Dr. Vivek Rao is a Professor of Surgery at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Toronto General Hospital where he is the Surgical Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support program. He previously served as Division Head from 2011-2021. Dr. Rao completed his medical and surgical training at the University of Toronto prior to completing a fellowship in cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at New York’s Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. In addition to performing a wide variety of cardiac surgical procedures, Dr. Rao is a recognized expert in heart failure surgery. He currently serves as a committee chair for the NIH/CIHR sponsored Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network.