Tammo Delhaas


Tammo Delhaas is Pediatric Cardiologist and Professor of Biomedical Engineering. He obtained his MD at the University of Groningen and received his PhD degree from Maastricht University in 1993 for a thesis on cardiac mechanics. After his training in Pediatrics in Maastricht and Utrecht, he received a Fulbright grant/ICIN-Fellowship and spent one year at the Departments of Bioengineering and Medicine from the UCSD. Thereafter, he trained in Pediatric Cardiology in Aachen and Melbourne. In 2000, he returned to Maastricht as Pediatric Cardiologist and continued his research on the crossroads of (Pediatric) Cardiology, Physiology and Biomedical Engineering. In 2009, he was appointed Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering at Maastricht University, where he is involved in projects related to cellular and cardiac mechanics, cardiac pacing, and mathematical modeling of the heart and circulation.

Prof. Tammo Delhaas is heading the CardioVascular System Dynamics Research Group (CVSDRG). With clinical questions regarding (congenital) heart diseases in mind, his research focusses on asynchronous electrical activation, vascular and myocardial structure-function relation, and computer model-assisted diagnosis and treatment of cardiac failure, pulmonary hypertension and congenital heart diseases. Besides standard expertise, CVSDRG uses following techniques/models in which it has expertise of extraordinary quality according to international standards: 1) CircAdapt, a lumped parameter mathematical model of the human heart and circulation that enables real-time simulation of cardiovascular system dynamics in a wide variety of physiological and pathophysiological situations (www.circadapt.org); 2) Finite Element Model of the heart with left and right ventricle, simulating local stress and strain as a function of time with emphasis on adaptation of wall anatomy to local mechanical load; 3) Pulse Wave Propagation and Computational Fluid Dynamics models that predict pressure and flow waveforms after vascular interventions, such as Arterio-Venous Fistula creation for hemodialysis. Prof. Tammo Delhaas serves as a reviewer or member of the editorial board of many journals, and has received grants from, amongst others, the Dutch Heart Foundation, Maastricht UMC+, Province of Limburg, NWO, European Research Council, and the Interuniversity Cardiology Institute of the Netherlands (ICIN).

Department of Biomedical Engineering
Universiteitssingel 50, 6229 ER Maastricht
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
Room number: 3.366
T:+31(0)43 388 16 67

  • 2020
    • Zeemering, S., van Hunnik, A., van Rosmalen, F., Bonizzi, P., Scaf, B., Delhaas, T., Verheule, S., & Schotten, U. (2020). A Novel Tool for the Identification and Characterization of Repetitive Patterns in High-Density Contact Mapping of Atrial Fibrillation. Frontiers in physiology, 11, [570118]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2020.570118
    • Bennis, F. C., Teeuwen, B., Zeiler, F. A., Elting, J. W., van der Naalt, J., Bonizzi, P., Delhaas, T., & Aries, M. J. (2020). Improving Prediction of Favourable Outcome After 6 Months in Patients with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Using Physiological Cerebral Parameters in a Multivariable Logistic Regression Model. Neurocritical Care, 33(2), 542-551. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12028-020-00930-6
    • Sawo, P., Moufarrej, A., Sloff, M., Snoeijs, M. G., Delhaas, T., Tordoir, J. H. M., & Mees, B. M. E. (2020). The Effect of Geometric Graft Modification on Arteriovenous Graft Patency in Haemodialysis Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 60(4), 568-577. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2020.06.023
    • Lyon, A., Dupuis, L. J., Arts, T., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Prinzen, F. W., Delhaas, T., Heijman, J., & Lumens, J. (2020). Differentiating the effects of beta-adrenergic stimulation and stretch on calcium and force dynamics using a novel electromechanical cardiomyocyte model. American Journal of Physiology-heart and Circulatory Physiology, 319(3), H519-H530. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpheart.00275.2020
    • Shenthar, J., Singh, B., Banavalikar, B., Chakali, S. S., Delhaas, T., Shivkumar, K., & Bradfield, J. S. (2020). Cardiac perforation complicating cardiac electrophysiology procedures: value of angiography and use of a closure device to avoid cardiac surgery. Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology, 58(2), 193-201. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10840-019-00577-0
    • Zonnebeld, N., Tordoir, J. H. M., van Loon, M. M., de Smet, A. A. E. A., Huisman, L. C., Cuypers, P. W. M., Schlosser, F. J., Lemson, S., Heinen, S. G. H., Bouwman, L. H., Toorop, R. J., Huberts, W., Delhaas, T., & Shunt Simulation Study Group (2020). Pre-operative Patient Specific Flow Predictions to Improve Haemodialysis Arteriovenous Fistula Maturation (Shunt Simulation Study): A Randomised Controlled Trial. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 60(1), 98-106. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2020.03.005
    • Bol, M. E., Beurskens, D. M. H., Delnoij, T. S. R., Roekaerts, P. M. H. J., Reutelingsperger, C. P. M., Delhaas, T., van de Poll, M. C. G., Sels, J-W. E. M., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2020). Variability of Microcirculatory Measurements in Critically Ill Patients. Shock, 54(1), 9-14. https://doi.org/10.1097/SHK.0000000000001470
    • Lei, C. L., Ghosh, S., Whittaker, D. G., Aboelkassem, Y., Beattie, K. A., Cantwell, C. D., Delhaas, T., Houston, C., Novaes, G. M., Panfilov, A. V., Pathmanathan, P., Riabiz, M., dos Santos, R. W., Walmsley, J., Worden, K., Mirams, G. R., & Wilkinson, R. D. (2020). Considering discrepancy when calibrating a mechanistic electrophysiology model. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, 378(2173), [20190349]. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2019.0349
    • van Osta, N., Lyon, A., Kirkels, F., Koopsen, T., van Loon, T., Cramer, M. J., Teske, A. J., Delhaas, T., Huberts, W., & Lumens, J. (2020). Parameter subset reduction for patient-specific modelling of arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy-related mutation carriers in the CircAdapt model. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, 378(2173), [20190347]. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2019.0347
    • Beurskens, D. M. H., Bol, M. E., Delhaas, T., van de Poll, M. C. G., Reutelingsperger, C. P. M., Nicolaes, G. A. F., & Sels, J-W. E. M. (2020). Decreased endothelial glycocalyx thickness is an early predictor of mortality in sepsis. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 48(3), 221-228. https://doi.org/10.1177/0310057X20916471