Dr Loforte is currently staff surgeon and co-chair of mechanical circulatory support program at the Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery, S. Orsola Hospital, Bologna University, Italy. He completed his cardiothoracic surgery recidency at the University of Bologna, S. Orsola Hospital (Italy), at St. Antonius Ziekenhuis, Nieuwegein (the Netherlands) and the Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin (Germany). He additionally joined the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Division of Transplant and Assist Devices, in Houston, Texas, USA. Dr Loforte is member of a number of professional organizations including the prestigious STS, ISHLT, ASAIO, EACTS, RHICS, SICCH among others. His biobliography lists over 60 peer-reviewed original articles, 180 abstracts (communications) for international meetings, 10 book chapters and 1 manual. He serves as a reviewer for 21 international journals and is on the editorial board in 9. He got a ‘European PhD label’ in Organ Transplantation and three international awards in Europe and USA.