Visiting professors

CARIM attracts nationally and internationally renowned researchers via several foundations or own initiatives. With their visions and networks, they contribute to the innovation of education and research.

Hein Wellens Visiting Professorship

The Hein Wellens Visiting Professorship is endowed by the St. Annadal foundation to stimulate clinical research in the field of cardiovascular disease. The purpose of this chair is to give renowned scientists the opportunity to teach and apply their knowledge at CARIM.

The chair is named after Prof. Hein Wellens (1935-2020), a Dutch cardiologist who is considered to be one of the founding fathers of the cardiology subspecialty of clinical cardiac electrophysiology. From 1978 until 2002, Prof. Wellens held a chair at Maastricht University as Professor and Head of the Department of Cardiology. 

2004 - 2005J. NarulaIrvine, USA
2007 - 2008M. KrucoffDurham, USA
2008 - 2010Y. RudySt. Louis, USA
2010 - 2011R. KimDurham, USA
2011 - 2013K. MayoMinneapolis, USA
2013 - 2014M. StollMünster, Germany
2016 - 2017A. ZazaMilano, Italy
2020Th. MünzelMainz, Germany


The programme is founded and funded by the CARIM together with the HVC and aims at strengthening the translational cardiovascular axis.

2020 - 2022C. Hughes Irvine

Stichting ter Bevordering van Cardiovasculair Onderzoek en Onderwijs (SBCOO) 


P. Kirchhof

Hamburg, Germany


P. Stenvinkel

Stockholm, Sweden

 The current chair of the SBCOO is held by Prof. Peter Stenvinkel, professor and senior lecturer at Department of Renal Medicine of Karolinska University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Click here to read an interview with Prof. Stenvinkel on his vision on planetary health.