Michael Jacobs


Prof. Michael Jacobs has obtained his medical doctor degree at the University of Limburg, Maastricht. His PhD research focussed on microcirculation in patients with peripheral arterial disease. Following his surgical residency, he was trained as a cardiovascular surgeon at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, USA. He was appointed chief of vascular surgery at the Amsterdam Medical Center in 1992 and started research programmes concentrating on assessment of spinal cord function in thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) repair and preventive strategies by means of selective organ perfusion and motor evoked potentials. In 2000, he was invited to Maastricht UMC+ to chair the Department of Surgery and create an integrated heart- and vascular center (HVC). Research addressed pre-operative imaging of the blood supplying arteries of the spinal cord in TAAA patients, and the role of arginine and nitric oxide (NO) metabolism in patients undergoing extensive aortic repair. In 2005, he also accepted the chair of Vascular Surgery at the RWTH University Hospital in Aachen, Germany.

He yearly organises the European Vascular Course, hosting around 2,000 cardiovascular specialists from all over the world.

Department of Vascular Surgery
P. Debyelaan 25, 6229 HX Maastricht 
PO Box 5800, 6202 AZ Maastricht                                                                                                      T: +31(0)43 387 22 79

  • 2021
    • Jacobs, M. J., & Gombert, A. (2021). Distal aortic perfusion-still of relevance for spinal cord protection during complex aortic surgery?European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 60(3), 577-578. https://doi.org/10.1093/ejcts/ezab212
    • Keschenau, P. R., Gombert, A., Barbati, M. E., Jalaie, H., Kalder, J., Jacobs, M. J., & Kotelis, D. (2021). Xenogeneic materials for the surgical treatment of aortic infections. Journal of Thoracic Disease, 13(5), 3021-3032. https://doi.org/10.21037/jtd-20-3481
    • Czerny, M., van den Berg, J., Chiesa, R., Jacobs, M., Jakob, S., Jenni, H. J., Lorusso, R., Pacini, D., Quintana, E., Rylski, B., Staier, K., Tsilimparis, N., Wyss, T., Gottardi, R., & Schmidli, J. (2021). Management of acute and chronic aortic disease during the COVID-19 pandemic-Results from a web-based ad hoc platform. Journal of Cardiac Surgery, 36(5), 1683-1692. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocs.15093
  • 2020
    • Zechendorf, E., Gombert, A., Bulow, T., Frank, N., Beckers, C., Peine, A., Kotelis, D., Jacobs, M. J., Marx, G., & Martin, L. (2020). The Role of Ribonuclease 1 and Ribonuclease Inhibitor 1 in Acute Kidney Injury after Open and Endovascular Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9(10), [3292]. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9103292
    • Gombert, A., Jacobs, M. J., & Boor, P. (2020). Histomorphologische und molekuläre Mechanismen des akuten Nierenschadens bei offenem thorakoabdominellen Aortenersatz – Vorstellung eines Studienkonzepts. Gefässchirurgie, 25(5), 352-355. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00772-020-00649-w
    • Wubbeke, L. F., Conings, J. Z. M., Elshof, J-W., Scheltinga, M. R., Daemen, J-W. H. C., Jacobs, M. J., & Mees, B. M. (2020). Outcome of rectus femoris muscle flaps for groin coverage after vascular surgery. Journal of Vascular Surgery, 72(3), 1050-1057.e2. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvs.2019.11.031
    • Wubbeke, L. F., Naves, C. C. L. M., Daemen, J. W. H. C., Jacobs, M. J., & Mees, B. M. E. (2020). Editor's Choice – Mortality and Major Amputation after Revascularisation in Octogenarians Versus Non-Octogenarians with Chronic Limb Threatening Ischaemia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 60(2), 231-241. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2020.04.027
    • Gombert, A., Ruckbeil, M. V., Kotelis, D., Burger, S., Brugmayer, T., Mess, W. H., & Jacobs, M. J. (2020). Assessment of Neurone-Specific Enolase, Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein and S100 B as Spinal Cord Ischemia Biomarkers in Patients Undergoing Open and Endovascular Complex Aortic Surgery: A Single-Center Experience. Annals of Vascular Surgery, 66, 424-433. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.avsg.2020.01.003
    • Keschenau, P. R., Sattler, C., Berger, T., Kotelis, D., Jacobs, M. J., & Kalder, J. (2020). Changes in Target Vessel Anatomy Following Fenestrated Endovascular Aneurysm Repair: Midterm Results. Journal of Endovascular Therapy, 27(3), 445-451. https://doi.org/10.1177/1526602820915492
    • Gombert, A., & Jacobs, M. J. (2020). Sometimes Less May Be More: Thoughts About a Low Dose Protocol for Iatrogenic Femoral Pseudoaneurysm. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 59(6), 1026-1026. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2019.12.028