Francesco Maisano graduated MD in 1990 and underwent his cardiac surgery specialization in 1995. He has been a staff surgeon at San Raffaele Hospital, (Chief. Prof. Ottavio Alfieri) since 1997 and underwent interventional cross training with Antonio Colombo since 2004. Currently he is Director of the Transcatheter Valve Interventions program at the San Raffaele Hospital. He is a member of EACTS, of the ESC, of the ISMICS and other associations including ANMCO and SICCH and serves on the EACTS Postgraduate Education Committee, the New Technology Resource Group, the endovascular Surgery resorce group, the Adult Cardiac Surgery domain. Is editorial board or reviewer of several journals. Has several collaborations with major Companies (Edwards, Medtronic, St Jude, Nycomed) as well as with start-up companies (Micardia, Valtech). Has extensive experience in preclinical and clinical research in cardiovascular medicine. Holds several patents, and is coinventor of devices in the market. Is actively involved in education. His research interests are in mitral disease, mathematical models, bioengineering, telemedicine, off-pump, evaluation of new devices, animal lab experience, transcatheter and endovascular surgery.