Philippe Pibarot is Full Professor at the Department of Medicine of Laval University, Canada. He also serves as Director of the Research Group in Valvular Heart Diseases at the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute. He received his doctorate from the University Claude Bernard, France, and his PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Montreal, Canada. Dr Pibarot has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Annual Achievement Award of the Canadian Society of Echocardiography, and the Research Achievement Award of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. His key interests include valvular heart diseases, cardiovascular surgery, heart valve diseases, and pulmonary hypertension.