Barend Mees

Assistant Professor

Dr Barend Mees studied medicine at LUMC in Leiden and completed his training as General and Vascular Surgeon at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. He subsequently spent almost three years in Melbourne, Australia, to further specialise in Endovascular Surgery. Since May 2014 he has been a consultant Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon in the Department of Vascular Surgery at Maastricht UMC+ and UniKlinik Aachen, Germany. His clinical area of interest is the (endovascular) treatment of (complex) aortic disease and peripheral arterial disease. He is the research coordinator of the Department of Vascular Surgery and has obtained a PhD in Vascular Biology from Erasmus MC, INSERM (U689, Paris) and Max-Planck Institute (Bad Nauheim, Germany).

His main research focus areas are vascular biology, tissue engineering and innovative endovascular techniques. He is member of the leadership of the Cardiovascular Moonshot of RegMedXB and member of the management team of the InScite XS-GRAFT project. He is the inventor of the MAZE Box, a novel hands-on simulator for Endovascular Surgery and tutor for Vascular International. Dr Mees has been examiner of the UEMS FEBVS examination since 2017. He is organiser of the I-MEET congress and co-director of the European Vascular Course.

Department of Vascular Surgery
P. Debeyelaan 25, 6229 HX Maastricht 
PO Box 5800, 6202 AZ Maastricht
T:+31(0)43 387 74 78

  • 2021
    • van der Beelen, S. H. E., Agten, S. M., Suylen, D. P. L., Wichapong, K., Hrdinova, J., Mees, B. M. E., Spronk, H. M. H., & Hackeng, T. M. (2021). Letter: In response to a recent letter by Prior et al.Thrombosis Research, 207, 66-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.thromres.2021.06.017
    • Smeets, R. R., Demir, D., van Laanen, J., Schurink, G. W. H., & Mees, B. M. E. (2021). Use of covered stent grafts as treatment of traumatic venous injury to the inferior vena cava and iliac veins: A systematic review. Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders, 9(6), 1577-+. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvsv.2021.03.008
    • Jin, H., Mees, B., Biessen, E. A., & Sluimer, J. C. (2021). Transcriptional Sex Dimorphism in Human Atherosclerosis Relates to Plaque Type. Circulation Research. https://doi.org/10.1161/circresaha.121.320099
    • Rogers, R. T., Lemmens, C., Farazdaghi, A., Cirillo-Penn, N. C., Mees, B., Tenorio, E. R., Schurink, G. W. H., De Martino, R., Oderich, G. S., & Mendes, B. C. (2021). Fenestrated/Branched Endovascular Aortic Repair Using Unilateral Femoral Access in Patients With Unilateral Iliac Occlusive Disease. Journal of Vascular Surgery, 74(3), E138-E138.
    • Zoethout, A. C., Ketting, S., Zeebregts, C. J., Apostolou, D., Mees, B. M. E., Berg, P., El Beyrouti, H., De Vries, J-P. P. M., Torella, F., Migliari, M., Silingardi, R., & Reijnen, M. M. P. J. (2021). An International, Multicenter Retrospective Observational Study to Assess Technical Success and Clinical Outcomes of Patients Treated with an Endovascular Aneurysm Sealing Device for Type III Endoleak. Journal of Endovascular Therapy, [15266028211031933]. https://doi.org/10.1177/15266028211031933
    • Jaminon, A. M. G., Akbulut, A. C., Rapp, N., Kramann, R., Biessen, E. A. L., Temmerman, L., Mees, B., Brandenburg, V., Dzhanaev, R., Jahnen-Dechent, W., Floege, J., Uitto, J., Reutelingsperger, C. P., & Schurgers, L. J. (2021). Development of the BioHybrid Assay: Combining Primary Human Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells and Blood to Measure Vascular Calcification Propensity. Cells, 10(8), [2097]. https://doi.org/10.3390/cells10082097
    • Demir, D., Smeets, R., Schurink, G. W. H., & Mees, B. M. E. (2021). Use of thoracic stent grafts to control major iliac vein bleeding. Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders, 9(4), 1058-1061. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvsv.2020.09.012
    • Jin, H., Goossens, P., Juhasz, P., Eijgelaar, W-J., Manca, M., Karel, J., Smirnov, E., Sikkink, C. J. J. M., Mees, B., Waring, O., van Kuijk, K., Fazzi, G., Gijbels, M., Kutmon, M., Evelo, C., Hedin, U., Daemen, M. J., Sluimer, J., Matic, L. P., & Biessen, E. (2021). Integrative multiomics analysis of human atherosclerosis reveals a serum response factor-driven network associated with intraplaque hemorrhage. Clinical and Translational Medicine, 11(6), [e458]. https://doi.org/10.1002/ctm2.458
