Fausto J Pinto, MD, PhD, FESC, FACC, FASE, FSCAI, is a Professor of Cardiology at Lisbon University Medical School and a Senior Consultant at the University Hospital of Santa Maria. He also serves as Director of the Lisbon Cardiovascular Institute. Professor Pinto serves or has served as President of the Association for Research and Development of the Faculty of Medicine (2004–2010), Chairman of the Congress Programme Committee of the European Society of Cardiology (2008–2010), President and Founder of the European Association of Echocardiography (2002–2004), and Councillor of the European Society of Cardiology (2004– 2006). In addition, he serves on the Editorial Board of several international journals and is Editor in Chief of the Portuguese Journal of Cardiology. Professor Pinto graduated from Lisbon University Medical School in 1984 and completed his cardiology fellowship at Santa Maria University Hospital in Lisbon and Stanford University Medical School, where he stayed for four years as a post-doctoral fellow and then as clinical attending in the echocardiography laboratory.