Jeroen J Bax

Jeroen J Bax

Director, Echo Laboratory & Non-invasive Imaging, Department of Cardiology


Leiden University Medical Center, NL

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Personal History

Dr Jeroen Joost Bax was born in Amsterdam and was the first member of his family to study medicine. 

As a professor, Dr Bax has mentored over 60 international PhD students in his cardiac imaging research centre at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and his students have achieved prominent positions at medical institutions throughout the world.1 “I care a lot about the new generation and giving them opportunities in the same way that I was given,” he says.2

He and his wife have two sons, one of whom also went into medicine.3


Academic History

Dr Bax studied medicine from 1984 to 1990 and before launching his research career at the University of Miami, where his primary focus was in the field of immunology and basic science. In 1996, he obtained his doctorate from the Free University in Amsterdam on the subject of "metabolic imaging with FDG SPECT" and completed his training as a cardiologist in 2002. He continued his training at the Leiden University Medical Center, where he now works as a general cardiologist with a focus on cardiac imaging.4

His main interests include clinical cardiology, heart failure, cardiac resynchronisation therapy and the application of all different imaging modalities to these clinical fields.


Career Overview


Dr Bax is a professor of cardiology and Director of both Non-invasive Imaging and the Echo Laboratory at the Leiden University Medical Center. He has also served on the editorial boards of various journals, including as Associate Editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Heart and President of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). He was elected as ESC president at 50 years of age, making him the youngest president in the Society’s history.

Dr Bax has served the ESC in numerous capacities, including chair of the Cardiology Practice Guidelines Committee, Chair of the Scientific Program, Chair of the Press Committee, Co-Chair of two International Conferences on Nuclear Cardiology (ICNC) and Co-Editor of two ESC books on cardiac imaging.7 He has also authored more than 700 papers in international peer-reviewed journals.6


Career Timeline

  • 1992 - 1996: PhD Candidate, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • 2007 - 2008: President, European Society of Cardiology Congress Program Committee 
  • 2014 - 2016: President-Elect, European Society of Cardiology
  • 2016 - 2020: President, European Society Cardiology
  • 2006 - Present: Professor of Medicine, Cardiology, Leiden University
  • Present: Director, Echo Laboratory, Department of Cardiology, Leiden University Medical Centre 
  • Present: Director, Non-invasive Imaging, Department of Cardiology, Leiden University Medical Centre 



  • 2020 Distinguished Scientist Award (Clinical Domain) by the American College of Cardiology
  • 2019 ASNC Distinguished Service Award for contributions to CV imaging and cardiology
  • 2008 Silver Medal from ESC
  • 2008 Douglas P. Zipes Award from the American College of Cardiology


Areas of Speciality

  • Imaging in clinical cardiology





Dr Bax is on the JAPSC Editorial Board.


Articles by Jeroen J Bax, Director, Echo Laboratory & Non-invasive Imaging, Department of Cardiology

Aortic Stenosis and Heart Failure: Disease Ascertainment and Statistical Considerations for Clinical Trials

Ernest Spitzer, Rebecca T Hahn, Philippe Pibarot, et al


Citation: Cardiac Failure Review 2019;5(2):99–105.

Imaging of Valvular Heart Disease in Heart Failure

Tomaz Podlesnikar, Victoria Delgado, Jeroen J Bax, et al

Citation: Cardiac Failure Review 2018;4(2):78–86.

Cardiac Iodine-123 Metaiodobenzylguanidine Imaging for Risk Stratification in Heart Failure Patients

Mark M Boogers, Frank M Bengel, Juhani Knuuti, et al

Citation: European Cardiology 2008;4(2):42–5

Measuring Aortic Valve Annulus Size for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation - 2D or 3D Imaging Techniques?

Victoria Delgado, See Hooi Ewe, David Messika-Zeitoun, et al

Citation: Interventional Cardiology 2011;6(2):161–4

Screening for Coronary Artery Disease in Asymptomatic Diabetic Patients

Joanne D Schuijf, Jeroen J Bax, Ernst E van der Wall, et al

Citation: European Cardiovascular Disease 2007;3(1):43–4