Pavel Zacek, MD, PhD, graduated from Faculty of Medicine Hradec Kralove, Charles University, Czech Republic, in 1984. He started his career in cardiac surgery in 1987. Currently, he is Professor and Vice-Head of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at University Hospital Hradec Kralove. His fields of interest are heart valve surgery, namely valve-sparing surgery, coronary surgery. Besides many papers, he is a co-author of several monographs on cardiac surgery.