s John Stratigos was born was born on the Greek Island of Kythera in 1926. He studied Medicine at the University of Athens, graduating in 1958. His dermatological trainingwas conducted at the Andreas Sygros Hospital in Athens between 1959–1963. He was appointed as Consultant Dermatologist to the Evangelismus Hospital in Athens and worked there between 1963–1966. However, in 1966 he moved to the St John’s Institute of Dermatology in London to begin a postgra- duate research fellowship in photobiology under the supervision of Prof Ian Magnus. His research was focused on ultraviolet-induced skin carcinogenesis which formed the basis for his doctorate degree awarded by the University of Athens. He returned to Athens in 1969 to become Associate Professor and Scientific Director of the Department of Dermatology at the Andreas Sygros Hospital from 1969–1980. In 1981 he was elected Professor and Chairman of the Department and became Chief of Service at the hospital, a position he held for the next 15 years. During his tenure as Chairman, John Stratigos transformed the Andreas Sygros Hospital into a modern and internationally acclaimed dermatology centre, where he created a number of specialised units, initiated a clinical research unit and restructured its teaching and training programme. John Stratigos played an important role in Greece to combat AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. He was entrusted by the Greek state to serve as Vice-President of the National Drug Organisation (1989–1992), member of the National Health Council (1992–1995) and of the National Aids Society (1988–1992), and as the first President of the Centre of Infectious Diseases Control (1992–2000). In 1968, John Stratigos was one of those who pioneered the foundation of the Hellenic Society of Dermatology and Venereology and served as President for three consecutive terms. He was a founder member of EADV and served as its President from 1990–1992. He also served as President of the 2 nd EADV Congress in Athens in 1991, which was very successful. For his lifetime contributions to international dermatology he was given an honorary award by EADV in 2002 and by the International League of Dermatological Societies in 2003. He died in 2006 but would surely have been proud to learn that his son, Alexander Stratigos, will follow in his footsteps as EADV President.
Hans Walter Rothenborg
5 th EADV President: 1992–1994
s Hans Rothenborg was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in May 1927, and graduated in Medicine from the University of Copenhagen in 1955. He spent a study year in London (1962–1963) before gai- ning the Diploma in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1963. Hans Rothenborg was trained in Dermatology and Venereology at the University of Copenhagen between 1964–1969. From 1972–1979 he was Consultant in Dermato-Venereology at the Gentofte Hospital, Denmark before becoming a full-time practitioner at Hellerup from 1972–2008.