Peter J. Schwartz, MD is the Director of the Center for Cardiac Arrhythmias of Genetic Origin and of the Cardiovascular Genetics Laboratory at the Istituto Auxologico Italiano, IRCCS, Milan, Italy; Extraordinary Professor in Internal Medicine at the University of Stellenbosch; Honorary Professor at the Department of Medicine of the University of Cape Town, South Africa and Member of the Hatter Research Institute. From 1995 to 2013 he was Professor and Chairman of Cardiology at the University of Pavia, Italy. His major areas of interest and expertise are the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and life-threatening arrhythmias, the long QT syndrome (LQTS), and risk stratification for sudden death. In the 70s and 80s he developed the experimental rationale for left cardiac sympathetic denervation which, after his multiple large clinical studies, is now currently used worldwide for high risk patients. He contributed to all aspects of LQTS of which he is recognized as the leading expert (he sees 2-3 LQTS families almost every day). He received numerous prestigious awards, including named lectures, among which: the “Grüntzig lecture” of the European Society of Cardiology (1993). the “Paul Dudley White International Lecture” of the American Heart Association (1994); the “Michel Mirowski Award” (1995); the ”Distinguished Scientist Award 2001” by NASPE/HRS; the “Fondation Lefoulon-Delalande-Institut de France Grand Prix Scientifique” (2019) which, for cardiovascular medicine, is regarded as the highest award second only to the Nobel Prize. He is the only European investigator funded by the NIH, without interruption, from 1974 to 2017. Prof. Schwartz serves the leading cardiology journals as a member of the Editorial Board. He is the International Associate Editor for Basic Sciences for the European Heart Journal. He has authored 1541 publications including 12 books, 167 chapters, and 592 original articles. His Impact Factor in the period 1969-2018 is 3415, and his current h-index is 124 (source: Scopus – February 7th, 2020).