Joseph Woo, M.D. serves as the Norman E. Shumway Professor and Chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Bioengineering. He received his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania where he also conducted his postgraduate surgical training in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Woo has an active clinical practice, performing 300 pump cases/year focusing on complex cardiac valve repair, aortic surgery, cardiopulmonary transplantation, and minimally-invasive surgery, and has advanced these fields by developing several innovative operations. Dr. Woo currently leads a basic science research lab studying stem cells, angiogenesis, tissue engineering, and valvular biomechanics and is funded via two NIH R01 grants. He has held continuous NIH funding since 2004. He has co-authored over 380 peer-reviewed publications.