Justin Luermans

Assistant Professor

Justin Luermans studied Medicine at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. After obtaining his Medical Degree (cum laude) in 2003 he was trained as a Cardiologist from 2005 until 2011 at the Department of Cardiology, St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands. He continued his medical career in Nieuwegein by following a fellowship Electrophysiology which he finished in 2013. In 2014 he joined the Cardiology Staff at MUMC+, The Netherlands, as an Electrophysiologist. His professional work focuses on the invasive treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and bradycardias, by means of catheter ablation and cardiac implantable electronic devices. Justin Luermans is director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at MUMC+ and also has an affiliation as an Electrophysiologist at the Department of Cardiology of Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

In 2010 he obtained his PhD title at Utrecht University: thesis: Paradoxical Embolism, Migraine, and Cardiac Shunt Closure

The research activities of Justin Luermans are mainly focused on atrial fibrillation and cardiac pacing. He has been involved in the steering committee of several trials of the “RACE” concept, which is a series of high-profile large Dutch clinical and translational trials in the field of atrial fibrillation. His main research focus is conduction system pacing, which is an innovative pacing method, by means of pacing the heart’s natural conduction system.

In 2020 he received a “ZonMW doelmatigheidsonderzoek” Research Grant for initiating a large multicenter randomized trial comparing conduction system pacing with traditional right ventricular pacing in patients with a pacing indication because of bradycardia: “The LEAP trial.”

Department of Cardiology
P. Debyelaan 25, 6229 HX Maastricht 
PO Box 5800, 6202 AZ Maastricht
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  • 2023
    • Verhaert, D. V. M., Linz, D., Wassink, G. F., Weijs, B., Philippens, S., Luermans, J. G. L. M., Westra, S. W., Schotten, U., Vernooy, K., & den Uijl, D. W. (2023). A new efficient and integrated pathway for patient evaluation prior to atrial fibrillation ablation. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 22(5), 498-505. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurjcn/zvac095
    • van der Heijden, C. A. J., Weberndörfer, V., Vroomen, M., Luermans, J. G., Chaldoupi, S. M., Bidar, E., Vernooy, K., Maessen, J. G., Pison, L., van Kuijk, S. M. J., La Meir, M., Crijns, H. J. G. M., & Maesen, B. (2023). Hybrid Ablation Versus Repeated Catheter Ablation in Persistent Atrial Fibrillation: A Randomized Controlled Trial. JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, 9(7), 1013-1023. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jacep.2022.12.011
    • Meiburg, R., Rijks, J. H. J., Beela, A. S., Bressi, E., Grieco, D., Delhaas, T., Luermans, J. G. L. M., Prinzen, F. W., Vernooy, K., & Lumens, J. (2023). Comparison of novel ventricular pacing strategies using an electro-mechanical simulation platform. EP Europace, 25(6), 1-11. Article euad144. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/euad144
    • Rijks, J. H. J., Lankveld, T., Manusama, R., Broers, B., van Stipdonk, A. M. W., Chaldoupi, S. M., ter Bekke, R. M. A., Schotten, U., Linz, D., Luermans, J. G. L. M., & Vernooy, K. (2023). Left Bundle Branch Area Pacing and Atrioventricular Node Ablation in a Single-Procedure Approach for Elderly Patients with Symptomatic Atrial Fibrillation. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 12(12), Article 4028. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm12124028
    • Rijks, J., Luermans, J., & Vernooy, K. (2023). Left bundle branch–optimized cardiac resynchronization therapy: Pursuing the optimal resynchronization in severe (distal) conduction system disease. HeartRhythm Case Reports, 9(6), 355-357. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrcr.2023.02.015
    • Betz, K., Verhaert, D. V. M., Gawalko, M., Hermans, A. N. L., Habibi, Z., Pluymaekers, N. A. H. A., van der Velden, R. M. J., Homberg, M., Philippens, S., Hereijgers, M. J. M., Vorstermans, B., Simons, S. O., den Uijl, D. W., Chaldoupi, S. M., Luermans, J. G. L. M., Westra, S. W., Lankveld, T., van Steenwijk, R. P., Hol, B., ... Linz, D. (2023). Atrial fibrillation-specific refinement of the STOP-Bang sleep apnoea screening questionnaire: insights from the Virtual-SAFARI study. Clinical research in cardiology, 112, 834-845. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00392-023-02157-9
    • Leao, S., Luermans, J., Vernooy, K., ter Bekke, R., den Uijl, D., Linz, D., & Chaldoupi, S-M. (2023). The great deceiver: a case series of 'double fire' atrioventricular nodal response. European Heart Journal - Case Reports, 7(4), Article ytad162. https://doi.org/10.1093/ehjcr/ytad162
    • Rijks, J., Ghossein, M. A., Wouters, P. C., Dural, M., Maass, A. H., Meine, M., Kloosterman, M., Luermans, J., Prinzen, F. W., Vernooy, K., & van Stipdonk, A. M. W. (2023). Comparison of the relation of the ESC 2021 and ESC 2013 definitions of left bundle branch block with clinical and echocardiographic outcome in cardiac resynchronization therapy. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, 34(4), 1006-1014. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/jce.15882
    • Luermans, J. G. L. M., & Vernooy, K. (2023). Left bundle branch pacing: a promising modality for cardiac resynchronisation therapy. Netherlands Heart Journal, 31, 138-139. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12471-023-01773-4
    • Hermans, A. N. L., Isaksen, J. L., Gawalko, M., Pluymaekers, N. A. H. A., van der Velden, R. M. J., Snippe, H., Evens, S., De Witte, G., Luermans, J. G. L. M., Manninger, M., Lumens, J., Kanters, J. K., & Linz, D. (2023). Accuracy of continuous photoplethysmography-based 1 min mean heart rate assessment during atrial fibrillation. EP Europace, 25(3), 835-844. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/euad011