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dr. F.R. Halfwerk (Frank)

Assistant Professor, Director of Cardiac Surgery Innovations Lab

Research

Frank Halfwerk (1989) obtained his Bachelor (2010) and Master of Science (2014) degree in Technical Medicine, with a specialisation in Reconstructive Medicine at the University of Twente. He also finished a Master in Health Sciences with a specialisation in Health Services and Management in 2014 at the same university.

As of 2020, he works as an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Organ Support Technologies group from prof. Jutta Arens where he is director of the Cardiac Surgery Innovations Lab.

He started as a Technical Physician and external Doctoral Candidate in October 2014 in cardio-thoracic surgery at Thorax Centrum Twente (Medisch Spectrum Twente) and in the department of Biomechanical Engineering in the ‘Technology in Cardiac Surgery’ group of prof. Grandjean. His focus is both on technical and applied innovations in cardio-thoracic surgery.

He was awarded the Prof. Snellen Award (2014) from the Dutch Society for Cardiology / Dutch Society for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, and the Prof. Schuijer Campus Culture Prize (2012) for 'combining excellent cultural performance with good study results'. His research was nominated for the prof. David Winter Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Biomechanics (2015).

He is co-applicant and project manager of awarded research projects and supervised over 70 bachelor- and master students.

Other interests include dancing in national and international ballroom competitions, playing chess, organising, politics, health care policy.

Publications

Recent
Sokolski, M., Gajewski, P., Zymliński, R., Biegus, J., Berg, J. M. T., Bor, W., Braunschweig, F., Caldeira, D., Cuculi, F., D'elia, E., Edes, I. F., Garus, M., Greenwood, J. P. , Halfwerk, F. R., Hindricks, G., Knuuti, J., Kristensen, S. D., Landmesser, U., Lund, L. H., ... Ponikowski, P. (2021). Impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak on acute admissions at the emergency and cardiology departments across Europe. American Journal of Medicine, 134(4), 482-489. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjmed.2020.08.043
Clauser, J. , Halfwerk, F. R. , Arens, J., Maas, J., & Mager, I. (2021). Porcine Abattoir Blood as a Valid Model for In vitro Hemocompatibility Investigations. Poster session presented at 31st Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials, ESB 2021, Porto, Portugal.
Moejes, D. S. , Halfwerk, F. R. , van Meurs, W. L. , Hagmeijer, R. , Groenier, M. , & Grandjean, J. G. (2021). Design of a simulator for training off-pump coronary bypass surgery. Abstract from 26th Annual Meeting of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine, SESAM 2021, Virtual.
Kiviniemi, T., Bustamante-munguira, J., Olsson, C., Jeppsson, A. , Halfwerk, F. R., Hartikainen, J., Suwalski, P., Zindovic, I., Copa, G. R., van Schaagen, F. R. N., Hanke, T., Cebotari, S., Malmberg, M., Fernandez-Gutierrez, M., Bjurbom, M., Schersten, H., Speekenbrink, R., Riekkinen, T., Ek, D., ... van Putte, B. (2021). A randomized prospective multicenter trial for stroke prevention by prophylactic surgical closure of the left atrial appendage in patients undergoing bioprosthetic aortic valve surgery – LAA-CLOSURE trial protocol. American heart journal, 237, 127-134. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ahj.2021.03.014
Van Veghel, D., Daeter, E. J., Bax, M., Amoroso, G., Blaauw, Y., Camaro, C., Cummins, P. , Halfwerk, F. R., Wijdh-den Hamer, I. J., De Jong, J. S. S. G., Stooker, W., Van Der Wees, P. J., & Van Der Nat, P. B. (2020). Organization of outcome-based quality improvement in Dutch heart centres. European heart journal. Quality of care & clinical outcomes, 6(1), 49-54. https://doi.org/10.1093/ehjqcco/qcz021
Urgert, T. , Halfwerk, F. R., van den Heuvel, M. , Hagmeijer, R. , & Grandjean, J. G. (2019). Mechanically reducing regional left ventricular wall stress and improving ejection fraction in heart failure patients. Abstract from Wetenschapsdag Medisch Spectrum Twente 2019, Enschede, Netherlands.
Urgert, T. , Halfwerk, F. R. , Hagmeijer, R., van den Heuvel, M. , & Grandjean, J. G. (2019). Mechanically reducing regional left ventricular wall stress and improving ejection fraction in heart failure patients. International journal of artificial organs, 42(8), 419-420. [P112].
Moejes, D. S. , Halfwerk, F. R. , Hagmeijer, R. , van Meurs, W. L. , & Grandjean, J. G. (2019). A simulator for training off-pump coronary bypass surgery. Abstract from Wetenschapsdag Medisch Spectrum Twente 2019, Enschede, Netherlands.
Halfwerk, F. R., Knol, K., Mariani, S., Mecozzi, G. , & Grandjean, J. G. (2018). MiECC for AVR Surgery: A Randomised Controlled Trial on Blood Loss. Abstract from NVVC-NVT Najaarscongres 2018, Arnhem, Netherlands.
Halfwerk, F. R. , Groot Jebbink, E. , & Groenier, M. (2018). Development and evaluation of a proficiency-based and simulation-based surgical skills training for Technical Medicine. Poster session presented at 10th Annual Conference of the Dutch Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Enschede, Netherlands.
Uineken, R. , Groot Jebbink, E. , Halfwerk, F. R., Bulten, A., Knoben, P., Roux, M., Wicik, O. , & Groenier, M. (2018). MOJECT: MOTION ANALYSIS TO SUPPORT ASSESSMENT OF SURGICAL SKILLS. Poster session presented at 10th Annual Conference of the Dutch Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Enschede, Netherlands.
Groenier, M. , Halfwerk, F. , & Groot Jebbink, E. (2018). Motion tracking to support surgical skill feedback and evaluation. Abstract from 24th Annual Meeting of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine, SESAM 2018, Bilbao, Spain.
Halfwerk, F. R., Hulskotte, S., Wielens, N. , & Grandjean, J. G. (2018). Building Nurse leadership: Success Case of Early In-Hospital Mobilisation After Cardiac Surgery. In Conference Proceedings International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare 2-4 May 2018: Reclaiming the Quality in Healthcare BMJ.

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Education

As a Technical Physician in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, I am involved in courses and modules of Technical Medicine, Health Sciences and Biomedial Engineering. Together with Erik Groot Jebbink, we completely revised the applied Surgical Skills course in 2015 in the Master phase of Technical Medicine.
Based on our own experience in different surgical specialities and our goal to give students a holistic approach on the surgical route, we now provide applied surgical skills in a simulation-based context.

Next, I am daily supervisor of interns in Technical Medicine at the Department of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Thorax Centrum Twente, Medisch Spectrum Twente Hospital.

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Bachelor

Master

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Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W115
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  W115
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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Fields of interest

Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
Reconstructive Medicine
Biomaterials
Quality and Safety in Health Care

Always looking for collaboration projects (public/private).

See also: https://www.mst.nl/thoraxcentrum

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