Moorselbaan 164, Aalst, 9300 Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Hands-on training
for cardiac surgeons

by expert surgeon Dr. Frank Van Praet
Co-director Cardiovascular Center Aalst, Belgium
Chair of Cardiac Surgery


Advanced skills

Tailored programs

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Be ready to start your own cardiac program soon

AALST CARDIAC ACADEMY is a unique training center founded by Dr. Frank Van Praet. With truly hands-on courses he wants to prepare surgeons and their teams to be really ready to start or expand their own cardiac program. Discover the courses here.

Dr. Frank Van Praet has 25+ years of experience as cardiac surgeon and trainer. He is chair of cardiac surgery and co-director of the Cardiovascular Center OLV Aalst, Belgium

Dr. Frank Van Praet

Upcoming EXPERT courses

Learn direcly from expert surgeon Dr. Frank Van Praet. With these trainings he aims to transfer all his knowledge and hands-on skills step by step to the individual participant to make him or her truly ready for a successful cardiac program at their own departments.

These courses are intended for experienced cardiac surgeons.
All current courses of the AALST CARDIAC ACADEMY are taking place at the amazing training facilities of Orsi Academy. Orsi Academy is a modern center for surgical innovation and expertise in minimal invasive surgery.


Hands-on Cadaveric Endoscopic MITRAL courses | 3 days group course | Belgium

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Be ready to start your own endoscopic MV program soon. All the tips and tricks leading to a good endoscopic exposure of the mitral valve are key in this training. A full day of live surgery at the OLV Clinic Aalst followed by three hands-on sessions on human cadaveric & porcine heart models and two ‘Live-in-a-box’ videos should make this group course outstanding and unique. Max. 6 participants per course to guarantee the personal coaching by Dr. Van Praet. 

Expert venues: OLV Clinic Aalst & ORSI Academy

Upcoming courses:
– 2024, April 17-19
– 2024, June 26-28
– Looking for other possibilities? Contact us.

Registration fee 2024: € 8.265 excl. VAT per participant
3 lunches, 1 faculty dinner, drinks & transfers as well as all training materials are included.



Robotically assisted MIDCAB courses | 2 days one-to-one teaching |Belgium

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This is a complete hands-on one-to-one training in robotically assisted MIDCAB using the da Vinci Surgical System allowing the cardiac surgeon and his team to start or improve this procedure back in their own hospitals. The course encompasses introductory theory and a live–in-a-box video as well as live surgery at the OLV Clinic, but is especially focusing on practice directly guided by Dr. Frank Van Praet. Since more than 20 years, Dr. Van Praet has been pioneering the use of a robot and the daVinci technology for coronary bypass surgery. 

Expert venues: OLV Clinic Aalst & ORSI Academy

Upcoming courses: availabilities in 2024 will be announced soon.
Interested in planning together? Contact us.

Registration fee: € 14.900 excl. VAT per team of max. 4 participants.
Lunch & coffee breaks as well as all training materials are included. 


Tailored Programs | Upon request | Internationally available

Do you want to take the next step in cardiac surgery and need some guidance? Lets talk about the possibilities. Dr. Van Praet is happy to help you on your way, in Belgium or abroad.



Undoubtedly, the course is absolutely amazing. Dr. Van Praet explained all the critical steps of the endoscopic mitral technique, and, what is important, he focused on all important lifehacks which every surgeon would like to be familiar with in order to avoid failures and conduct this technically demanding operation smoothly. 

For me, this training is completely game-changing since… 

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Dr. Snegirev Mikhail

Cardiac Surgeon, St. Petersburg

You are a great teacher in cardiac surgery. I am very lucky because I learnt many things from you when I was working as fellow at the OLV hospital in Belgium.

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Dr. Mehmet K.

Sr. Consultant Cardiac Surgeon

Brilliant course to help to gain your confidence in minimally invasive mitral surgery.
What I liked most of the MV course:
– hands-on wetlab
– beautiful demonstrated live cases with 3D view

Participant of course Dec 2019

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Southampton General Hospital



Orsi Academy is a modern center for surgical innovation and expertise in minimal invasive surgery.

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Cardiovascular Center Aalst
OLV Clinic Aalst, Belgium

It is one of the major clinics in Belgium where patients can find top quality care, in a wide range of therapeutic areas.

The Cardiovascular Center Aalst is one of the leading centers for topline clinical patient care, research and innovation.

2,500 employees and over 300 physicians

With more than 2,500 employees and over 300 physicians and other independent health professionals, the OLV Hospital is the biggest employer in the region where it operates.

Centrally located in the heart of Europe

– 40’ drive from Brussels
– 45’ drive from Brussels Airport to Aalst
– 700 parking spaces
– Modern facilities

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On the leading edge of cardiac surgery and human patient care.


With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Frank Van Praet is one of the leading specialists in adult cardiac surgery. As co-director of the cardivascular center and chair of cardiac surgery at the OLV Clinic in Aalst, Belgium, he and his team are continuously improving patient care. 

Dr. Frank Van Praet

Dr. Frank Van Praet

Expert cardiac surgeon & course director

– Endoscopic Mitral Valve Surgery
– Robot-Assisted Cardiac Surgery
– Beating Heart Coronary Bypass Surgery
– Complex Valve Surgery & Heart Failure

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These courses are organized by AALST CARDIAC ACADEMY lead by Dr. Van Praet, in association with ORSI Academy, located in Belgium.

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