Roberto Lorusso graduated in 1987 as medical doctor at the University of Milan, Italy, and he obtained his degree of cardiovascular surgeon in 1993. PhD research and degree in1998 at the Maastricht University on surgical alternatives to heart transplantation in dilated cardiomyopathy. EACTS Young Investigator’s Award in 1995, Director of the EACTS School from 2007 to 2012, founder of the EACTS Young Membership and Committee, Editor-in-Chief of the EACTS MultiMedia Manual of cardio-Thoracic Surgery. Deputy Director of the Cardio-Thoracic Surgery Department of the Maastricht University Medical Centre. Founder and Past-President of EuroELSO, Past-Member of the ELSO Executive Board, and Chair-Elect of the Cardiovascular Surgery Working Group of the European Society of Cardiology. His areas of interest are mechanical circulatory support, cardiac failure and arrest, valve and coronary surgery, education and training, pre-clinical and clinical research.