Prof. Zeljko Reiner, MD (HR)

Professor Željko Reiner was born in 1953 in Zagreb, Croatia and he got his MD and PhD degrees at Zagreb University, Croatia. He was visiting scientist in USA, Germany and France and is consultant in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolic diseases in University Hospital Center Zagreb. He was director general of the University Hospital Center Zagreb, Croatia. He is now head of the Department of Internal medicine as well as Division for Metabolic Diseases in the same hospital.

Since 1988 he is full professor (tenure) at School of Medicine, Zagreb University. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC) and Fellow of American College of Cardiology (FACC). For many years he was chairman of the Department of internal medicine at the University of Zagreb.

He was president of the Croatian Drugs Committee 1992–2000 and the main author of the first Croatian legislation on medicines. He was the founder and is still the president of Croatian Atherosclerosis Society, founder and vice-president of Croatian Obesity Society, founder of Croatian Hypertension Society and was Secretary general of the Croatian Medical Association.

He was member of the WHO Executive board in Geneva where he was representing Europe, and was chairman of the WHO Tobacco – free Europe Committee. From 1993 to 1998 he served as deputy minister of health, and from 1998 to 2000 as minister of health of Croatia. Since 2011 he is a member of the Croatian Parliament and since 2012 he is vicepresident of the Croatian Parliament. He is a full member of Croatian National Academy of Sciences and Arts (only 20 members in the field of medicine) and chairman of it’s Atherosclerosis Research Committee. Since 1990 he is member of Croatian Academy of Medical Sciences (he was president 2004–2012). He is also honorary member of Academy of medical sciences of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He is president of the Croatian national health council since 2007. He was member of the International advisory boards of almost all European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) and International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS) congresses in the last 20 years, and invited lecturer at many international meetings as well as a member of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress Program Committee. He was a member of the EAS Executive Committee and a member of the European Joint Prevention Committee for Cardiovascular Diseases. He is one of the authors of the last two Joint European guidelines on cardiovascular disease prevention (2007 and 2012) and the first co-author together with professor Alberico Catapano of the EAS/ESC guidelines on management of dyslipidemias (2011). He was chairman of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR) Board Committee on Science and Guidelines as well as a member of the ESC Committee for Practice Guidelines. He is a member of the IAS Board where he is representing Europe. He is on editorial boards of several journals (Preventive Cardiology, Atherosclerosis, Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis etc.) and is reviewer for a number of journals (Lancet, Atherosclerosis, J Am Coll Nutr, etc.). He has published many papers, a significant number of them in indexed journals with high impact factor, and was editor or coauthor of 27 books. His main interest for a number of years is lipidology, preventive cardiology and clinical pharmacology of dyslipidemias.

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