Dr Simon Rabkin is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He graduated with an MD from the University of Manitoba. He did post graduate training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Toronto, University of Cincinnati and Emory University. His research interests are in the determinants of cardiovascular disease and its therapy. He is especially interested in the consequences of hypertension on the development of dementia, aortic aneurysms and cardiac disease. His research interests and activities have spanned the range from basic science, clinical investigation, clinical trials and epidemiology. He has published over 230 scientific papers or book chapters. He has served on many Canadian consensus conferences for the development of best practice guidelines for Canadian Physicians. He is the current chair of the subcommittee on the pharmacologic management of patients with hypertension and cardiac disease for the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP). Dr Rabkin is a past president of the Canadian Hypertension Society and was the President of the 23rd Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension in 2010.