Rob Driessen

Assistant Professor

Rob Driessen studied Medicine at the Faculty of Health, Medicine & Life Sciences (FHML) at the Maastricht University. After receiving his medical degree in 2006, he started as a cardiology resident under the supervision of Prof. dr. H.J.G.M. Crijns which led to his registration as a cardiologist in 2013. He then started a fellowship Intensive Care,  under supervision of Dr. D.C.J.J. Bergmans and was registered as a cardiologist-intensivist in 2016. In the same year, he got a staff position as a cardiologist-intensivist at the MUMC+.

In 2017, he started his research trajectory on sepsis, inflammation, and cardiac sequelae of COVID-19 under supervision of Prof. dr. J.C.C. van der Horst, which led to the defense of his PhD thesis “Sepsis in the Intensive care unit; from definitions to outcomes” in April 2022. 

Rob now continues his career as a clinician and researcher in the departments of Intensive care and Cardiology, with special interest in cardiac monitoring in critically ill patients and sepsis and its cardiovascular sequelae.

Department of Intensive Care
P. Debeyelaan 25, 6229 HX Maastricht
Room number: Level 3, room 3.C2.014
T: +31(0)43 387 29 45 or *6184

  • 2024
    • de Kok, J. W. T. M., van Bussel, B. C. T., Schnabel, R., van Herpt, T. T. W., Driessen, R. G. H., Meijs, D. A. M., Goossens, J. A., Mertens, H. J. M. M., van Kuijk, S. M. J., Wynants, L., van der Horst, I. C. C., & van Rosmalen, F. (2024). Table 0; documenting the steps to go from clinical database to research dataset. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 170, Article 111342. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2024.111342
    • Aydeniz, E., Weberndorfer, V., Brandts, L., Smulders, M. W., van Herpt, T. T. W., Martens, B., Vernooy, K., Linz, D., van der Horst, I. C. C., Wildberger, J. E., van Bussel, B. C. T., Driessen, R. G. H., & Mihl, C. (2024). Pericardial Fat Is Associated With Less Severe Multiorgan Failure Over Time in Patients With Coronavirus Disease-19: The Maastricht Intensive Care COVID Cohort. Journal of Thoracic Imaging, 39(3), W32-W39. https://doi.org/10.1097/RTI.0000000000000732
    • Aydeniz, E., van Rosmalen, F., de Kok, J., Martens, B., Mingels, A. M. A., Canakci, M. E., Mihl, C., Vernooy, K., Prinzen, F. W., Wildberger, J. E., van der Horst, I. C. C., van Bussel, B. C. T., & Driessen, R. G. H. (2024). The association between coronary artery calcification and vectorcardiography in mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients: the Maastricht Intensive Care COVID cohort. Intensive Care Medicine Experimental, 12(1), Article 26. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40635-024-00611-0
    • de Kok, J. W. T. M., van Rosmalen, F., Koeze, J., Keus, F., van Kuijk, S. M. J., Castela Forte, J., Schnabel, R. M., Driessen, R. G. H., van Herpt, T. T. W., Sels, J.-W. E. M., Bergmans, D. C. J. J., Lexis, C. P. H., van Doorn, W. P. T. M., Meex, S. J. R., Xu, M., Borrat, X., Cavill, R., van der Horst, I. C. C., & van Bussel, B. C. T. (2024). Deep embedded clustering generalisability and adaptation for integrating mixed datatypes: two critical care cohorts. Scientific Reports, 14(1), Article 1045. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-024-51699-z
    • Simons, J., Di Mauro, M., Mariani, S., Ravaux, J., van der Horst, I. C. C., Driessen, R. G. H., Sels, J. W., Delnoij, T., Brodie, D., Abrams, D., Mueller, T., Taccone, F. S., Belliato, M., Broman, M. L., Malfertheiner, M. V., Boeken, U., Fraser, J., Wiedemann, D., Belohlavek, J., ... Lorusso, R. (2024). Bilateral Femoral Cannulation Is Associated With Reduced Severe Limb Ischemia-Related Complications Compared With Unilateral Femoral Cannulation in Adult Peripheral Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: Results From the Extracorporeal Life Support Registry. Critical Care Medicine, 52(1), 80-91. https://doi.org/10.1097/CCM.0000000000006040
  • 2022
