Vasilios Athyros gained his MD in 1975 from Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece. Currently, he is Head of Atherosclerosis and Metabolic Syndrome Units at Internal Medicine Department of Aristotle University, Hippocration Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece. He holds a PhD in Internal Medicine. He has published 323 papers and was the primary investigator in several epidemiological and survival interventional studies. Since 1990, Dr Athyros focused on cardiovascular risk factor treatment in an effort to improve quality of life and life expectancy.