In January 2020, cardiac surgeon Amy Fiedler got the exciting news that she’d been selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar. She started the program taking two of several planned trips to presidential centers to learn from former presidents, key former administration officials, business and civic leaders, and leading academics—and then the pandemic hit.
Despite the disruption, Dr. Fiedler is continuing to work on the major focus of the program: creating a personal leadership project intended to solve a problem in her community, country or the world. She is partnering with the non-profit Team Heart to establish the first cardiac surgical unit in Rwanda. Read the full article from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, part of their series focusing on SMPH members who received national awards during the 2019-20 academic year.