    • Raafs, A. G., Ghossein, M. A., Brandt, Y., Henkens, M. T. H. M., Kooi, M. E., Vernooy, K., Spaanderman, M. E. A., Gerretsen, S., van Santen, S., Driessen, R. G. H., Knackstedt, C., van der Horst, I. C. C., van Bussel, B. C. T., Heymans, S. R. B., Ghossein-Doha, C., & MaastrICCht Collaborators (2022). Cardiovascular outcome 6 months after severe coronavirus disease 2019 infection. Journal of Hypertension, 40(7), 1278-1287. https://doi.org/10.1097/hjh.0000000000003110
    • Martens, B., Driessen, R. G. H., Brandts, L., Hoitinga, P., van Veen, F., Driessen, M., Weberndörfer, V., Kietselaer, B., Ghossein-Doha, C., Gietema, H. A., Vernooy, K., van der Horst, I. C. C., Wildberger, J. E., van Bussel, B. C. T., Mihl, C., & MaastrICCht Collaborators (2022). Coronary Artery Calcifications Are Associated With More Severe Multiorgan Failure in Patients With Severe Coronavirus Disease 2019 Infection: Longitudinal Results of the Maastricht Intensive Care COVID Cohort. Journal of Thoracic Imaging, 37(4), 217-224. https://doi.org/10.1097/RTI.0000000000000648
    • Ghossein, M. A., Driessen, R. G. H., van Rosmalen, F., Sels, J.-W. E. M., Delnoij, T., Geyik, Z., Mingels, A. M. A., van Stipdonk, A. M. W., Prinzen, F. W., Ghossein-Doha, C., van Kuijk, S. M. J., van der Horst, I. C. C., Vernooy, K., & van Bussel, B. C. T. (2022). Serial Assessment of Myocardial Injury Markers in Mechanically Ventilated Patients With SARS-CoV-2 (from the Prospective MaastrICCht Cohort). American Journal of Cardiology, 170, 118-127. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjcard.2022.01.030
  • 2021
    • Nguyen, U. C., Vernemmen, A. I. P., Segers, P., zur Hausen, A., Driessen, R. G. H., Pluijmen, M. J. H. M., & Bekkers, S. C. A. M. (2021). Case Report: An Unusual Cause for Recurrent Hemopericardium in a Patient With Dyspnea. Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, 8, Article 755106. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcvm.2021.755106
    • Driessen, R. G. H., Groven, R. V. M., van Koll, J., Oudhuis, G. J., Posthouwer, D., van der Horst, I. C. C., Bergmans, D. C. J. J., & Schnabel, R. M. (2021). Appropriateness of empirical antibiotic therapy and added value of adjunctive gentamicin in patients with septic shock: a prospective cohort study in the ICU. Infectious Diseases, 53(11), 830-838. https://doi.org/10.1080/23744235.2021.1942543
    • Driessen, R. G. H., Kiers, D., Schalkwijk, C. G., Scheijen, J. L. J. M., Gerretsen, J., Pickkers, P., van de Poll, M. C. G., van der Horst, I. C. C., Bergmans, D. C. J. J., Kox, M., & van Bussel, B. C. T. (2021). Systemic inflammation down-regulates glyoxalase-1 expression: an experimental study in healthy males. Bioscience Reports, 41(7), Article BSR20210954. https://doi.org/10.1042/BSR20210954
    • Driessen, R. G. H., Latten, B. G. H., Bergmans, D. C. J. J., Hulsewe, R. P. M. G., Holtkamp, J. W. M., van der Horst, I. C. C., Kubat, B., & Schnabel, R. M. (2021). Clinical diagnoses vs. autopsy findings in early deceased septic patients in the intensive care: a retrospective cohort study. Virchows Archiv, 478(6), 1173-1178. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00428-020-02984-5
    • Pluymaekers, N. A. H. A., Dudink, E. A. M. P., Weijs, B., Vernooy, K., Hartgerink, D. E. J., Jacobs, J. S., Erkuner, O., Marcks, N. G. H. M., van Cauteren, Y. J. M., Dinh, T., ter Bekke, R. M. A., Sels, J. E. M. W., Delnoij, T. S. R., Geyik, Z., Driessen, R. G. H., Linz, D. K., den Uijl, D. W., Crijns, H. J. G. M., & Luermans, J. G. L. M. (2021). Clinical determinants of early spontaneous conversion to sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation. Netherlands Heart Journal, 29(5), 255-261. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12471-020-01528-5
    • Kowalewski, M., Zielinski, K., Gozdek, M., Raffa, G. M., Pilato, M., Alanazi, M., Gilbers, M., Heuts, S., Natour, E., Bidar, E., Schreurs, R., Delnoij, T., Driessen, R., Sels, J. W., van de Poll, M., Roekaerts, P., Pasierski, M., Meani, P., Maessen, J., ... Lorusso, R. (2021). Veno-Arterial Extracorporeal Life Support in Heart Transplant and Ventricle Assist Device Centres. Meta-analysis. Esc heart failure, 8(2), 1064-1075. https://doi.org/10.1002/ehf2.13080
