Prof. Dr. John Hess


Paediatric Cardiology and Congenital Heart Defects
Professor emeritus since October 1, 2012

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Hess conducts research in the field of congenital heart disease, both in children and adults. His particular interest lies in the development and implementation of new (functional) imaging techniques (ultrasound, cardioMR, angiography) and of interventional catheter treatment techniques, and in the field of molecular cardiology. Key research areas are the genetic substrate of congenital heart defects and the remodeling of pulmonary vessels. A major focus of this research is the quantification of quality of life in the long term following treatment of congenital heart defects.

Professor Hess (b. 1946) studied at the University of Groningen/Netherlands, where he also acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification in 1982. In 1977 he obtained his medical board certification in pediatrics and in 1979 in pediatric cardiology. He was a research fellow in San Francisco (UCSF, 1979) and at Duke University (1981) as well as a professor of pediatric cardiology at Erasmus University Rotterdam (1987). Since 1997 he has been a professor at TUM. Professor Hess is also a member of several professional associations.


Fratz S, Gildein HP, Balling G, Sebening W, Genz T, Eicken A, Hess J: "Aortic valvuloplasty in pediatric patients substantially postpones the need for aortic valve surgery: a single-center experience of 188 patients after up to 17.5 years follow-uo". Circulation. 2008; 117(9): 1201- 6.


Belaiba RS, Djordjevic T, Bonello S, Artuno F, Lang F, Hess J: "The Serum- and Gluccocorticoid-inducible Kinase Sgk-1 is involved in pulmonary vascular remodelling. Role in redox-sesitive regulation of Tissue Factor by Thromben." Circ. Res. 2006; 98(6): 828-86.


Vogt M, Lang T, Frösner G, Klingler C, Seidl AF, Zeller A, Wiebecke B, Langer B, Meisner H, Hess J: "Prevalence and clinical outcome of hepatitis C infection in children who underwent cardiac surgery before the implementation of blood donor screening". New Engl J Med. 1999; 341: 866-870.


Dessy H, Hermus JPS, van den Heuvel F, Oei HY, Krenning EP, Hess J: "Chocardiographic and Radionuclide Pulmonary blood Flow Patterns after Transcatheter Closure of Patent Ductus Arteriosus". Circulation. 1996; 94: 126-129.


Buskens E, Grobbes DE, Frohn-Mulder IME, Stewart PA, Juttmann RE, Wladimiroff JW, Hess J: "Efficacy of routine fetal ultrasound screening for congenital heart disease in normal pregnancy". Circulation. 1996; 94: 67-72.