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prof.dr. D.W. Donker MD (Dirk)

Full Professor

About Me

In March 2021, I was appointed on the chair of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology (CRPH) at the faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Twente.

The chair is specifically intended to stimulate translational research and education. This, in order to allow patients and health care professionals to maximally benefit from the latest ingenious technologies integrated into modern clinical practice. In this sense, I consider my academic-clinical ambitions equally important as my dedication to professional education in technical medicine, biomedical technology and medicine.

I am indebted for the opportunity to combine my professorship with a position as a senior staff member and intensivist-cardiologist in the Intensive Care Centre at the University Medical Centre Utrecht.

The care for patients with acute and life-threatening disease remains complex and challenging. My experience from daily critical care underlines my enduring personal aspiration to advance technological innovation and improve clinical practice.  

After attending medical school in Essen, Germany, I received my PhD thesis entitled ‘Cardiac mechanomyopathy - integrating the picture from cell to beating heart’ from Maastricht University in 2008. Meanwhile, I completed my medical specialization in Cardiology followed by Intensive Care training at the Maastricht University Medical Center. In 2013, I joined the staff of the Intensive Care Centre at the University Medical Centre Utrecht and in 2019, I expanded my academic-clinical experience in Cardiological Critical Care at the La Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris.

My clinical, educational and research interests center around complex cardiovascular and respiratory care. In recent years, I focused on cardiac and pulmonary extracorporeal life support to optimize its clinical use and expand practice-relevant mechanistic insights. My affinity with echocardiography and an inspiring collaboration on patient-specific computer simulation through the years has greatly enlarged my comprehensive physiological understanding and contributes importantly to my work as a physician.

I am actively involved in national and international scientific organizations in the field, collaborate with many dedicated clinicians, researchers and companies, authored many scientific publications and provided numerous presentations. All this, to foster professionals’ enthusiasm and strive to realize a continuing translation of technology, where it is most urgently needed: at the bedside of the individual patient.

Expertise

Medicine & Life Sciences
Cardiogenic Shock
Computer Simulation
Echocardiography
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
Hemodynamics
Intensive Care Units
Legionella
Weaning

Publications

Recent
Saeeed, D., Potapov, E., Laforte, A., Morshuis, M., Schibilsky, D., Zimpfer, D., Riebandt, J., Pappalardo, F., Attisani, M., Haneya, A., Ramjankhan, F. , Donker, D. W., Tsyganenko, D., Jorde, U., Jawad, K., Wieloch, R., Ayala, R., Cremer, J., Borger, M., ... Gummert, J. (2021). Stroke Complications in Patients Requiring Durable VAD Systems after VA-ECMO Support. Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon, 69(S01), S1-S85. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0041-1725609
Saeed, D., Potapov, E., Laforte, A., Morshuis, M., Schibilsky, D., Zimpfer, D., Riebandt, J., Pappalardo, F., Attisani, M., Rinaldi, M., Haneya, A., Ramjankhan, F. , Donker, D. W., Jorde, U., Stein, J., Tsyganenko, D., Jawa, K., Wieloch, R., & Gummert, J. (2021). Neurological Complications in Patients Requiring Durable VAD Systems after ECLS Support. On Behalf of ECLS- Durable MCS Study Group. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 40(4S), S78. [167]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healun.2021.01.1931
Broomé, M. , & Donker, D. (2021). Atrial Septostomy for Left Ventricular Unloading. JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, 14(24), 2708-2710. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcin.2021.10.012
Belohlavek, J., Hunziker, P. , & Donker, D. W. (2021). Left ventricular unloading and the role of ECpella. European Heart Journal, Supplement, 23(Supplement_A), A27-A34. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/suab006
Lorusso, R., Shekar, K., Maclaren, G., Schmidt, M., Pellegrino, V., Meyns, B., Haft, J., Vercaemst, L., Pappalardo, F., Bermudez, C., Belohlavek, J., Hou, X., Boeken, U., Castillo, R. , Donker, D. W., Abrams, D., Ranucci, M., Hryniewicz, K., Chavez, I., ... Whitman, G. (2021). ELSO Interim Guidelines for Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in Adult Cardiac Patients. ASAIO Journal, 67(8), 827-844. https://doi.org/10.1097/MAT.0000000000001510

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Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

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Courses Academic Year  2020/2021

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands