascular bypass surgery, or stent placement. The research−to be funded by the Wylie scholarship−will involve looking for ways to block that protein. With more than 81 million Americans suffering from cardiovascular disease, resulting in more than a million cardiovascular bypass operations and angioplasty procedures each year, the scarring issue can lead to thrombosis, which, in turn, limits the durability of all the cardiovascular interventions.

“We’re excited that one of our surgeons has been selected as a Wylie Scholar,” says Dennis H. Smith, director of the VA Maryland Health Care System. “The Wylie Scholar Awardees are destined to become leaders in vascular surgery, and we are thrilled that our Veteran patients benefit from the level of excellence Dr. Monahan brings to bear throughout our health care system. Dr. Monahan is a full-time VA employee, and this award speaks volumes about our collaborations with our academic partner, the University of Maryland School of Medicine.”

“This work will provide the necessary foundation for future experiments that can translate into prevention for human disease,” Monahan says.

Dr. Monahan will be honored in San Francisco at the Wylie Scholar Award dinner on Sept. 28.

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