Bernard Gersh is Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Consultant in Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine. His past positions include The W. Proctor Harvey Teaching Professor of Cardiology and Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Gersh received his MB, ChB, from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Dr. Gersh’s wide interests include the natural history and therapy of acute and chronic coronary artery disease, clinical electrophysiology and in particular atrial fibrillation, sudden cardiac death and syncope, cardiac stem cell therapy, and the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease in the developing world. He has approximately 1266 publications (1117 manuscripts and 149 book chapters). (h-index 141). In 2014 and 2015 he was named in the Thomson Reuters list of individuals with the greatest number of cited scientific papers 2002-2012. Dr. Gersh was the 2004 recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award of the AHA Council of Clinical Cardiology and the 2007 recipient of the ACC Distinguished Service Award. , the Hatter Award for “Advancement in the Cardiovascular Science” from University College London and the University of Cape Town 2009 and 2016 He received the degree of Ph.D. (honoris causa) from The University of Coimbra, Portugal in 2005. Dr. Gersh is the recipient of the 2012 James B. Herrick award of the AHA, and in 2013 he was designated Master of the American College of Cardiology. At ESC in 2013 he was designated as one of four “legends of modern cardiology”. Dr. Gersh is the 2015 recipient of the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award, the Rene Laennec invited Lecture and Silver Medal of the ESC (2010), and received the Gold Medal of the ESC in August 2016. Dr. Gersh is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Scientist Award of the American Heart (AHA).