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Professor Silvana Marasco is a cardiothoracic surgeon at The Alfred and Epworth hospitals, in Melbourne, Australia. She is the Director of the Cardiothoracic Unit at The Alfred where she performs the full spectrum of adult cardiac and thoracic surgery including heart and lung transplantation and mechanical assist device implantation. She has a Master of Surgery and Master of Bioethics, and has also completed her PhD on rib fixation which is a focus of much of her research. Other research interests include transplant outcomes and innovative techniques, for which she has received over $6M in funding and has published over 170 articles and book chapters.