André Simon is Director of Heart and Lung transplantation and ventricular assist devices and Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He also holds a position as an honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College. Mr Simon trained at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany, the Harvard Medical School, USA and the Hannover Medical School, Germany, where he qualified as a cardiac and thoracic surgeon. He worked as an attending Cardiac Surgeon at Hannover Medical School from 2003 to 2010 and was the Director of the Hannover Thoracic Transplant Program in 2007-2010. In 2009-2010 he was the Director at European Academy for Organ Transplantation (EUCAT) at the Integrated Research and Treatment Center, founded in 2009. Dr Simon’s scientific interests include transplantation immunology, cardiac imaging and ventricular assist devices. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, reviews and editorials. He is also a member of several international associations and societies including; the European Society of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, the International Xenotransplantation Association, the American Society of Transplantation and the German Society of Cardiology.