Professor of vascular medicine at the department of internal medicine of the Erasmus MC
Prof. Dr. Eric Sijbrands is a full professor of vascular medicine at the department of internal medicine of the Erasmus MC, the university hospital in Rotterdam. After he qualified as a medical doctor in 1990, he was given the opportunity to receive his training in internal medicine and perform scientific research at the Universities of Leiden and Amsterdam. He was one of the founding fathers of the worldwide first and largest population-based genetic diagnostic cascade screening program: the Dutch national molecular screening program for familial hypercholesterolemia. His work improved the insurability of patients with familial hypercholesterolemia globally: identified and on statins, they now pay regular premiums. He contributed to two recent paradigm shifts: the complications of most Mendelian disorders have complex aetiology and type 2 diabetes is a beta-cell disorder. In Web of Science, his H-index is 79.