Peyman Sardari Nia obtained his MD from University of Antwerp, Belgium. He did his residency in general surgery in Antwerp and ran, at the same time, a research lab at the university. He obtained his PhD in medical sciences in January 2009 at University of Antwerp and his specialist registration in surgery in September 2009. Peyman was awarded the Pfizer educational prize in 2009; a prize given to a young specialist for excellence in clinical, scientific and surgical qualities during the whole residency of all the surgical specialties. He did his cardiothoracic training at St Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. Peyman has received multiple awards for his research, notably the American Association of Cancer Research scholar-in-training award, European Association of cardiothoracic surgery Young Investigator award and EACTS Techno-college award for his invention of the high-fidelity endoscopic mitral valve surgery simulator. He has been EACTS councilor and has been a member of different EACTS committees since 2008. He is the associate editor of European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery (EJCTS). Peyman is an all-around cardiothoracic surgeon with special interest in surgery for lung cancer and minimal invasive adult cardiac surgery. He is the founder and director of the EACTS courses in minimal invasive techniques in adult cardiac surgery and endoscopic mitral valve repair.