Ulf Hedin did his PhD in vascular cell biology 1989, trained in vascular surgery 1991-2001 at the Karolinska Hospital and completed a fellowship with Prof. Alexander W Clowes, Seattle, WA, USA in 1995-1996. After his return to Karolinska, he started an independent research group and a prospective biobank of carotid endarterectomies (BiKE), a recognized effort which today enrols collaborations world-wide with recent publications in Nature, Nature Medicine, Nature Metabolism, and Nature Communications. Hedin was appointed professor in 2003, holds the academic chair of vascular surgery since 2005 and is senior consultant in vascular surgery at the Karolinska University Hospital. He has been on the writing committee for ESVS Guidelines, served on the ESVS council, the VAS council, the Swedish Research Council, the council of the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation, and he is a member of the International Surgical Group. He is an acting reviewer for more than 30 journals within his field and he serves as associate editor for Journal of Vascular Surgery-Vascular Science.