Patrick W Serruys, MD, PhD, is Professor of Interventional Cardiology at the Interuniversity Cardiological Institute of The Netherlands, and the Erasmus University. Since 1980 he has been Director of the Clinical Research Program of the Catheterization Laboratory, Thoraxcenter, Erasmus University, and since 1997 the Head of the Interventional Department, Heartcenter Rotterdam. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and scientific council of the International College of Angiology. Dr Serruys is the author or coauthor of over 1,400 papers and editor or co-editor of 32 books, and a member of 14 editorial boards of scientific journals. He has been associate editor of Circulation for Europe for five years and he recently co-edited the Textbook of Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology. In 1996 he received the TCT Career Achievement Award and in 1997 he was awarded the Wenkebach Prize of the Dutch Heart Foundation. In 2000 he was awarded the Gruentzig Award of the European Society of Cardiology. In 2001 he held the Paul Dudley White Lecture at the American Heart Association in the US. In 2004 he held the 4th International Lecture at the AHA and Mikamo Lecture at the Japanese heart Association. Dr Serruys received his MD from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium in 1972 and his PhD from the Erasmus University in 1986.