Milos Brankovic has completed his PhD thesis with Cum Laude on the heart-kidney interactions in acquired heart disease. The Cum Laude Award is an academic recognition for an outstanding achievement, awarded to <5% of doctoral candidates in the Netherlands. Born in Belgrade, Serbia, he studied medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, where he was elected Editor-in-Chief of the student scientific journal “Medical Youth” and Vice-President of Organizing Committee of the first Global Students Conference of Biomedical Sciences in Belgrade. Having achieved a ranking in the top 1% of his class, he received a two-month scholarship in 2013 to train under the mentorship of Dr. Bud Frazier at the Texas Heart Institute, in Houston. In 2014, he received a four-month research scholarship at the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES), Erasmus MC, Rotterdam. For his work, he was awarded several times including the “Nikola Spasic” award for the best-graduated medical student at the University of Belgrade. In 2014, he obtained his MD degree with an average grade of 10,00/10,00. Subsequently, he completed his internship at the Clinic for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Clinical Center of Serbia, in Belgrade, where he has authored four peer-reviewed publications on different vascular pathologies. In June 2015, he started working on his PhD thesis at the Department of Cardiology, Erasmus MC, under the mentorship of Prof. Eric Boersma. In February 2016, he studied at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, in Cambridge, as a part of the NIHES MSc program. In September 2016, he obtained his MSc degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the NIHES, where he was awarded for the best master’s research paper. His research interests include coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, aortic diseases, and vascular malformations with a focus on clinical-decision making, biostatistics, and epidemiology.