Manuel Castella is a cardiovascular surgeon and Chief of cardiac surgery section at Hospital Clínic, University of Barcelona, Spain. He graduated from medical school at the Autonomus University of Barcelona in 1992, and received the degree in cardiovascular surgery by the University of Barcelona in 1998. Following a year as Senior Resident at Herzzentrum Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, Dr Castella was Research Fellow from 2000 to 2002 at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of California Los Angeles under the direction of Gerald D Buckberg. Dr Castella was appointed as Consultant at the Hospital Clinic in July 2001, becoming Chief of the Cardiac Surgery Unit in September 2009 and Associate Professor of Surgery in the University of Barcelona in July 2011. Dr Castella became a Doctor in Surgery by the University of Barcelona in June 2006 by his research in cardiac and brain ischemia-reperfusion injury studies. Specialist experience includes intra-thoracic transplantation, mechanical circulatory support including ventricular assist devices, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, mitral repair, aortic root surgery and minimally invasive atrial fibrillation surgery.