Dr. Michelle Michels
Dr. Michelle Michels studied medicine at the Catholic University Leuven in Belgium. After graduating with she completed her internal medicine residency in Leuven and thereafter continued her cardiology training at the Thoraxcenter of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After finishing her cardiology training she joined Dr. F.J. ten Cate, who founded the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy program at the Thoraxcenter back in the seventies. In 2006 she initiated the cardiovascular genetics program; patients with inherited cardiovascular disease and their family members are seen in close collaboration with the department of clinical genetics and the department of internal medicine. Although Dr. Michels is seeing patients with different cardiomyopathies her main interest is in HCM. In 2011 she defended her PhD on the pathophysiology, genetics and invasive treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Dr. Michels has authored over 30 manuscripts on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and echocardiography. Her research interests are in the genotype-fenotype relation of HCM, pre-phenotypic expression of HCM, family screening in HCM and invasive treatment. Dr. Michels practices general cardiology and is the director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Program at the Thoraxcenter of the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam since 2013. The Thoraxcenter is a national tertiary referral center for the diagnosis and treatment of HCM. The program has grown to over 700 HCM patients. Dr. Michels and her colleagues are involved in several institutional and multi-center research studies on HCM.
Dr. Michels is married and lives in Rotterdam, the Netherland with her husband and three children.