Hans-Peter Brunner-La Rocca


Prof. Hans-Peter Brunner-La Rocca has graduated in medicine at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He was trained in Internal Medicine and Cardiology in Switzerland. After doing a post-doc in Melbourne, Australia, for two years, he had been working as cardiologist and heart failure specialist in Zurich. In 2002, he moved to Basel, where he was responsible for the heart failure and heart transplant services. He has obtained his lecture qualification both in Zurich and in Basel and was announced as Professor in Basel Switzerland in 2008. Since 2009, he has been working at Maastricht UMC+ as Professor of Clinical Heart Failure. He is head of the heart failure clinic and head of the division of structural heart diseases.

He has been involved in numerous research projects since many years. In particular, he has a special interest in personalised medicine in heart failure using biomarkers and has successfully led international studies related to this topic. In addition, eHealth is an important focus of research. He has published >250 research articles.

He has been working as member of different working groups of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology and is board member of working group on heart failure in the Netherlands.

On the one hand, he is continuing his research on biomarker in heart failure for therapy guidance. He is collaborating internationally on this topic and is participating in several large international projects in this regard. On the other hand, he is leading an international consortium, aiming to develop a personalized eHealth application to enable patients with heart failure to perform self-care, i.e. including self-prescription of medication. Recently, the consortium received 4.4 M€ to support this project from INTERREG-NWE (budget Maastricht UMC+ > 2.0 M€).

He is additionally involved in national research projects (e.g. heart-brain connection, supported by CVON) and is the local PI of several large industry sponsored RCTs. In one of them, he is the national coordinator for the Netherlands.

Department of Cardiology
P. Debyelaan 25, 6229 HX Maastricht 
PO Box 5800, 6202 AZ Maastricht
Room number: 3.B2.031
T: +31(0)43 387 70 97

  • 2023
    • Weerts, J., Amin, H., Barandiarán Aizpurua, A., Gevaert, A. B., Handoko, M. L., Dauw, J., Tun, H. N., Rommel, K-P., Verbrugge, F. H., Kresoja, K-P., Sanders-van Wijk, S., Brunner-La Rocca, H-P., Bayés-Genís, A., Lumens, J., Knackstedt, C., & van Empel, V. P. M. (2023). Webtool to enhance the accuracy of diagnostic algorithms for HFpEF: a prospective cross-over study. Esc heart failure. https://doi.org/10.1002/ehf2.14525
    • Meijs, C., Brugts, J. J., Lund, L. H., Linssen, G. C. M., Brunner-La Rocca, H-P., Dahlstrom, U., Vaartjes, I., Koudstaal, S., Asselbergs, F. W., Savarese, G., & Uijl, A. (2023). Identifying distinct clinical clusters in heart failure with mildly reduced ejection fraction. International Journal of Cardiology, 386, 83-90. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2023.05.024
    • Malgie, J., Clephas, P. R. D., Brunner-La Rocca, H-P., de Boer, R. A., & Brugts, J. J. (2023). Guideline-directed medical therapy for HFrEF: sequencing strategies and barriers for life-saving drug therapy. Heart Failure Reviews, 28(5), 1221-1234. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10741-023-10325-2
    • Habibi, Z., Abma-Kramer, J., & Brunner-La Rocca, H-P. (2023). A case report of high-output heart failure due to arteriovenous shunt without bowel: how to address?European Heart Journal - Case Reports, 7(8), Article ytad360. https://doi.org/10.1093/ehjcr/ytad360
    • van Mourik, M. J. W., Linz, D., Verwijs, H. J. A., Bekkers, S. C. A. M., Weerts, J., Schotten, U., Rocca, H. B-L., Lumens, J., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Weijs, B., & Knackstedt, C. (2023). Evaluating subclinical left ventricular and left atrial dysfunction in idiopathic atrial fibrillation: A speckle-tracking based strain-analysis. International Journal of Cardiology, 383, 159-165. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2023.04.024
    • Aga, Y. S., Radhoe, S. P., Aydin, D., Linssen, G. C. M., Rademaker, P. C., Geerlings, P. R., van Gent, M. W. F., Aksoy, I., Oosterom, L., Brunner-La Rocca, H. P. B. L., van Dalen, B. M., & Brugts, J. J. (2023). Heart failure treatment in patients with and without obesity with an ejection fraction below 50%. European Journal of Clinical Investigation, 53(7). Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/eci.13976
    • Leenen, J. P., Scherrenberg, M., Bruins, W., Boyne, J., Vranken, J., Brunner la Rocca, H-P., Dendale, P., & van der Velde, A. E. (2023). Usability of a digital health platform to support home hospitalisation in heart failure patients: a multicentre feasibility study among healthcare professionals. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 1-9. Article zvad059. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurjcn/zvad059
    • ter Bekke, R. M. A., de Schouwer, K., Conti, S., Claes, G. R. F., Vanoevelen, J., Gommers, S., Helderman-van den Enden, A. T. J. M., & Brunner-LaRocca, H-P. (2023). Juvenile-onset multifocal atrial arrhythmias, atrial standstill and compound heterozygosity of genetic variants in TAF1A: sentinel event for evolving dilated cardiomyopathy-a case report. European Heart Journal - Case Reports, 7(6), Article ytad255. https://doi.org/10.1093/ehjcr/ytad255
    • Steiner, B., Neumann, A., Pelz, Y., Ski, C. F., Hill, L., Thompson, D. R., Fitzsimons, D., Dixon, L. J., Brandts, J., Verket, M., Schuett, K., Eurlings, C. G. M. J., Boyne, J. J. J., Gingele, A. J., De Maesschalck, L., Murphy, M., da Luz, E. F., Barrett, M., Windle, K., ... PASSION-HF consortium (2023). Challenges in heart failure care in four European countries: a comparative study. European Journal of Public Health, 33(3), 448-454. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckad059
    • Knackstedt, C., Schummers, G., Schroder, J., Marx, N., Lumens, J., Sanders-van Wijk, S., Ramaekers, B., Becker, M., van Empel, V., Brunner-La Rocca, H. P., & PsychEcho study group (2023). A graphical analysis of aspects contributing to the spreading of measurements of left ventricular function. International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging, 39(5), 915-927. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10554-023-02796-z