Jurgen Passage

The Centre for Heart Surgery, Western Australia was established as a new private Cardiothoracic Surgical Centre in 2012 and is situated at St John of God Hospital, Subiaco. Our goal is to provide comprehensive innovative cardiac surgical care to enable our patients to maintain an active life.

Assoc Professor Jurgen Passage commenced practice as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 2009 and continues public and private practice there.  He is the Head of Department for the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at St John of God Hospital, Subiaco.

He completed his undergraduate medical degree in Leipzig, Germany in 1998. He migrated to Australia in 1998 and completed the Australian Medical Council Certificate in 2000.  He undertook post-graduate training in General and Cardiothoracic Surgery in Brisbane and Sydney and completed his FRACS (Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons) in 2008.

Following the completion of his surgical training, Jurgen Passage spent 14 months at the Universität Leipzig Herzzentrum (University of Leipzig Heart Centre) in Leipzig, Germany as a Mitral Valve Fellow in 2008-2009. He gained extensive training and experience in minimally invasive mitral valve surgery. In October 2009, he started Western Australia’s first minimally invasive mitral valve surgery programme at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and has now performed this procedure on more than 150 Western Australian patients. In 2010 Jurgen Passage founded the AMIMS Workshop (Australian Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery), which runs regularly to train surgeons from Australia and overseas in this technique.

Jurgen Passage maintains an active commitment to ongoing training and innovation. He is an accredited supervisor of post-graduate training with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. He is also involved with standard setting for minimally invasive mitral valve surgery as the lead author of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) guidelines for this surgery. He is a member of the ANZSCTS and formerly served as  Younger Fellow on the Executive Committee. He is a member of the National Steering Committee for the ANZSCTS Database Program. He is also a member of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame Australia (Fremantle) and a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Western Australia. He is actively involved in research in Australia and also has an ongoing collaborative relationship with the University of Leipzig Heart Centre.