Jos Maessen


Prof. Jos Maessen joined a young Maastricht University community in 1978 and stayed there after graduation in Medicine, obtaining his PhD, and being trained as a cardiothoracic surgeon, to become professor and chief of the Department of Cardiothoracic surgery as well as Principal Investigator in CARIM in 2005. From a rather non-academic clinical department, his group turned into an important clinical partner for basic scientists within CARIM initiating and supporting many translational research projects. Apart from delivering the best possible care his team is convinced that this approach is the best and shortest way to innovate the cardiac surgical profession. Crossing borders leads to new opportunities. Surgeons and electrophysiologists developed hybrid treatment modalities for AF treatment with better results and new research opportunities. Similarly, in reconstructive surgery of the aorta and mitral valve, combining treatment with virtual reality, modeling and experimental imaging, outcome improved and the results raised new hypotheses for basis research.

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
P. Debyelaan 25, 6229 HX Maastricht 
PO Box 5800, 6202 AZ Maastricht
Room number: 3.C2.023
T: +31(0)43 387 11 25

  • 2019
    • Heuts, S., Olsthoorn, J. R., Hermans, S. M. M., Streukens, S. A. F., Vainer, J., Cheriex, E. C., Segers, P., Maessen, J. G., & Sardari Nia, P. (2019). Multidisciplinary decision-making in mitral valve disease: the mitral valve heart team. Netherlands Heart Journal, 27(4), 176-184.
    • Jainandunsing, J. S., Linneinann, R., Maessen, J., Natour, N. E., Lorusso, R., Gelsomino, S., Johnson, D. M., & Natour, E. (2019). Aorto-atrial fistula formation and therapy. Journal of Thoracic Disease, 11(3), 1016-1021.
    • Daemen, J. H. T., Heuts, S., Olsthoorn, J. R., Maessen, J. G., & Sardari Nia, P. (2019). Mitral valve modelling and three-dimensional printing for planning and simulation of mitral valve repair. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 55(3), 543-551.
    • Gelsomino, S., Bidar, E., Jainandunsing, J. S., Tielliu, I. F. J., Lorusso, R., Johnson, D., Maessen, J. G., & Natour, E. (2019). Modified Gott shunt to avoid left ventricular overload and cerebral hypoperfusion during distal aortic arch surgery. Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques, 5(1), 65-67.
    • Olsthoorn, J. R., Heuts, S., Streukens, S. A. F., Hermans, S. M. M., Maessen, J. G., & Sardari Nia, P. (2019). Unexpected prolapse of the anterior leaflet during saline testing in mitral valve repair. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 55(3), 552-558.
    • Sardari Nia, P., Olsthoorn, J. R., Heuts, S., & Maessen, J. G. (2019). Interactive 3D Reconstruction of Pulmonary Anatomy for Preoperative Planning, Virtual Simulation, and Intraoperative Guiding in Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Lung Surgery. Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, 14(1), 17-26.
    • Kuiper, G. J. A. J. M., van Egmond, L. T., Henskens, Y. M. C., Roekaerts, P. M., Maessen, J. G., ten Cate, H., Buhre, W. F., & Lance, M. D. (2019). Shifts of Transfusion Demand in Cardiac Surgery After Implementation of Rotational Thromboelastometry-Guided Transfusion Protocols: Analysis of the HEROES-CS (HEmostasis Registry of patiEntS in Cardiac Surgery) Observational, Prospective Open Cohort Database. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, 33(2), 307-317.
    • Koneczny, I., Rennspiess, D., Marcuse, F., Dankerlui, N., Hamid, M. A., Mane-Damas, M., Maessen, J., Van Schil, P., Saxena, A., Zisimopoulou, P., Lazaridis, K., Woodhall, M., Karagiorgou, K., Tzartos, J., Tzartos, S., De Baets, M. H., Molenaar, P. C., Marx, A., zur Hausen, A., ... Martinez-Martinez, P. (2019). Characterization of the thymus in Lrp4 myasthenia gravis: Four cases. Autoimmunity Reviews, 18(1), 50-55.
    • Meani, P., Matteucci, M., Jiritano, F., Fina, D., Panzeri, F., Raffa, G. M., Kowalewski, M., Morici, N., Viola, G., Sacco, A., Oliva, F., Alyousif, A., Heuts, S., Gilbers, M., Schreurs, R., Maessen, J., & Lorusso, R. (2019). Long-term survival and major outcomes in post-cardiotomy extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for adult patients in cardiogenic shock. Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery, 8(1), 116-122.