    • van Kuijk, K., Demandt, J. A. F., Perales-Patón, J., Theelen, T. L., Kuppe, C., Marsch, E., de Bruijn, J., Jin, H., Gijbels, M. J., Matic, L., Mees, B. M. E., Reutelingsperger, C. P. M., Hedin, U., Biessen, E. A. L., Carmeliet, P., Baker, A. H., Kramann, R. K., Schurgers, L. J., Saez-Rodriguez, J., & Sluimer, J. C. (2021). Deficiency of myeloid PHD proteins aggravates atherogenesis via macrophage apoptosis and paracrine fibrotic signalling. Cardiovascular Research. https://doi.org/10.1093/cvr/cvab152
    • Mees, B. M. E. (2021). Off the Shelf Fenestrated Stent Grafts: "Mind The Gap?". European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 61(4), 559-559. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2021.02.010
    • van der Beelen, S. H. E., Agten, S. M., Suylen, D. P. L., Wichapong, K., Hrdinova, J., Mees, B. M. E., Spronk, H. M. H., & Hackeng, T. M. (2021). Design and synthesis of a multivalent catch-and-release assay to measure circulating FXIa. Thrombosis Research, 200, 16-22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.thromres.2021.01.002
    • Mees, B. M. E., da Cunha, G. P., Lemmens, C. C., & Schurink, G. W. H. (2021). Response to: "Re ChEVAR from Below". European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 61(3), 525-526. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2020.11.005
    • Simons, J., Suverein, M., van Mook, W., Caliskan, K., Soliman, O., van de Poll, M., Delnoij, T., Maessen, J., Mees, B., & Lorusso, R. (2021). Do-(Not-)Mechanical-Circulatory-Support Orders: Should We Ask All Cardiac Surgery Patients for Informed Consent for Post-Cardiotomy Extracorporeal Life Circulatory Support?Journal of Clinical Medicine, 10(3), [383]. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm10030383
    • Snoeijs, M. G., & Mees, B. M. E. (2021). Response to "Re The Effect of Geometrical Graft Modification on Arteriovenous Graft Patency in Haemodialysis Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis". European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 61(2), 346-347. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2020.10.003
    • Quicken, S., Delhaas, T., Mees, B. M. E., & Huberts, W. (2021). Haemodynamic optimisation of a dialysis graft design using a global optimisation approach. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, 37(2), [e3423]. https://doi.org/10.1002/cnm.3423
    • Demandt, J. A. F., Dubois, L. J., van Kuijk, K., Zat'ovicova, M., Jin, H., Parkkila, S., van der Laan, S. W., Jelenska, L., Mees, B. M. E., Reutelingsperger, C. P. M., Cleutjens, K. B. J. M., van der Kallen, C. J. H., Schalkwijk, C. G., van Greevenbroek, M. M. J., Biessen, E. A. L., Pasterkamp, G., Pastorekova, S., Stehouwer, C. D. A., & Sluimer, J. C. (2021). The hypoxia-sensor carbonic anhydrase IX affects macrophage metabolism, but is not a suitable biomarker for human cardiovascular disease. Scientific Reports, 11(1), [425]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-79978-5
  • 2020
    • Mees, B. M. E. (2020). European Collaborations on Thoraco-Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair: "We Want More!". European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 60(6), 853. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2020.09.005
    • da Cunha, G. P., Lemmens, C. C., & Mees, B. M. E. (2020). Chimney Endovascular Aneurysm Repair from Below. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 60(5), 780-780. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2020.08.019
    • Yazar, O., Mees, B. M. E., Provoost, A-L., Ketting, S., de Haan, M. W., & Schurink, G. W. H. (2020). Comparing Mobile C-Arm with a Hybrid Operating Room for Imaging in Fenestrated Stent-Graft Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair. Annals of Vascular Surgery, 68, 261-269. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.avsg.2020.04.002
    • Heuts, S., Sprooten, R. T. M., Heines, S. J. H., & Mees, B. M. E. (2020). Mechanical ventilation variability due to tracheal compression in a patient with a mycotic descending aortic aneurysm: an inverse correlation with blood pressure. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 58(4), 864-866. https://doi.org/10.1093/ejcts/ezaa126
    • 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
    • Furmanik, M., Chatrou, M., van Gorp, R., Akbulut, A., Willems, B., Schmidt, H., van Eys, G., Bochaton-Piallat, M-L., Proudfoot, D., Biessen, E., Hedin, U., Perisic, L., Mees, B., Shanahan, C., Reutelingsperger, C., & Schurgers, L. (2020). Reactive Oxygen-Forming Nox5 Links Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Phenotypic Switching and Extracellular Vesicle-Mediated Vascular Calcification. Circulation Research, 127(7), 911-927. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.119.316159
