Jan HM Tordoir, MD, PhD, is emeritus associate Professor of Surgery at the department of Vascular Surgery of the Maastricht University Medical Centre and director of the Non-invasive Vascular Lab. In addition to vascular surgery, his specific interest is vascular access in dialysis patients. Dr Tordoir has published more than 200 papers including reviews and book chapters on vascular surgery and dialysis vascular access. He is founder and past president of the European Vascular Access Society. He is chief-editor of the Journal of Vascular Access and serves as a member or reviewer of the editorial board of several journals. In concordance with a multidisciplinary expert group of nephrologists, surgeons and interventional radiologists, he was involved in the creation of the European guidelines for Vascular Access. He was member of the organising committee of the 11the congress of the Vascular Access Society in Rotterdam. Recently, dr. Tordoir works on a network of centres of excellence to improve vascular access care for haemodialysis patients.