Vasileios Papavasileiou was born in the birthplace of Asclepius, the famous god of medicine in Greek mythology.
He studied medicine (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and completed his specialty training in Internal Medicine (University Hospital of Larissa) in Greece.
With the scholarships of the Greek Society of Atherosclerosis and the European Stroke Organization, he then completed the European Master in Stroke Medicine Program (Danube University, Krems, Austria) in 2015.
In 2017 he completed his Ph.D. on the correlation of Retinol-Binding-Protein-4 levels with insulin resistance in hemodialysis patients, at the University of Thessaly (Greece).
Ιn 2016 he moved to Leeds where he was appointed as a Consultant in Stroke Medicine in Leeds Teaching Hospitals and a Senior Honorary Lecturer in the Medical School of the University of Leeds.
Prior to that he experienced a 5-month clinical research fellowship in the Stroke Unit of the University Hospital of Lausanne and a year of familiarizing with the NHS as a Specialty Doctor in Stroke Medicine in Salford Royal Hospital (Manchester, UK).
Over the last 7 years he has acted as a principal or co-investigator in several international randomized controlled trials. His contribution was determinant in Leeds Teaching Hospitals expanding their stroke research portfolio and being designated as a Hyperacute Stroke Research Centre in the UKin 2019.
His research work, mainly around stroke prognosis, embolic strokes of undetermined source and cardiovascular risk factors, has been published in well-recognized stroke journals; a total of more than 30 publications in PubMed. Most of these projects are products of multicentre international collaborations.
Vasileios also serves as an ad-hoc reviewer in journals on PubMed.
As a Fellow of the European Stroke Organization (ESO) and a founding member of the Hellenic Stroke Organisation, Vasileios has actively supported the development of guidelines and statements for both organizations.
He has acted as an invited speaker in national and regional conferences in Greece, co-chaired cardiovascular sessions in the 9th and 10th International Congress of Internal Medicine in Athens, presented several scientific projects in ESO Conferences and supported the ESO Summer School in 2017.
Having been the son of 2 primary school teachers, he grew up with a passion for education. In the University of Leeds, he teaches medical students from year 1 to 5 and he also guides and supports junior doctors in their first steps in research.