Sándor J. Kovács Jr. earned his BS in analytical engineering at Cornell University and he studied theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology, where he earned his PhD in 1977. He earned his MD from the University of Miami in 1979. Following his internship, residency, and cardiology fellowship at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, he joined the Department of Internal Medicine at Washington University as a member of the Cardiovascular Division. Professor Kovács is Director of the Cardiovascular Biophysics Laboratory, which he founded in 1990. His research focuses on theoretical and applied problems in human cardiovascular physiology and biophysics using physical principles. He has published extensively in these areas and has served on numerous NIH, AHA, and other panels. He is the president of the Cardiovascular System Dynamics Society, an international society of cardiovascular physiologists and academic cardiologists. His research has been supported by the NIH, Veterans Administration, AHA, The Whitaker Foundation, The Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation and the Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Charitable Trust. Professor Kovács was born in Hungary; he and his family escaped after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and eventually arrived in New York City.