Edward Chen Honored with TSRA's 2019 Socrates Teaching Award

January 2019

Edward Chen, MD, professor of surgery in the Emory Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, will be formally presented with the 2019 Socrates Award at the Thoracic Surgery Residents' Association (TSRA) Annual Meeting, scheduled on January 29 during the 55th Annual Meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in San Diego.

The Socrates Award is given annually by the TSRA to an outstanding faculty member in cardiothoracic surgery in recognition of his or her commitment to resident education and mentorship. Each year, cardiothoracic surgery residents across North America nominate a faculty member for the award who has demonstrated a remarkable interest in resident training, both inside and outside the operating room.

Dr. Chen's position as a valued educator, clinician, author, and presenter is informed by his status as a national and international leader in aortic surgery known for performing highly complex cardiac operations. He is also widely acknowledged for his innovative work in circulation management and cerebral protection in aortic arch surgery as well as his command of thoracic aortic procedures, surgical treatment of valvular heart disease, and reoperative cardiac surgery.

Since joining Emory Surgery in 2004, Dr. Chen has mentored over 40 cardiothoracic surgery residents, who have adopted his surgical techniques in aortic surgery and valvular heart disease and introduced them into their own practices. He has also supervised numerous residents during their clinical research projects. Additionally, he has proctored various current and former Emory cardiothoracic surgery faculty members in minimally invasive valve procedures and mentored junior faculty on complex aortic surgical techniques.