Professor Julian Smith, a cardiothoracic surgeon, has been Professor and Head of the Department of Surgery (School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health) at Monash University and Head of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Monash Health (Monash Medical Centre) since 2001. He has recently completed a full-term as a Councillor of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and is a past-President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons. He is currently President of the Australian and New Zealand Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. His main clinical and research interests are in less invasive cardiac surgery, robotically assisted surgery, mechanical support of the circulation, cardiothoracic surgery audit/databases, clinical trials in cardiac surgery, the use of evidence based medicine by surgeons and in surgical education. He has been awarded multiple NHMRC and ARC grants totalling in excess of $10.5 million and has over 300 peer-reviewed publications. He is a past-recipient of the John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons for an outstanding contribution to surgical research and was recently amongst the first cohort of graduates to receive the Master of Surgical Education degree from the University of Melbourne. In addition, he is an experienced company director having held a number of board positions within the healthcare and education sectors.