Robbert de Winter

Robbert J de Winter

Robbert Jan de Winter (1958 – ) is a Dutch professor of cardiology.

Eponymously associated with de Winter T waves (2008), which describes an ECG sign of proximal left anterior descending artery occlusion.

He is a professor of clinical cardiology, with a special interest in acute coronary syndromes. Currently, he has published over 460 journal articles (11 000+ citations) on the pathophysiology, diagnoses, and treatment of coronary artery disease, with over 20 years of involvement in clinical trials.

  • Born on August 23, 1958
  • 1980 – Biophysics degree, University of Leiden, The Netherlands
  • 1987 – MSc in Biophysics, University of Leiden, The Netherlands
  • 1988 – Medical Degree, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1988-90 – General internal medicine training, Spaarne Hospital, Haarlem, The Netherlands
  • 1990-94 – Clinical cardiology training, Academic Medical Centre (AMC), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1992 – Research fellow in laboratory and experimental internal medicine, AMC
  • 1995 – Fellowship in interventional cardiology, AMC
  • 1997 – PhD, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Doctoral Thesis: “Biochemical and inflammatory markers of acute myocardial ischemia”.
  • 2002 – Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
  • 2008-present Professor of Clinical Cardiology, with a special emphasis on Acute Coronary Syndromes, at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Editorial board, Netherlands Heart Journal and ESC Journal of Acute Cardiac Care

Medical Eponyms
de Winter T Waves (2008)

The de Winter ECG pattern is an anterior STEMI equivalent that presents without obvious ST segment elevation. First reported by first reported de Winter in 2008

  • Key diagnostic features include ST depression and peaked T waves in the precordial leads.
  • The de Winter pattern is seen in ~2% of acute LAD occlusions and is under-recognised by clinicians.
  • Unfamiliarity with this high-risk ECG pattern may lead to under-treatment (e.g. failure of cath lab activation), with attendant negative effects on morbidity and mortality.
ECG de Winter T-waves V3 strip

Major Publications



Eponymous terms


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