    • Driessen, R. G. H., Heijnen, N. F. L., Hulsewe, R. P. M. G., Holtkamp, J. W. M., Winkens, B., van de Poll, M. C. G., van der Horst, I. C. C., Bergmans, D. C. J. J., & Schnabel, R. M. (2021). Early ICU-mortality in sepsis - causes, influencing factors and variability in clinical judgement: a retrospective cohort study. Infectious Diseases, 53(1), 61-68. https://doi.org/10.1080/23744235.2020.1821912
  • 2020
    • Kowalewski, M., Raffa, G., Zielinski, K., Meani, P., Alanazi, M., Gilbers, M., Heuts, S., Natour, E., Bidar, E., Schreurs, R., Delnoij, T., Driessen, R., Sels, J. W., van de Poll, M., Roekaerts, P., Maessen, J., Suwalski, P., & Lorusso, R. (2020). Baseline surgical status and short-term mortality after extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for post-cardiotomy shock: a meta-analysis. Perfusion, 35(3), 246-254. Article 0267659119865122. https://doi.org/10.1177/0267659119865122
    • Kowalewski, M., Raffa, G. M., Zielinski, K., Alanazi, M., Gilbers, M., Heuts, S., Natour, E., Bidar, E., Schreurs, R., Delnoij, T., Driessen, R., Sels, J.-W., van de Poll, M., Roekaerts, P., Meani, P., Maessen, J., Suwalski, P., & Lorusso, R. (2020). The impact of Centre's heart transplant status and volume on in-hospital outcomes following extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for refractory post-cardiotomy cardiogenic shock: a meta-analysis. BMC Cardiovascular disorders, 20(1), Article 10. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12872-019-01317-y
    • Tas, J., van Gassel, R. J. J., Heines, S. J. H., Mulder, M. M. G., Heijnen, N. F. L., Acampo-de Jong, M. J., Bels, J. L. M., Bennis, F. C., Koelmann, M., Groven, R. V. M., Donkers, M. A., van Rosmalen, F., Hermans, B. J. M., Meex, S. J. R., Mingels, A., Bekers, O., Savelkoul, P., Oude Lashof, A. M. L., Wildberger, J., ... van Bussel, B. C. T. (2020). Serial measurements in COVID-19-induced acute respiratory disease to unravel heterogeneity of the disease course: design of the Maastricht Intensive Care COVID cohort (MaastrICCht). BMJ Open, 10(9), Article 040175. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-040175
  • 2019
    • Meani, P., Delnoij, T., Raffa, G. M., Morici, N., Viola, G., Sacco, A., Oliva, F., Heuts, S., Sels, J.-W., Driessen, R., Roekaerts, P., Gilbers, M., Bidar, E., Schreurs, R., Natour, E., Veenstra, L., Kats, S., Maessen, J., & Lorusso, R. (2019). Protracted aortic valve closure during peripheral veno-arterial extracorporeal life support: is intra-aortic balloon pump an effective solution?Perfusion, 34(1), 35-41. https://doi.org/10.1177/0267659118787426
  • 2018
    • Driessen, R. G. H., van de Poll, M. C. G., Mol, M. F., van Mook, W. N. K. A., & Schnabel, R. M. (2018). The influence of a change in septic shock definitions on intensive care epidemiology and outcome: comparison of sepsis-2 and sepsis-3 definitions. Infectious Diseases, 50(3), 207-213. https://doi.org/10.1080/23744235.2017.1383630
  • 2016
    • Delnoij, T. S. R., Driessen, R., Sharma, A. S., Bouman, E. A., Strauch, U., & Roekaerts, P. M. (2016). Venovenous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in Intractable Pulmonary Insufficiency: Practical Issues and Future Directions. BioMed Research International, 2016, Article 9367464. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/9367464
  • 2015
    • Driessen, R., Sardari Nia, P., Roekaerts, P., & Delnoij, T. (2015). Cardiac rupture with giant left ventricular pseudoaneurysm following inferior wall myocardial infarction: A rare complication. Acute cardiac care, 17(2), 33. https://doi.org/10.3109/17482941.2015.1066825
  • 2014
    • van Dongen, M., van Kraaij, D., Schalla, S., Brunner-La Rocca, H., & Driessen, R. (2014). Severe mitral regurgitation caused by eosinophilic endocarditis. Journal of Cardiology Cases, 10(3). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jccase.2014.05.012