    • Field, J., Ketting, S., Schurink, G. W. H., & Mees, B. M. E. (2020). Ongoing migration of chimney endovascular aneurysm sealing. Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques, 6(3), 443-443. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvscit.2020.06.005
    • 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
    • Kremers, B., Wubbeke, L., Mees, B., ten Cate, H., Spronk, H., & ten Cate-Hoek, A. (2020). Plasma Biomarkers to Predict Cardiovascular Outcome in Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, 40(9), 2018-2032. https://doi.org/10.1161/ATVBAHA.120.314774
    • Mommers, E. H. H., van Kooten, L., Nienhuijs, S. W., Reilingh, T. S. D., Lubbers, T., Mees, B. M. E., Schurink, G. W. H., & Bouvy, N. D. (2020). Can Electric Nose Breath Analysis Identify Abdominal Wall Hernia Recurrence and Aortic Aneurysms? A Proof-of-Concept Study. Surgical Innovation, 27(4), 366-372. [1553350620917898]. https://doi.org/10.1177/1553350620917898
    • 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
    • Mees, B. M. E., Wubbeke, L. F., & Daemen, J. W. H. C. (2020). Re "Gentamicin Containing Collagen Implants and Groin Wound Infections in Vascular Surgery: A Prospective Randomised Controlled Multicentre Trial". European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 60(2), 318-319. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2020.04.023
    • De Boer, S. W., Heinen, S. G. H., Goudeketting, S. R., De Haan, M. W., Mees, B. M., Van Den Heuvel, D. A. F., & De Vries, J-P. P. M. (2020). Novel diagnostic and imaging techniques in endovascular iliac artery procedures. Expert review of cardiovascular therapy, 18(7), 395-404. https://doi.org/10.1080/14779072.2020.1780916
    • Lemmens, C. C., Mees, B. M. E., de Haan, M. W., & Schurink, G. W. H. (2020). Stabilization of a steerable sheath during retrograde access to antegrade-oriented branches in complex endovascular aortic aneurysm repair. Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques, 6(2), 288-291. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvscit.2020.03.014
    • Wubbeke, L. F., Telgenkamp, B., van Boxtel, T., Bolt, L. J. J., Houthoofd, S., Vriens, P. W. H. E., Bouwman, L. H., Mees, B. M. E., & Daemen, J. W. H. C. (2020). Gentamicin Containing Collagen Implants and Groin Wound Infections in Vascular Surgery: A Prospective Randomised Controlled Multicentre Trial. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 59(4), 635-641. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2020.01.010
    • Quicken, S., de Bruin, Y., Mees, B., Tordoir, J., Delhaas, T., & Huberts, W. (2020). Computational study on the haemodynamic and mechanical performance of electrospun polyurethane dialysis grafts. Biomechanics and modeling in mechanobiology, 19(2), 713-722. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10237-019-01242-1
    • Wuebbeke, L. F., Keschenau, P. R., Kotelis, D., Daemen, J. H. C., Jacobs, M. J., & Mees, B. M. E. (2020). Oberschenkelmuskellappen bei inguinalen postoperativen Komplikationen in der Gefäßchirurgie. Der Chirurg, 91(4), 337-344. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00104-019-01054-0
    • Wubbeke, L. F., Elshof, J. W., Conings, J. Z. M., Scheltinga, M. R., Daemen, J. W. H. C., & Mees, B. M. E. (2020). A systematic review on the use of muscle flaps for deep groin infection following vascular surgery. Journal of Vascular Surgery, 71(2), 693-700. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvs.2019.07.073
    • Meertens, M. M., Lemmens, C. C., Oderich, G. S., Schurink, G. W. H., & Mees, B. M. E. (2020). Cerebrovascular Complications After Upper Extremity Access for Complex Aortic Interventions: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, 43(2), 186-195. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00270-019-02330-6
    • Quicken, S., Huberts, W., Tordoir, J., van Loon, M., Delhaas, T., & Mees, B. (2020). Computational Modelling Based Recommendation on Optimal Dialysis Needle Positioning and Dialysis Flow in Patients With Arteriovenous Grafts. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 59(2), 288-294. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2019.08.013
    • Karkkainen, J. M., Tenorio, E. R., Oksala, N., Macedo, T. A., Sen, I., Mendes, B. C., DeMartino, R. R., Jacobs, M. J., Mees, B., & Oderich, G. S. (2020). Pre-operative Psoas Muscle Size Combined With Radiodensity Predicts Mid-Term Survival and Quality of Life After Fenestrated-Branched Endovascular Aortic Repair. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 59(1), 31-39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2019.06.021
  • 2019
    • Meertens, M. M., de Haan, M. W., Schurink, G. W. H., & Mees, B. M. E. (2019). A Stopped Pilot Study of the ProGlide Closure Device After Transbrachial Endovascular Interventions. Journal of Endovascular Therapy, 26(5), 727-731. [1526602819862775]. https://doi.org/10.1177/1526602819862775
