Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Brandi Braud-Scully and her mentor Dr. Jeffrey S. Heinle.

Dr. Scully Selected for Hecht-Levi Fellowship in Bioethics


April 18, 2019

Brandi Braud-Scully, M.D., M.S. has recently been granted a two-year post-doctoral Hecht-Levi Fellowship in bioethics at the Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics. The purpose of this fellowship is to foster the next generation of bioethics scholars, granting protected time for research and publication. Hecht-Levi Fellows have the opportunity to pursue subjects of personal interest related to bioethics, and work in both mentored and collaborative relationships.

Dr. Scully is a recent graduate of the general surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine and a current fellow in cardiothoracic surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has been conducting research with the Congenital Heart Surgery team at Texas Children's Hospital since 2004. Her research interests include bioengineering of heart tissues, pediatric heart failure, and pediatric heart and lung transplantation. The ethical challenges surrounding informed consent, medical decision making, novel therapies, and medical uncertainty have largely defined her academic inquiry, and as a Hecht-Levi Postdoctoral Fellow she plans to build upon her prior work at the intersection of cardiothoracic surgery and ethics.

Her research year mentor while at Baylor was Dr. Jeffrey S. Heinle, associate professor of surgery at Baylor, associate chief of Congenital Heart Surgery, surgical director of Heart and Lung Transplant, and the Brad and Melissa Juneau Endowed Chair at Texas Children's Hospital. During their work together they collaborated with Dr. E. Dean McKenzie, professor of surgery and pediatrics in the Division of Congenital Heart Surgery, associate director of the Congenital Heart Surgery Fellowship Program at Baylor and associate surgeon of Congenital Heart Surgery at Texas Children's Hospital, Dr. George Mallory, professor of pediatrics in pulmonology and medical director of lung transplantation, and Dr. Ernestina Melicoff-Portillo, assistant professor of pediatrics in pulmonology. Together they developed a data analytics platform to improve patient care in pediatric lung transplantation and guide decision making in an increasingly complex patient population.

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