Pierantonio Russo, MD, FCPP, FAAP, is the senior vice president of medical affairs for HVH. An experienced cardiac surgeon, Pierantonio also has served as a health care executive at national payer organizations. From 1988 to 2007, he held academic, clinical, and administrative leadership positions including his role as chief of cardiac surgery and heart transplantation; director of the Heart Institute; and director of the cardiac intensive care unit at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Pierantonio also served as chief of cardiac surgery and surgical director of the cardiac intensive care unit at the University of Missouri Hospital. In addition, Pierantonio spent more than 10 years in senior medical positions at Independence Blue Cross and Harvard Pilgrim payer systems and as Chief Medical Officer at a BCBSA backed Population Health Organization. Previous academic positions include those in surgery and pediatrics at University of Missouri, as well as at Philadelphia-based Temple Medical School, Thomas Jefferson Medical College, and Allegheny University of the Health Sciences. Pierantonio also held academic positions in postgraduate master’s of business administration programs at the Wharton School of Business (international Program) and at Harvard Medical School, where he lectured on the topic of population medicine. Active within a variety of professional organizations, Pierantonio is a fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and serves as a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. In addition to being the first author/co-author of 55 peer-reviewed publications, Pierantonio has authored meeting abstracts and presented at professional medical societies worldwide. He also sits on the advisory board of various health care organizations. Pierantonio attended Bologna Medical School and continued his training in cardiovascular surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.