    • Raffa, G. M., Kowalewski, M., Brodie, D., Ogino, M., Whitman, G., Meani, P., Pilato, M., Arcadipane, A., Delnoij, T., Natour, E., Gelsomino, S., Maessen, J., & Lorusso, R. (2019). Meta-Analysis of Peripheral or Central Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in Postcardiotomy and Non-Postcardiotomy Shock. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 107(1), 311-321.
    • 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.
    • Vroomen, M., Maesen, B., Luermans, J. G., Crijns, H. J., Maessen, J. G., Meir, M. L., & Pison, L. (2019). Left Atrial Appendage Management with the Watchman Device during Hybrid Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation. Journal of Interventional Cardiology, 2019, Article 4525084.
  • 2018
    • Adriaans, B. P., Heuts, S., Gerretsen, S., Cheriex, E. C., Vos, R., Natour, E., Maessen, J. G., Sardari Nia, P., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Wildberger, J. E., & Schalla, S. (2018). Aortic elongation part I: the normal aortic ageing process. Heart, 104(21), 1772-1777.
    • Heuts, S., Adriaans, B. P., Gerretsen, S., Natour, E., Vos, R., Cheriex, E. C., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Wildberger, J. E., Maessen, J. G., Schalla, S., & Sardari Nia, P. (2018). Aortic elongation part II: the risk of acute type A aortic dissection. Heart, 104(21), 1778-1782.
    • Gelsomino, S., Bidar, E., Lorusso, R., Johnson, D. M., Maessen, J. G., & Natour, E. (2018). Open repair of type Ia endoleak in the aortic arch: three tailored approaches. Journal of Thoracic Disease, 10(11), 6261-6265.
    • Daemen, J. H. T., Heuts, S., Olsthoorn, J. R., Maessen, J., & Sardari Nia, P. (2018). Right minithoracotomy versus median sternotomy for reoperative mitral valve surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 54(5), 817-825.
    • Podziemski, P., Zeemering, S., Kuklik, P., van Hunnik, A., Maesen, B., Maessen, J., Crijns, H. J., Verheule, S., & Schotten, U. (2018). Rotors Detected by Phase Analysis of Filtered, Epicardial Atrial Fibrillation Electrograms Colocalize With Regions of Conduction Block. Circulation-Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, 11(10), Article e005858.
    • Lorusso, R., Vizzardi, E., Johnson, D. M., Mariscalco, G., Sciatti, E., Maessen, J., Bidar, E., & Gelsomino, S. (2018). Cardiac surgery in adult patients with remitted or active malignancies: a review of preoperative screening, surgical management and short- and long-term postoperative results. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 54(1), 10-18.
    • Kanchi, M., Manjunath, R., Maessen, J., Vincent, L., & Belani, K. (2018). Effect of sodium bicarbonate infusion in off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting in patients with renal dysfunction. Journal of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology, 34(3), 301-306.
    • Bousema, J. E., Dijkgraaf, M. G. W., Papen-Botterhuis, N. E., Schreurs, H. W., Maessen, J. G., van der Heijden, E. H., Steup, W. H., Braun, J., Noyez, V. J. J. M., Hoeijmakers, F., Beck, N., van Dorp, M., Claessens, N. J. M., Hiddinga, B. I., Daniels, J. M. A., Heineman, D. J., Zandbergen, H. R., Verhagen, A. F. T. M., van Schil, P. E., ... Dingemans, A.-M. (2018). MEDIASTinal staging of non-small cell lung cancer by endobronchial and endoscopic ultrasonography with or without additional surgical mediastinoscopy (MEDIASTrial): study protocol of a multicenter randomised controlled trial. BMC Surgery, 18(27), 1-11. Article 27.
    • Heuts, S., Daemen, J. H. T., Streukens, S. A. F., Olsthoorn, J. R., Vainer, J., Cheriex, E. C., Maessen, J. G., & Sardari Nia, P. (2018). Preoperative Planning of Transapical Beating Heart Mitral Valve Repair for Safe Adaptation in Clinical Practice. Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, 13(3), 200-206.
    • Maesen, B., Pison, L., Vroomen, M., Luermans, J. G., Vernooy, K., Maessen, J. G., Crijns, H. J., & LaMeir, M. (2018). Three-year follow-up of hybrid ablation for atrial fibrillation. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 53, 26-32.
    • de Jong, M. M., Lorusso, R., Al Awami, F., Matteuci, F., Parise, O., Lozekoot, P., Bonacchi, M., Maessen, J. G., Johnson, D. M., & Gelsomino, S. (2018). Vascular complications following intra-aortic balloon pump implantation: an updated review. Perfusion, 33(2), 96-104.
