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 | 2 days group course | Belgium, ORSI Academy

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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. 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. 10 participants per course to guarantee the personal coaching by Dr. Van Praet. 

Upcoming courses 2022:
– Sep 22-23
– Oct 06-07
– Dec 08-09

Registration fee: € 5.299 excl. VAT per participant
2 lunches, 1 faculty dinner, drinks & transfers included.


Robotically assisted MIDCAB courses | 1 day one-to-one teaching |Belgium, ORSI Academy

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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, 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. 

Upcoming courses 2022:
– Oct 14

Registration fee: € 14.645 excl. VAT per team
Lunch & coffee breaks as well as all training materials are included. Max. 4 participants included.


Hands-on Cadaveric Endoscopic MV Course | 4 days | Belgium, OLV Clinic

Hands-on intensive training: wetlab and full day human cadaver lab. Due to the COVID-regulations, these courses have been suspended. If interested, please contact Dr. Van Praet to align the possibilities.


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

To register to the course, please go to the Invivox platform:
For questions about your bookings and other practicalities, please contact ORSI:



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 cardiovascular 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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