Mariano E. Brizzio, MD PhD is a Faculty member at Columbia University\'s College of Physicians & Surgeons. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dr Brizzio received his medical degree from the University Of Buenos Aires School Of Medicine in 1989. He completed extensive training in general and cardiovascular surgery in various medical institutions in Buenos Aires, including residencies in general surgery at the Hospital Churruca-Visca and in cardiovascular surgery at the Instituto Sacre Coeur in 1993 and 1995 respectively, followed by a research fellowship in cardiovascular surgery and the subsequent completion of his PhD degree in 1996. In 2003 he moved to the United States where he completed his fellowship in advance cardiothoracic surgery at the renowned Cleveland Clinic. This was followed three years later whenhe joined Columbia University in New York to continue his clinical and research career in cardiovascular surgery. Dr Brizzio has participated in clinical research in the developing of an artificial heart, minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgery, coronary artery disease and blood conservation techniques.