Jos R.T.C. Roelandt
Erasmus Medical Centre
Jos R.T.C Roelandt received his M.D. degree magna cum laude from the University of Leuven in 1964. He specialized in internal medicine and cardiology at the same university and at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He joined the Thoraxcentre in Rotterdam in 1969, obtaining his PhD degree cum laude from the Erasmus University Rotterdam where he became professor in cardiology. He was chairman of the Department of Cardiology of the Thoraxcentre, Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam from 1987 until 2004, after which he was honorary chairman. He started research in clinical echocardiography at the Thoraxcentre. Dr. Roelandt is the recipient of numerous awards for his pioneering work in cardiac ultrasound and delivered numerous prestigious lectures around the world. He was the Founding Editor of the European Journal of Echocardiography and editor-in-chief from 1999 to 2010. He served on the Editorial Board of numerous major cardiology journals and has authored and co-authored over 1000 scientific papers and 19 textbooks (of which I am the recipient of many!) The copies that he gave me will always be treasured editions in my collection. For his achievements he was awarded the Cross of Officer in the Order of Leopold In 1993 and became a Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion in 2003. Besides being a pioneer and innovator in echocardiography, Professor dr. Jos Roelandt is the godfather of clinical echocardiography. He tirelessly promoted the development and use of real-time cross sectional imaging in clinical practice. In 1974, he stated: “Non-invasive ultrasonic examinations should be increased in order to reduce the number of potentially hazardous angiograms and avoid these invasive studies entirely in specific groups of patients.” It was a revolutionary statement at that point in time but since then echocardiography has evolved into a very sophisticated and accurate diagnostic modality and in valvular and prosthetic valve disease, cardiac catheterization is rarely performed anymore. The death of Jos R.T.C. Roelandt is a great loss to cardiology, in particular to us the non-invasive cardiologists and echocardiographers. We shall always remember him.