Moorselbaan 164, Aalst, 9300 Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Hands-on trainings

by Dr. Frank Van Praet

Advanced courses

With human cadaveric truly hands-on courses Dr. Van Praet wants to prepare surgeons to be really ready to start an endoscopic mitral valve program. 

Tailored programs

Do you want to take the next step in cardiac surgery and need some guidance? Lets talk about the possibilities. We are happy to help you on your way.

About Aalst Cardiac Academy

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

Aalst Hands-on Cadaveric Endoscopic Mitral Course

4 days human cadaveric hands-on course.

In this four days human cadaveric truly hands-on course I want to prepare participants to be really ready to start an endoscopic mitral valve program. In more than twenty years of teaching and guiding surgeons by case-observation and later proctoring I have been a personal witness of the huge gap between being a good surgeon, having the ambition to start such a mini-mitral program and actually being successful in doing it. 

All the tips and tricks leading to a good endoscopic exposure of the mitral valve are key in this. Two LIVE-case observations at the OLV Clinic Aalst, lectures, highly instructive wet-lab exercise and a full day of cadaveric training at the exciting facility of ORSI should make this course outstanding and unique. 


My ambition is to transfer all this knowledge and hands-on skills step by step to the individual participant to make him or her truly ready for a successful start in their own departments. 

Dr. Frank Van Praet


Due to the current developments regarding the corona virus, all courses & seminars will be suspended from now until further notice. Please leave a message if you are willing to join! We will inform you about upcoming courses.


The program

DAY 1. Welcoming and introduction to the facilities of the OLV Clinic Aalst, Belgium.

DAY 2. First LIVE Case and Wetlab Training.

DAY 3. Full day human cadaveric trainings with interactive lunch.

DAY 4. Second LIVE Case and summarizing lectures. 

All these courses are certified by Ethical MedTech EU and can be sponsored (please contact us or companies such as Edwards Lifesciences and Medtronic to discuss the possibilities for your attendance)

6800 EUR (excl. 21% VAT) all in

Price includes
– 3 nights quality hotel accommodation
– 2 evening group dinners
– all course material
– Wetlab material and cadaver
– Taxi transfer between hotel, OLV Clinic and ORSI
– Return transfer to airport / station
– Drinks, lunch
– Signed personal course certificate

Price excludes transport from airport/station to OLV Clinic on arrival.

Be ready to start your own endoscopic mitral valve program soon

These courses are intended for experienced cardiac surgeons. Maximum 10 participants per course to guaranty the hands-on and individual approach.

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

amazing training facility at

ORSI academy

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

Some impressions

Pictures of the 4 days human cadaveric hands-on courses in 2019. Due to COVID-10 the courses of 2020 have been suspended.

Registration and cancellation policy

Please note that your registration will not be valid until all fees are paid.


If there are not at least 4 participants for a course or due to external circumstances (e.g. illness of Dr. Frank Van Praet or reschedule of a surgical intervention), Dr. Frank Van Praet and the Aalst Cardiac Academy have the right to cancel or modify the program. In case of cancellation, your registration fee will be refunded. Other related costs such as flights will not be reimbursed by the organisation. 


 The Aalst Cardiac Academy is an initiative of ESSIT. 

(Experienced Surgical Skills and Innovative Technologies BV).


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supervised directly by expert surgeon Dr. Frank Van Praet
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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 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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These courses are intended for experienced cardiac surgeons.

Maximum 10 participants per course to guaranty the hands-on and individual approach.
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