Dr. Michael S. Firstenberg is a board-certified thoracic surgeon. He is the current Director of Research and Special Projects for the William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance. Previously, he was Chief of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at the Medical Center of Aurora and Rose Hospitals. He currently holds appointments in the Colleges of Medicine and Graduate Studies at Northeast Ohio Medical University. He attended Case Western Reserve University Medical School, received his General Surgery training at University Hospitals in Cleveland, and completed Fellowships at The Ohio State University (Thoracic Surgery) and The Cleveland Clinic (Surgical Heart Failure). He is an active member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), American Association of Thoracic Surgeons (AATS), the American College of Cardiology (ACC), and the American College of Academic International Medicine (ACAIM – for which he is a Founding Fellow and President-elect). He also currently serves on several professional society committees. He is the author of well over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters. He has edited several textbooks on topics ranging from Medical Leadership, Patient Safety, Endocarditis, and Extra-corporeal Membrane Oxygenation – all of which include topics that he has lectured on world-wide.