Rimantas Benetis
professor, PhD, cardiac surgeon, Rector of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Head of Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Honorary Professor of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The professor was a leader of the cardiac surgery team which completed the first heart transplantation in Kaunas and the first lung and heart-lung transplantation in the Baltic States. He received following awards: the Cross of the Officer of the Order for Merits to Lithuania, the Cross of the Officer of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas. Professor is a member of the Lithuanian Society of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, member of the European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS), member of the European Valve Repair Group (EVRG), ect.