    • Petsophonsakul, P., Furmanik, M., Forsythe, R., Dweck, M., Schurink, G. W., Natour, E., Reutelingsperger, C., Jacobs, M., Mees, B., & Schurgers, L. (2019). Role of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Phenotypic Switching and Calcification in Aortic Aneurysm Formation Involvement of Vitamin K-Dependent Processes. Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, 39(7), 1351-1368. https://doi.org/10.1161/ATVBAHA.119.312787
    • Meertens, M., Laturnus, J., Ling, A., Atkinson, N., Mees, B., & Wagner, T. (2019). Percutaneous Axillary Artery Access in Complex Endovascular Aortic Repair. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, 30(6), 830-835. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvir.2018.12.735
    • Karkkainen, J. M., Pather, K., Tenorio, E. R., Mees, B., & Oderich, G. S. (2019). Should endovascular approach be considered as the first option for thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms?Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, 60(3), 298-312. https://doi.org/10.23736/S0021-9509.19.10905-6
    • Kremers, B. M. M., Birocchi, S., van Oerle, R., Zeerleder, S., Spronk, H. M. H., Mees, B. M. E., Luken, B. M., ten Cate, H., & ten Cate-Hoek, A. J. (2019). Searching for a Common Thrombo-Inflammatory Basis in Patients With Deep Vein Thrombosis or Peripheral Artery Disease. Frontiers in cardiovascular medicine, 6, 1-11. [33]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcvm.2019.00033
    • Gombert, A., Kirner, L., Ketting, S., Rueckbeil, M., Mees, B., Barbati, M. E., Keschenau, P. R., Kalder, J., Schurink, G. W., Kotelis, D., & Jacobs, M. J. (2019). Editor's Choice - Outcomes After One Stage Versus Two Stage Open Repair of Type II Thoraco-abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 57(3), 340-348. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2018.09.007
  • 2018
    • Meertens, M. M., Ng, E., Loh, S. E. K., Samuel, M., Mees, B. M. E., & Choong, A. M. T. L. (2018). Transradial Approach for Aortoiliac and Femoropopliteal Interventions: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Journal of Endovascular Therapy, 25(5), 599-607. https://doi.org/10.1177/1526602818792854
    • Keschenau, P. R., Ketting, S., Mees, B., Barbati, M. E., Grommes, J., Gombert, A., Schurink, G. W. H., Kotelis, D., & Jacobs, M. J. (2018). Editor's Choice - Open Thoracic and Thoraco-abdominal Aortic Repair After Prior Endovascular Therapy. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 56(1), 57-67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2018.03.015
    • van Laanen, J. H. H., Cornelis, T., Mees, B. M., Litjens, E. J., van Loon, M. M., Tordoir, J. H. M., & Peppelenbosch, A. G. (2018). RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL COMPARING OPEN VERSUS LAPAROSCOPIC PLACEMENT OF A PERITONEAL DIALYSIS CATHETER AND OUTCOMES: THE CAPD I TRIAL. Peritoneal Dialysis International, 38(2), 104-112. https://doi.org/10.3747/pdi.2017.00023
  • 2017
    • Keschenau, P. R., Kotelis, D., Bisschop, J., Barbati, M. E., Grommes, J., Mees, B., Gombert, A., Peppelenbosch, A. G., Schurink, G. W. H., Kalder, J., & Jacobs, M. J. (2017). Editor's Choice - Open Thoracic and Thoraco-abdominal Aortic Repair in Patients with Connective Tissue Disease. European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, 54(5), 588-596. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejvs.2017.07.026
    • Sailer, A. M., Paulis, L., Vergoossen, L., Kovac, A. O., Wijnhoven, G., Schurink, G. W. H., Mees, B., Das, M., Wildberger, J. E., de Haan, M. W., & Jeukens, C. R. L. P. N. (2017). Real-Time Patient and Staff Radiation Dose Monitoring in IR Practice. Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, 40(3), 421-429. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00270-016-1526-8
    • Dawes, B., Mees, B., & Chuen, J. (2017). Endovascular repair of a 63-year-old complication: post-traumatic anterior tibial artery arteriovenous fistula. Anz Journal of Surgery, 87(7-8), E52-E53. https://doi.org/10.1111/ans.12968
  • 2016
    • Quicken, S., Donders, W. P., van Disseldorp, E. M. J., Gashi, K., Mees, B. M. E., van de Vosse, F. N., Lopata, R. G. P., Delhaas, T., & Huberts, W. (2016). Application of an Adaptive Polynomial Chaos Expansion on Computationally Expensive Three-Dimensional Cardiovascular Models for Uncertainty Quantification and Sensitivity Analysis. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering-Transactions of the Asme, 138(12). https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4034709