Antonio Coca is Professor of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Barcelona, Spain. He serves as Senior Consultant, Chief of the Hypertension and Vascular Risk Unit of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, Spain. He obtained his MD and PhD degree from the University of Barcelona, Spain. He has previously served as Research Associate Professor at the Laboratory of Cardiovascular Physiology and Pharmacology (INSERM, CNRS, Necker Hospital, Paris, France).
Professor Coca is Past President of the Spanish Society of Hypertension, honorary member of the Latin American Society of Hypertension, the Argentinian Society of Hypertension, the Venezuelan Society of Hypertension, and the Portuguese Society of Hypertension. Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, and Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology. In 2007 he was elected member of the Scientific Council of the European Society of Hypertension, where he is responsible for relationships with Latin America serving currently as “Executive- Officer” and past-Chair of the Working Group of Hypertension and the Brain 2013- 2016. He is the Chair of the Council on Hypertension of the European Society of Cardiology since 2014.
Professor Coca has been the recipient of research grants from research institutes from Spain and the European Union, scientific societies and the pharmaceutical industry from 1982 to the present. He is Editor or co-Editor of 58 books on various topics within the field of hypertension. He has published more than 320 papers in international journals and has presented more than 380 invited lectures at international and national meetings and universities. He has been member of the steering committee, as well as the Spanish coordinator, of several large-scale international trials in hypertension