Roberto Lorusso


Prof. Roberto Lorusso studied medicine at the University of Milan, Italy and graduated in 1987 magna cum Laude. He worked at Maastricht UMC+ in 1990 at CTC research and in 1996 and 1997 at the academic Hospital of Leuven. In 1998, he successfully obtained his PhD degree at Maastricht University (thesis titled 'Cardiac reinforcement and assistance by electrically stimulated skeletal muscle').

Currently, Prof. Roberto Lorusso is staff member at the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Maastricht UMC+, Director of the Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS) Program, Full Professor of Cardiac Surgery and ECLS at the Maastricht University and CARIM. His research group is focussed on mechanical circulatory support, minimally invasive valve surgery, coronary surgery, cardiac valve disease, extracorporeal circulation, acute myocardial infarction complications, cardiac valve disease, preclinical and clinical research.

Prof. Roberto Lorusso won the Gasperis-Donatelli Prize in 1989, a Young Investigator Award in 1995 and the Lillehei Award in 1998 by the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.  He was Scientific Secretary of the Italian Society for Cardiac Surgery in 2007 and 2008, President of Euro-ELSO (2015-2017), and he is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Multi-Media Manual of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery as well as member of the ELSO Executive Committee.

He has almost 300 publications in PubMed, and has given more than 300 presentations at international meetings as invited speaker. He is Principal Investigator of international multicentre clinical studies and grant receiver from several funding bodies for clinical as well as pre-clinical investigations.

Department of Cardiothoracic surgery
P. Debyelaan 25, 6229 HX Maastricht 
PO Box 5800, 6202 AZ Maastricht
Room number: D.2037
T: +31(0)43 387 60 32

  • 2021
    • Swol, J., Brodie, D., Willers, A., Zakhary, B., Belezzo, J., Shinar, Z., Weingart, S. D., Haft, J. W., Lorusso, R., & Peek, G. J. (2021). Human factors in ECLS - A keystone for safety and quality - A narrative review for ECLS providers. Artificial Organs.
    • Lorusso, R., Mariani, S., & Ravaux, J. M. (2021). Gently handling the acutely failing right ventricle ... at last!Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, 33(5), 801-802.
    • Lorusso, R., Ravaux, J. M., & Mariani, S. (2021). Left ventricular assist devices and right ventricular failure prediction: Quo Vadis?Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, 33(5), 793-794.
    • Di Mauro, M., Calafiore, A. M., & Lorusso, R. (2021). All roads lead to Rome, but some are safer. Journal of Cardiac Surgery, 36(11), 4320-4321.
    • Ravaux, J. M., Mariani, S., & Lorusso, R. (2021). Predictors of permanent pacemaker implantation following surgical aortic valve replacement: Letter to the editor-Reply. Journal of Cardiac Surgery, 36(11), 4444-4444.
    • Ronco, D., Matteucci, M., Kowalewski, M., De Bonis, M., Formica, F., Jiritano, F., Fina, D., Folliguet, T., Bonaros, N., Russo, C. F., Sponga, S., Vendramin, I., De Vincentiis, C., Ranucci, M., Suwalski, P., Falcetta, G., Fischlein, T., Troise, G., Villa, E., ... Lorusso, R. (2021). Surgical Treatment of Postinfarction Ventricular Septal Rupture. Jama network open, 4(10), [e2128309].
    • Heinsar, S., Jung, J. S., Colombo, S. M., Rozencwajg, S., Wildi, K., Sato, K., Ainola, C., Wang, X. M., Abbate, G., Sato, N., Dyer, W. B., Livingstone, S. A., Pimenta, L. P., Bartnikowski, N., Bouquet, M. J. P., Passmore, M., Vidal, B., Palmieri, C., Reid, J. D., ... Fraser, J. F. (2021). An innovative ovine model of severe cardiopulmonary failure supported by veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Scientific Reports, 11(1), [20458].
    • Gaudino, M., Sandner, S., Di Giammarco, G., Di Franco, A., Arai, H., Asai, T., Bakaeen, F., Doenst, T., Fremes, S. E., Glineur, D., Kieser, T. M., Lawton, J. S., Lorusso, R., Patel, N., Puskas, J. D., Tatoulis, J., Taggart, D. P., Vallely, M., & Ruel, M. (2021). The Use of Intraoperative Transit Time Flow Measurement for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Systematic Review of the Evidence and Expert Opinion Statements. Circulation, 144(14), 1160-1171.
    • Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (2021). Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for COVID-19: evolving outcomes from the international Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Registry. Lancet, 398(10307), 1230-1238.
    • Sciatti, E., Mohseni, Z., Orabona, R., Mulder, E. G., Prefumo, F., Lorusso, R., Frusca, T., Ghossein-Doha, C., & Spaanderman, M. E. A. (2021). Maternal myocardial dysfunction after hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelets syndrome: a speckle-tracking study. Journal of Hypertension, 39(10), 1956-1963.