Marco Picichè (MD, Ph.D.) graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Florence in 1995 and completed his cardiac surgery residency at the Tor Vergata University of Rome in 2000, both summa cum laude. He has worked as an assistant at Saint Luc Hospital, Catholic University of Louvain, Brussels (1999–2001), as a clinic head/hospital assistant at the universities of Clermont-Ferrand (2003–2004) and Montpellier (2004–2007), and he attended a research and clinical fellowship at the Québec Heart & Lung Institute, Laval University, Canada (2007–2009). He held regular teaching appointments at the university of Montpellier school of medicine, obtained certification by the French Board in cardiac surgery (Paris, 2007), earned his research master in surgical science (Paris, 2007), and received a university diploma in vascular surgery (Paris, 2007). In March 2007 he presented research on the history of cardiac surgery in Narbonne, France, and he had the privilege of being asked to give the presentation to the French Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, which is published on the Society’s website at http://www.sfctcv.net/pages/college.php (‘‘Dossiers’’). In May 2009 he had the honor of opening the 44th Congress of the European Society for Surgical Research with a lecture on ‘‘The history of surgical research.’’ In Canada he authored a research project on ‘‘Noncoronary collateral circulation,’’ which was submitted to the annual research competition at Québec Heart & Lung Institute, Laval University, and received the competition’s highest grant. Since 1998 he has written many publications and has worked as a guest reviewer for several international leading journals. He is a member of the International Committee of the French Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. In September 2011 he received a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in therapeutic innovations from Paris-Sud University. In Italy he has worked as a cardiac surgeon at San Bortolo Hospital in Vicenza (2001–2002; 2009–2012). Currently he is a cardiac surgeon at San Filippo Neri Hospital in Rome.