Michael Borger is the Director of the University Clinic for Cardiac Surgery at the Leipzig Heart Center, one of the largest cardiac surgery centers in Europe. He took over the position in 2017 from his friend and mentor, Fred Mohr. He finished his cardiac surgery training and PhD in 2001 in Toronto, Canada, under the mentorship of Tirone David. Dr. Borger's clinical and research interests include aortic surgery, minimal invasive and percutaneous valve procedures, aortic and mitral valve repair surgery, and ischemic mitral regurgitation. He is an author on over 500 peer-reviewed publications and sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, and AORTA. He is a former Associate Editor for the European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Structural Heart: The Journal of the Heart Team.