  • 2017
    • Raffa, G. M., Gelsomino, S., Sluijpers, N., Meani, P., Alenizy, K., Natour, E., Bidar, E., Johnson, D. M., Makhoul, M., Heuts, S., Lozekoot, P., Kats, S., Schreurs, R., Delnoij, T., Montalti, A., Sels, J. W., Poll, M. V. D., Roekaerts, P., Maessen, J., & Lorusso, R. (2017). In-hospital outcome of post-cardiotomy extracorporeal life support in adult patients: the 2007-2017 Maastricht experience. Critical Care and Resuscitation, 19(Suppl 1), 53-61.
    • Phan, K., Pison, L., Wang, N., Kanagaratnam, A., Yan, T. D., Maesen, B., Maessen, J. G., Crijns, H. J., & La Meir, M. (2017). Effectiveness and safety of simultaneous hybrid thoracoscopic endocardial catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in obese and non-obese patients. Journal of Thoracic Disease, 9(9), 3087-3096.
    • van Middendorp, L. B., Kuiper, M., Munts, C., Wouters, P., Maessen, J. G., van Nieuwenhoven, F. A., & Prinzen, F. W. (2017). Local microRNA-133a downregulation is associated with hypertrophy in the dyssynchronous heart. Esc heart failure, 4(3), 241-251.
    • Lorusso, R., Gelsomino, S., Parise, O., Di Mauro, M., Barili, F., Geskes, G., Vizzardi, E., Rycus, P. T., Muellenbach, R., Mueller, T., Pesenti, A., Combes, A., Peek, G., Frenckner, B., Di Nardo, M., Swol, J., Maessen, J., & Thiagarajan, R. R. (2017). Neurologic Injury in Adults Supported With Veno-Venous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Respiratory Failure: Findings From the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Database. Critical Care Medicine, 45(8), 1389-1397.
    • Lorusso, R., Gelsomino, S., Parise, O., Mendiratta, P., Prodhan, P., Rycus, P., MacLaren, G., Brogan, T. V., Chen, Y.-S., Maessen, J., Hou, X., & Thiagarajan, R. R. (2017). Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation for Refractory Cardiogenic Shock in Elderly Patients: Trends in Application and Outcome From the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Registry. Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 104(1), 62-69.
    • Vroomen, M., La Meir, M., Maessen, J. G., Crijns, H. J., & Pison, L. (2017). Adenosine administration during hybrid atrial fibrillation ablation to test dormant pulmonary vein conduction. Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology, 49(1), 59-65.
    • Gelsomino, S., Lozekoot, P. W. J., de Jong, M. M. J., Luca, F., Parise, O., Matteucci, F., Romano, M., Hossien, A., La Meir, M., Marchionni, N., Maessen, J. G., & Lorusso, R. (2017). Is visceral flow during intra-aortic balloon pumping size or volume dependent?Perfusion, 32(4), 285-295.
    • Meani, P., Gelsomino, S., Natour, E., Johnson, D. M., Rocca, H.-P. B. L., Pappalardo, F., Bidar, E., Makhoul, M., Raffa, G., Heuts, S., Lozekoot, P., Kats, S., Sluijpers, N., Schreurs, R., Delnoij, T., Montalti, A., Sels, J. W., van de Poll, M., Roekaerts, P., ... Lorusso, R. (2017). Modalities and Effects of Left Ventricle Unloading on Extracorporeal Life support: a Review of the Current Literature. European journal of heart failure, 19 Suppl 2, 84-91.
    • Maessen, J. (2017). 'Shared decison-making': als de dokter patiënt wordt. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 161, Article D881.
    • Ranjbar, S., Sardari Nia, P., Karvandi, M., & Maessen, J. (2017). Computational fluid dynamics in aortic arch pathophysiology. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 51(2), 398-398.
    • Kuklik, P., Zeemering, S., van Hunnik, A., Maesen, B., Pison, L., Lau, D. H., Maessen, J., Podziemski, P., Meyer, C., Schaeffer, B., Crijns, H., Willems, S., & Schotten, U. (2017). Identification of Rotors during Human Atrial Fibrillation Using Contact Mapping and Phase Singularity Detection: Technical Considerations. Ieee Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 64(2), 310-318.
    • Sardari Nia, P., Heuts, S., Daemen, J., Luyten, P., Vainer, J., Hoorntje, J., Cheriex, E., & Maessen, J. (2017). Preoperative planning with three-dimensional reconstruction of patient's anatomy, rapid prototyping and simulation for endoscopic mitral valve repair. Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, 24(2), 163-168.
    • Kumar, N., Pison, L., Gelsomino, S., Aksoy, I., La Meir, M., & Maessen, J. (2017). We Know What the Cardiac Surgeon Did During Last Hybrid Arrhythmia Procedure. Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, 12(1), 67-70.
