Jon Kobashigawa, MD, is associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, director of the Advanced Heart Disease Section, director of the Heart Transplant Program and professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai. He holds the DSL/Thomas D. Gordon Chair in Heart Transplantation Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and earned his medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He is a past president of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, past chair of the American College of Cardiology Committee on Heart Failure and Transplantation, and past member of the United Network of Organ Sharing National Thoracic Committee. Kobashigawa is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in heart transplantation. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and monographs in the field of heart failure and transplantation and has chaired several multicenter clinical studies. Kobashigawa has organized and chaired several International Consensus Conferences to discuss pertinent questions regarding heart failure and heart transplant. He lectures at universities around the world and has mentored several young physicians who have ascended to important academic positions throughout the country.