Joep Perk was previously the Chairman and a Fellow of the interim board of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR). He is also Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Oskarshamn District Hospital in Sweden and is a Consultant Cardiologist. He undertook a part-time assignment in cardiovascular disease prevention at a public health unit and has also undertaken various expert assignments for the Ministry of Social Welfare. He is a member of the working party on guidelines for cardiology at Linköping University and is also a member of the Swedish Heart and Lung Patients Association. Dr Perk gained an MD from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.