Dr. Loforte is currently staff surgeon and chair of the Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) program at the Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery, S. Orsola University Hospital, IRCCS Bologna, Italy. He completed his cardiothoracic surgery training at the University of Bologna, S. Orsola Hospital (Italy), at St. Antonius Ziekenhuis, Nieuwegein (the Netherlands) and the Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin (Germany). He additionally joined Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Division of Transplant and Assist Devices, in Houston, Texas, USA. Dr. Loforte is active member of several professional organizations including the prestigious EACTS, STS, ISHLT, ASAIO, ISMCS, RHICS, ELSO, ESOT, SICCH, among others. His scientific research focuses mostly on Heart Transplantation and MCS issues. He serves as a reviewer for several international Journals and is part of the editorial board in 10 of them. He is Associate Editor for Artificial Organs ‘Implantable MCS Section’. He belongs to the ISHLT ‘Standard and Guidelines’ committee, ISHLT Cardiogenic Task Force and ISHLT MCS operative committee (co-Chair). He received a ‘European Ph.D. label’ in Organ Transplantation and several international awards in Europe and USA. Recently, Dr. Loforte has been appointed as President-elect of ISMCS (formerly ISRBP).