He commenced practice as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 2009 and continues public practice there. He consults and operates privately at St John of God Subiaco Hospital, where he is also the Head of Department for the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
He completed his medical degree in Leipzig, Germany in 1998. He 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 then spent 14 months at the University of Leipzig Heart Centre in Germany as a Mitral Valve Fellow in 2008-2009. He gained extensive training and experience in minimally invasive mitral valve surgery at this world leading centre. 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 400 Western Australian patients in both public and private practice. In 2010 Jurgen Passage founded the AMIMS Workshop (Australian Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery), which runs regular workshops to train surgeons from Australia and overseas in this technique. He is also accredited to perform minimally invasive MitraClip and TAVI procedures.
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 regular article reviewer for a number of peer reviewed surgical journals. He is a member of 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, which monitors cardiothoracic surgical outcomes. 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.