International Perspectives on Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Revascularization (Ongoing)

Posted On 2021-10-19 10:27:10

This special series on International Perspectives on Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Revascularization is co-edited by Dr. Johan van der Merwe, from Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital, Sunningdale, South Africa, and Dr. Filip P. Casselman, from OLV Clinic, Aalst, Belgium.

Johan van der Merwe, MBChB (Pret), MMED (Thorax)(Pret), FETCS (EBCTS), PhD (Erasmus)
Atlantic Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute, Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital, Sunningdale, South Africa

Dr. Johan van der Merwe qualified as specialist cardiothoracic surgeon and intensivist in 2010 (University of Pretoria, South Africa) and subsequently completed fellowships at the Royal Brompton Hospital (London, United Kingdom, 2011&2012), University Hospital of Leuven (Leuven, Belgium, 2013) and Onze Lieve Vrouw Clinic (Aalst, Belgium, 2014-2016) focusing on transcatheter- and endoscopic (including robotic) cardiothoracic interventions. He found The Keyhole Heart Centre (Atlantic Cardiovascular and Thoracic Institute, Cape Town, South Africa) in 2017 and focus on minimally invasive interventions. He is an active contributor to scientific research (both locally and internationally) and continues to develop himself as a cardiothoracic surgeon, scientist, trainer and leader.

Filip P. Casselman, MD, PhD, FETCS
Staff Cardiovascular Surgeon, Cardiovascular Center OLV Aalst, Aalst, Belgium

Dr. Filip P. Casselman MD PhD FETCS has been trained in General and Cardiac Surgery at the University of Leuven, Belgium (1991-1997). He continued his training with a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (1997-1998) and at the St Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein, The Netherlands (1999-2000). Since 2001 he is working in the department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the OLV Clinic in Aalst, Belgium.

He is actively involved in cardiac clinical research and has participated in multiple multicenter trials (including Syntax trial, Partner and Prevail trial, etc). He is (co)author of more than 140 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has given more than 280 presentations at international meetings.

Series outline:


01. The current role and future perspectives of minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting
02. Minimally invasive coronary artery revascularization – how to initiate a safe and sustainable program 
03. Anaesthesiology and perioperative care for minimally invasive coronary artery surgery – current principles and practices 

Hybrid Coronary Artery Revascularization 

04. Combined minimally invasive surgical- and trans-catheter coronary artery revascularization – The principles of a hybrid approach 
05. Hybrid coronary artery revascularization – pearls and pitfalls
06. Hybrid coronary revascularization – a word of caution  


07. Non-robotic conduit harvesting techniques for minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting  
08. Multi-vessel minimally invasive direct coronary artery revascularization with cardiopulmonary bypass 
09. Beating heart multi-vessel minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass grafting – techniques and pitfalls 
10. Minimally invasive directed coronary artery surgery – The Beijing experience
11. Endoscopic non-robotic coronary artery bypass surgery 

Total Endoscopic / Robotic CABG (TECAB)

12. Evidence based TECAB – current and future perspectives
13. Robotic coronary artery bypass grafting – port placements, internal mammary artery harvesting and anastamosis techniques
14. Multi-vessel TECAB – pearls and pitfalls 


15. Multi-vessel minimally invasive coronary artery bypass surgery as the “new gold-standard” – a word of caution
16. Future perspectives in minimally invasive- and transcatheter coronary artery revascularization

The series “International Perspectives on Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Revascularization” was commissioned by the editorial office, Journal of Visualized Surgery without any sponsorship or funding. Johan van der Merwe and Filip P. Casselman are serving as the unpaid Guest Editors for the series.