Assoc.-Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Konrad Hoetzenecker, PhD is a member of the surgical faculty of the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Medical University of Vienna. His main focus of research and primary clinical interest lies in lung transplantation and airway surgery. He is heading a research group since 2010 and has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and reviews. He is a board member of the Austrian Society of Transplantation, Transfusion and Genetics and has recently been appointed an editorial board member of the Journal of Thoracic Disease. Konrad has been awarded a number of prizes and grants including the Graham memorial travelling fellowship from the American Association of Thoracic Surgery, which is granted annually to a non-American future leader in the field of cardiac/thoracic surgery.