Dr. Roberto Canessa graduated from the University of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay with a degree in cardiology and pediatric cardiology. He was awarded the Premio Nacional in Medicine in 1986 and the Gran Premio in Medicine in 1991 and 1999. Roberto currently is a prominent pediatric cardiologist in Uruguay, where he works at the Hospital Italiano as director of the Department of Cardiac Ultrasound and the Department of Prenatal Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Diseases. He teaches postgraduate courses in Pediatric Cardiology at the Uruguay Faculty of Medicine, and directs non-invasive evaluation for the Heart Transplant Donors Program as well as research in the Fetal Cardiology program. In June 14 2015, Dr. Canessa was named Honorary Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE). Dr. Canessa has spoken at numerous universities and organizations throughout the world, including: Harvard University, MIT Sloan School of Management, The Wharton School, The Royal College of Surgeons (England), the America Heart Association's William J. Rashkind Memorial Lecture, the Mannheim Conference of the 46th Congress of the European Association of Congenital Cardiologists (Istanbul), Daicoff Lecture Chicago, Max Planck Institute (Germany), Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons Annual Meeting (New York).He has also been a motivational speaker, addressing various groups, including: Chargeurs en Francia, HSBC, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark, Pepsico, Prudential, Mars, Coca-Cola, IBM, Oracle, General Motors,Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Astra Zeneca, Abbott.