Haralambos Gavras, MD, FRCP(Glasg)

Professor, Boston University, School of Medicine

Haralambos Gavras was born in Zatouna, Arcadia, Greece. He obtained his medical degree from the Athens University School of Medicine, and served in the Greek army. He trained in the 424 Military Hospital in Thessaloniki and Hippokrateion Hospital in Athens and at the Westen Infirmary, Glasgow, Scotland, UK as a British Council Scholar. He is currently Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and Chief of the Hypertension and Atherosclerosis Section at Boston Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He has been the Director of an NIH-supported Specialized Center of Research in the Molecular Genetics of Hypertension. He was a member of various NIH Study Sections and Advisory Committees. He is currently a member of the European Research Council.

A pioneer in the research of the renin-angiotensin system, he was the first to introduce ACE inhibition and angiotensin II blockade for the treatment of patients with hypertension, heart failure, or both. Dr. Gavras has received the Excellence in Hypertension Research Award from the Council of High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association in 2000 and the Franz Volhard Award of the International Society of Hypertension in 2004, as well as numerous other awards and Honorary Doctorates. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, (Glasgow), past President of the American Society of Hypertension and the Inter-American Society of Hypertension and past Chairman of the Hypertension Council of the American Heart Association. He has been on the faculty of Boston University since 1975 and is the author of more than 650 publications.