Yuanjia Zhu receives TSDA Benson R. Wilcox award


Dr. Zhu presented her study titled "Bilateral versus Single Internal Mammary Artery Grafts for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery in the United States – A Study of Over One Million Patients" as an oral presentation at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons 56th Annual Meeting in New Orleans in 2020 and received the highly prestigious Thoracic Surgery Directors Association Benson R. Wilcox Award from the President of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Dr. Robert Higgins, and the President of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association, Dr. Ara Vaporciyan, in recognition of her outstanding research endeavors and presentation on this study.  

In this study, Dr. Zhu used the Medicare database and investigated patients who underwent primary isolated coronary artery bypass surgery using the single or bilateral internal mammary artery from 1999 to 2010 in the U.S. Using a propensity score matching methodology, she found that primary isolated coronary artery bypass surgery using the bilateral internal mammary artery rather than the single internal mammary artery was associated with improved long-term survival, and this survival advantage was independent of aortocoronary bypass grafts or patient diabetes status.

Dr. Yuanjia Zhu