Jolanda Kluin started her medical training at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1989. In June 1996 she obtained her medical degree cum laude. From August 1996 until October 1998 she worked as a PhD student on the project: “Photodynamic therapy for Barrett’s oesophagus with use of 5-aminolevulinic acid”. In December 1999 she received her PhD degree cum laude. During her last year as a PhD student she was offered a post-doctoral position at the Laser Centre of the University College London. However, her ambition led her to the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery of the Erasmus MC Rotterdam. In 2006, she finished her residency cardiothoracic surgery. From 2006 to 2014 Jolanda Kluin worked as a staff cardiothoracic surgeon at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University Medical Center Utrecht. Since 2015, she works at the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam as congenital cardiac surgeon. In 2018 she became a professor in Translational cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Amsterdam. Her main interests are grown up congenital heart (GUCH) cardiac surgery, mitral valve surgery, reconstructive surgery of the aortic valve and the thoracic aorta. Next to her clinical tasks she started a new line of research in translational cardiothoracic surgery, including tissue-engineering of heart valves, valve pathophysiology and the development of a hybrid soft robotic total artificial heart. She is the chair of the EACTS Women in Cardiothoracic Surgery Committee.