Moorselbaan 164, Aalst, 9300 Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Hands-on trainings

by Dr. Frank Van Praet


Advanced skills

Tailored programs

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Be ready to start your own MV program soon

The Aalst Cardiac Academy is a unique trainingcenter grounded by Dr. Frank Van Praet.  With truly hands-on courses he wants to prepare surgeons to be really ready to start or expand their own cardiac program. Discover the courses here.

Dr. Frank Van Praet is Head of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery of the OLV Clinic 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.
Maximum 10 participants per course to guaranty the hands-on and individual approach.

Hands-on Cadaveric Endoscopic Mitral Course | 2 days | Belgium, ORSI Academy

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 course outstanding and unique. 

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Robotic Midcab Course | 1 day |Belgium, ORSI Academy

Learn how to perform robotically assisted cardiac surgery from the expert. Since more than 20 years, Dr. Van Praet has been pioneering the use of a robot for coronary bypass surgery. With the help of the robot, the left mammary artery is used as an optimal conduit for revascularisation. This surgery is performed through key-hole surgery in the left chest. 

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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.

Start your own cardiac program soon

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

For bookings and practicalities, please contact ORSI. 

Amazing training facility at

ORSI academy

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

In cooperation with

OLV Clinic Aalst, Belgium

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

Their Cardiovascular Center and Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery is one of the leading centra in the world.

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

Some impressions

Pictures of the 4 days human cadaveric hands-on courses in 2019. Due to the Corona-regulations, the courses of 2020 and 2021 have been suspended.

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 head of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery of 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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