Bas Bekkers

Assistant Professor

Dr Bas Bekkers studied Medicine at Maastricht University and started his cardiology training in 1997 at Maastricht UMC+, The Netherlands. He was a research fellow at Krannert Institute, IUPUI, Indianapolis, USA, performing research in the field of angionesis/arteriogensis in 2001. He obtained his PhD degree at Maastricht University for investigating the characteristics of cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) in acute and chronic myocardial infarction. As of 2003, he works as a cardiologist at Maastricht UMC+, specialised in echocardiography and CMR.

His main field of interest and expertise is non-invasive cardiovascular imaging, especially cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) and echocardiography. His research focusses on the clinical use of these imaging techniques in patients presenting with arrhythmias and (suspected) acute myocardial infarction.

Department of Cardiology
P. Debeyelaan 25, 6229 HX Maastricht 
PO Box 5800, 6202 AZ Maastricht
T: +31(0)43 387 70 97

  • 2021
    • Beijnink, C. W. H., van der Hoeven, N. W., Konijnenberg, L. S. F., Kim, R. J., Bekkers, S. C. A. M., Kloner, R. A., Everaars, H., El Messaoudi, S., van Rossum, A. C., van Royen, N., & Nijveldt, R. (2021). Cardiac MRI to Visualize Myocardial Damage after ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction: A Review of Its Histologic Validation. Radiology, 301(1), 4-18. https://doi.org/10.1148/radiol.2021204265
    • Ramaekers, M. J. F. G., Adriaans, B. P., Juffermans, J. F., van Assen, H. C., Bekkers, S. C. A. M., Scholte, A. J. H. A., Kenjeres, S., Lamb, H. J., Wildberger, J. E., Westenberg, J. J. M., & Schalla, S. (2021). Characterization of Ascending Aortic Flow in Patients With Degenerative Aneurysms. Investigative Radiology, 56(8), 494-500. https://doi.org/10.1097/RLI.0000000000000768
    • Raafs, A. G., Verdonschot, J. A. J., Henkens, M. T. H. M., Adriaans, B. P., Wang, P., Derks, K., Abdul Hamid, M. A., Knackstedt, C., van Empel, V. P. M., Diez, J., Brunner-La Rocca, H-P., Brunner, H. G., Gonzalez, A., Bekkers, S. C. A. M., Heymans, S. R. B., & Hazebroek, M. R. (2021). The combination of carboxy-terminal propeptide of procollagen type I blood levels and late gadolinium enhancement at cardiac magnetic resonance provides additional prognostic information in idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy - A multilevel assessment of myocardial fibrosis in dilated cardiomyopathy. European journal of heart failure, 23(6), 933-944. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejhf.2201
    • Adriaans, B. P., Ramaekers, M. J. F. G., Heuts, S., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Bekkers, S. C. A. M., Westenberg, J. J. M., Lamb, H. J., Wildberger, J. E., & Schalla, S. (2021). Determining the optimal interval for imaging surveillance of ascending aortic aneurysms. Netherlands Heart Journal. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12471-021-01564-9
    • van Cauteren, Y. J. M., Smulders, M. W., Theunissen, R. A. L. J., Gerretsen, S. C., Adriaans, B. P., Bijvoet, G. P., Mingels, A. M. A., van Kuijk, S. M. J., Schalla, S., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Kim, R. J., Wildberger, J. E., Heijman, J., & Bekkers, S. C. A. M. (2021). Cardiovascular magnetic resonance accurately detects obstructive coronary artery disease in suspected non-ST elevation myocardial infarction: a sub-analysis of the CARMENTA Trial. Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, 23(1), [40]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12968-021-00723-6
    • Lyon, A., van Mourik, M., Cruts, L., Heijman, J., Bekkers, S. C. A. M., Schotten, U., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Linz, D., & Lumens, J. (2021). Both beat-to-beat changes in RR-interval and left ventricular filling time determine ventricular function during atrial fibrillation. EP Europace, 23, I21-I28. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/euaa387
    • Smulders, M. W., Van Assche, L. M. R., Bekkers, S. C. A. M., Nijveldt, R., Beijnink, C. W. H., Kim, H. W., Hayes, B., Parker, M. A., Kaolawanich, Y., Judd, R. M., & Kim, R. J. (2021). Epicardial Surface Area of Infarction: A Stable Surrogate of Microvascular Obstruction in Acute Myocardial Infarction. Circulation-Cardiovascular Imaging, 14(2). https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCIMAGING.120.010918
    • Pouwels, B. D. C., Simons, S. O., Theunissen, M., Peters, M. L., Schoenmaekers, J. J., Bekkers, S. C., & van den Beuken-van Everdingen, M. H. J. (2021). Healthcare use during COVID-19 and the effect on psychological distress in patients with chronic cardiopulmonary disorders in the Netherlands: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 11(6), [e046883]. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-046883
  • 2020
    • El Kadi, S., van den Buijs, D. M. F., Meijers, T., Gilbers, M. D., Bekkers, S. C. A. M., van Melle, J. P., Riezebos, R. K., Blok, W. L., Tanis, W., Wahadat, A. R., Roos-Hesselink, J. W., van der Spoel, T. I. G., Chamuleau, S. A. J., Kamp, O., EURO, E. N. D. O., & EURO ENDO Investigators Group (2020). Infective endocarditis in the Netherlands: current epidemiological profile and mortality An analysis based on partial ESC EORP collected data. Netherlands Heart Journal, 28(10), 526-536. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12471-020-01431-z
    • Vranken, N. P. A., Pustjens, T. F. S., Kolkman, E., Hermanides, R. S., Bekkers, S. C. A. M., Smulders, M. W., van Cauteren, Y. J. M., Heijman, J., Rasoul, S., Ottervanger, J. P., & van't Hof, A. W. J. (2020). MINOCA: The caveat of absence of coronary obstruction in myocardial infarction. IJC Heart & Vasculature, 29, [100572]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcha.2020.100572