    • Cuminetti, G., Gelsomino, S., Curello, S., Lorusso, R., Maessen, J. G., & Hoorntje, J. C. A. (2017). Contemporary use of arterial and venous conduits in coronary artery bypass grafting: anatomical, functional and clinical aspects. Netherlands Heart Journal, 25(1), 4-13.
    • Kanchi, M., Manjunath, R., Massen, J., Vincent, L., & Belani, K. (2017). Neutrophil Gelatinase-associated Lipocalin as a Biomarker for Predicting Acute Kidney Injury during Off-pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting. Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia, 20(3), 297-302.
    • Poels, T. T., Kats, S., Veenstra, L., van Ommen, V., Maessen, J. G., & Prinzen, F. W. (2017). Reservations about the Selvester QRS score in left bundle branch block - Experience in patients with transcatheter aortic valve implantation. Journal of Electrocardiology, 50(2), 261-267.
  • 2016
    • Engels, E. B., Poels, T. T., Houthuizen, P., de Jaegere, P. P. T., Maessen, J. G., Vernooy, K., & Prinzen, F. W. (2016). Electrical remodelling in patients with iatrogenic left bundle branch block. EP Europace, 18(Suppl_4), 44-52.
    • Lorusso, R., Barili, F., Di Mauro, M., Gelsomino, S., Parise, O., Rycus, P. T., Maessen, J., Mueller, T., Muellenbach, R., Belohlavek, J., Peek, G., Combes, A., Frenckner, B., Pesenti, A., & Thiagarajan, R. R. (2016). In-Hospital Neurologic Complications in Adult Patients Undergoing Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: Results From the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Registry. Critical Care Medicine, 44(10), e964–e972.
    • Gelsomino, S., La Meir, M., van Breugel, H. N. A. M., Renzulli, A., Rostagno, C., Lorusso, R., Parise, O., Lozekoot, P. W. J., Klop, I. D. G., Kumar, N., Luca, F., Matteucci, F., Serraino, F., Sante, P., Caciolli, S., Vizzardi, E., De Jong, M., Crijns, H. J. G. M., Gensini, G. F., & Maessen, J. G. (2016). Surgical ablation in patients undergoing mitral valve surgery: impact of lesion set and surgical techniques on long-term success. EP Europace, 18(10), 1528-1537.
    • Kremers, R. M. W., Bosch, Y. P. J., Bloemen, S., de Laat, B., Weerwind, P. W., Mochtar, B., Maessen, J. G., Wagenvoord, R. J., Al Dieri, R., & Hemker, H. C. (2016). A reduction of prothrombin conversion by cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass shifts the haemostatic balance towards bleeding. Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 116(3), 442-451.
    • Vranken, N. P. A., Ganushchak, Y. M., Willigers, H. M., Maessen, J. G., & Weerwind, P. W. (2016). Vascular Occlusion Test to Dynamically Assess Microcirculation During Normothermic Pulsatile Cardiopulmonary Bypass. Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, 30(4), 979-984.
    • Hossien, A., Gesomino, S., Maessen, J., & Autschbach, R. (2016). The Interactive Use of Multi-Dimensional Modeling and 3D Printing in Preplanning of Type A Aortic Dissection. Journal of Cardiac Surgery, 31(7), 441-445.
    • Keijzers, M., & Maessen, J. G. (2016). Thymomectomy in early stage thymomas-case closed?Journal of Thoracic Disease, 8(7), 1440-1442.
    • Hossien, A., Gelsomino, S., Mochtar, B., Sardari Nia, P., Kats, S., & Maessen, J. (2016). Value of Multidimensional Modeling in Planning Surgery for a Dissecting Ventricular Septal Hematoma Following Aortic Valve Sparing Root Reimplantation. Journal of Cardiac Surgery, 31(6), 390-393.
    • van Breugel, H. N. A. M., Orlando, P., Nieman, F. H. M., Accord, R. E., Luca, F., Lozekoot, P., Kumar, N., van Mastrigt, G. A. P. G., Nijs, J. F. M. A., Vrakking, R., Maessen, J. G., La Meir, M., & Gelsomino, S. (2016). Does sinus rhythm conversion after cardiac surgery affect postoperative health- related quality of life?Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, 11(1), Article 75.
    • Gelsomino, S., Lozekoot, P. W. J., Lorusso, R., de Jong, M. M. J., Parise, O., Matteucci, F., Luca, F., La Meir, M., Gensini, G. F., & Maessen, J. G. (2016). Comparing short versus standard-length balloon for intra-aortic counterpulsation: results from a porcine model of myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 49(5), 1361-1369.