Bob Bonow (Figure) was born in Camden, New Jersey, on March 11, 1947, and grew up in the suburbs of New York City. He graduated magna cum laude from Lehigh University in chemical engineering in 1969 and from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1973. His medical internship and residency were at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. From 1976 until 1992, Dr. Bonow was in the Cardiology Branch of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1992 he moved to Chicago to be the Goldberg Distinguished Professor of Cardiology and chief of the Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He recently was president of the American Heart Association. Dr. Bonow is one of the world’s outstanding cardiologists. He is a superb clinician, a splendid clinical investigator, and a marvelous teacher. He is the author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed publications and recently became one of the 4 editors of Braunwald’s Heart Disease textbook. He was the chair of the first and second American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) committees for writing guidelines for management of patients with valvular heart disease. Dr. Bonow gave medical ground rounds at Baylor University Medical Center BUMC) on September 14, 2004, and discussed indications for operative therapy in patients with aortic stenosis, aortic regurgitation, and mitral regurgitation. Thereafter, Bob and I had a discussion on valvular heart disease.