Dr. Sam Tyagi earns research award from national Vascular Surgery society

Dr. Sam Tyagi, a member of the Vascular Surgery faculty in the UK Department of Surgery, was named the recipient of the 2020 Early Career Faculty Research Award from the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society (VESS) on February 1.

Dr. Tyagi’s research proposal, “The Effect of Phosphodiasterase Inhibitors on BAPN-Induced Aortic Dissection,” was recognized for its potential to “understand the influence of various medication effects on changes in the pathology of [aortic] aneurysms.”

The research, Dr. Tyagi explained, will examine the effect of certain vasoactive medications to protect the aorta from forming a dissection and protecting the aorta after a dissection occur to prevent further complications and death. An aortic dissection is a serious vascular event in which layers of the aortic wall tear, allowing blood to flow between its layers.

Tyagi receives award

In addition to the honor from peers, the VESS research award carries with it a cash prize of $22,500 to be used as research support for the project.

The award was officially announced at the 2020 VESS winter meeting during the morning awards session. Dr. Tyagi will also be expected to make a presentation in 2021 outlining preliminary results and how the VESS award assisted him.