Tonino Bombardini, MD, PhD, FESC Born in 1953; degree in medicine (1981). PhD in Biomedical Research, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa; Cardiology degree, University of Bologna; Biomedical Technology degree, University of Bologna. Cardiology Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas and Trondheim University Hospital, Norway. Researcher, Heart and Lung Transplant Unit, University of Bologna. Associate Researcher of the Institute of Clinical Physiology, National Council of Research. Author of more than 40 articles on international peer-reviewed journals. He published as first author in European Heart Journal, Heart, European Journal of Heart Failure, American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of Nuclear Cardiology, Journal of American Society of Echocardiography, International Journal of Cardiology, Pacing Clinical Electrophysiology, and Cardiovascular Ultrasound. He developed methods to save blood and to avoid transfusion in major surgery (IRCCS Codivilla-Putti Bologna). He developed a new method to assess contractility in the stress echo lab. He developed a new method to expand donor pool in heart transplantation. He is inventor of a Catheter system for performing intramyocardiac therapeutic treatment (US Patent 2004024371-A1). He is inventor of a method and device for the diagnosis and therapy of chronic heart failure (US Patent 6,859,662 2005). Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC).