Ardawan Julian Rastan is Staff Cardiac Surgeon at the Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Heart Center Leipzig. He has specialised in off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery as a routine approach for patients with complex cardiac and extra-cardiac morbidity. He has authored and coauthored more than 100 scientific publications, including over 50 peer-reviewed original articles, with special focus on beating heart coronary bypass surgery, valvular diseases and stem cell research for ischaemic cardiomyopathy. Dr Rastan is a Fellow of the German Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (DGTHG) and the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery (EACTS) and a member of the working group on extracorporeal circulation and mechanical assist systems of the DGTHG. He is a scientific reviewer for more than 10 clinical and experimental journals.