Lars Georg Svensson is the Chairman of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute as well as Staff Surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. He is also Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Svensson is board-certified in general, vascular, thoracic and cardiac surgery. He specialises in aortic valve surgery, aortic valve and bicuspid valve repair, cardiac surgery, complex aortic aneurysm, endovascular aorta treatment, heart surgery of patients with Marfan Syndrome, modified David’s reimplantation procedure, percutaneous treatment of patients with valve disease, minimally invasive heart surgery, Marfan syndrome and connective tissue disorders. He obtained his medical degree in 1978, a MSc in 1983 and a PhD in 1986 from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his Cardiology, General and Vascular Surgery training at the Johannesburg Hospital, followed by Cardiovascular Surgery training at the Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio), and Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX) including Cardiothoracic Surgery residency. He was Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center and worked with Drs. DeBakey and Crawford at Baylor College of Medicine. He was Assistant Professor of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, and then Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Tufts University, and Instructor at Harvard Medical School while working at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Boston. In 2005 he was made King James IV Professor of Surgery of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is on numerous committees, including the Society of Thoracic Surgery, American Association for Thoracic Surgery Government Relations Committee, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and the Cleveland Clinic Surgery Committee. His interests are minimal invasive valve surgery, percutaneous cardiovascular surgery, and brain and spinal cord protection during cardiovascular surgery.