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Eric Vinck

Eric E. Vinck, MD

Pontifical Bolivarian University, Cardio VID Clinic
Cl. 78b #75-21,
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Resident - Cardiothoracic Surgery



El Bosque University Medical School - (2009-2015)
El Bosque University General Surgery Residency - (2017-2021)
Aruba Scholarship Foundation (ASF) – Awarded the Clyde Harms Academic Excellence Scholarship for General Surgery - (2019-2021)
Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) Cardiothoracic Surgery Traveling Residency - (2020)
Pontifical Bolivarian University (UPB) Cardiovascular Surgery Fellowship - (2021-2024)

Associations & Societies
- EACTS Member
- STS Member
- ISMICS Member

Career Highlights
- Performed the first Uniportal VATS in the Dutch Caribbean (on Aruba) July 13th, 2021 with Dr Tim Peterson.
- Featured in "Focused Topic Series: Perspectives of Surgeons From Around the World" in Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Volume 16 Number 4 July/August 2021.



1. 2016 Villarreal R, Luna Jaspe C, Cabrera LF, Vinck E. Hernia de Amyand encarcelada, revisión de la literatura y reporte de un caso en una institución de tercer nivel en Bogotá. Revista Colombiana de Cirugía. 2016 Dec;31(4):283-8.

2. 2018 Barrios R, Serna A, Carvajal C, Villate J, Vargas LF, Vinck E, Ussa SS, Ciro MP. Right mainstem bronchoplasty 18 years following thoracic spinal implant surgery. Respiratory Medicine Case Reports. 2018 Jan 1;24:153-4.

3. 2018 Vinck EE, Garzón JC, Peterson T, Villarreal R, Cabrera L, Van den Eijnden L. Tension hydrothorax: Emergency decompression of a pleural cause of cardiac tamponade. The American journal of emergency medicine. 2018 Apr 21.

4. 2018 Medellin A, Vinck EE, Cabrera L, Peterson T. Post-polypectomy Syndrome presenting with “micro-perforation” and pneumoperitoneum: Conservative approach for a rare cause of acute abdominal pain. Rev Colomb Cir. 2018;33:318-22.

5. 2018 Lopera CA, Vergnaud JP, Cabrera LF, Sanchez S, Pedraza M, Vinck EE, Pulido J. Preventative laparoscopic repair of Petersen’s space following gastric bypass surgery reduces the incidence of Petersen’s hernia: a comparative study. Hernia. 2018 Aug 28:1-5.

6. 2018 Vinck EE. General thoracic surgery as a subspecialty in Colombia. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. 2019 Jun;157(6):2542.

7. 2018 Rivero Rapalino O, Garcia‐Herreros L, Barragán Leal C, Kock S, Salcedo Miranda D, Vinck EE. Endovascular management of bilateral pulmonary arteriovenous malformations presenting with a spontaneous hemothorax. J Card Surg. 2018;1–3.

8. 2019 Téllez LJ, Garzón JC, Vinck EE, Castellanos JD. Video-assisted thoracoscopic cardiac denervation of refractory ventricular arrhythmias and electrical storms: a single-center series. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery. 2019 Dec;14(1):17.

9. 2019 Cadena M, Solano J, Caycedo N, Gomez D, Vinck EE, Quiroga P, Gaete P. Tension Pneumoperitoneum: Case report of a rare form of Acute abdominal compartment syndrome. Int J Surg Case Rep. 2019 Jan 29;55:112-116. doi:10.1016/j.ijscr.2019.01.014

10. 2019 Villarreal RA, Vinck EE, Cabrera LF, Zuchini AC, Jiménez C. Divertículo único de yeyuno con obstrucción intestinal y abdomen agudo. Rev Colomb Cir. 2019;34:69-74.

11. 2019 Vinck EE, Martínez SI, Barrios RV, Téllez LJ, Garzón JC, García-Herreros L. Facing the challenges of perioperative air leaks using water seal in Colombia. Asian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals. 2019 May 24:0218492319853991.

12. 2019 Eric E. Vinck, Ricardo A. Villarreal, Carlos Luna-Jaspe, Luis F. Cabrera, Tim F. Peterson, Felipe Bernal & Carmen L. Roa (2019): Low intra-operative diagnostic accuracy does not affect postoperative treatment of acute appendicitis, Acta Chirurgica Belgica, DOI: 10.1080/00015458.2019.1642578.

13. 2019 Cadena ME, Vinck E, Santivañez JJ, Vergara Gómez A. Biomarkers for Intestinal Failure in Short Bowel syndrome: A new era in GI rehabilitation? Rev Colomb Cir. 2019;34:277-82.

14. 2019 Vinck EE, Cardiac Surgery in Colombia: History, Advances, and Current Perceptions of Training, The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (2019), doi:

15. 2020 Andrade D, Vinck EE, Torres LN, Citarella D. Surgical removal of intravascular leiomyomas with intracardiac extension: A two‐case report. J Card Surg. 2020; 1– 4.

16. 2020 Pinilla RE, Vinck EE, Oliveros R, Carvajal C. Robotic Esophagectomy in Colombia: A step forward in a developing country. Laparoscopic, Endoscopic and Robotic Surgery. 2020 May 15.

17. 2020 Vinck EE, Vervoort D. Cardiac surgery air-bridging in the Caribbean. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020;S1043 0679(20)30126-X. https://doi:10.1053/j.semtcvs.2020.05.002

18. 2020 Andrade D, Vinck EE, Torres LN. Two-stage Omental Flap Approach for Ascending Aortic Graft Infection. Braz J Cardiovasc Surg. 2020;35(3): XII-XIV. DOI: 10.21470/1678-9741-2020-0040

19. 2020 Vervoort D, Vinck EE, Tiwari KK, Tapaua N, Cardiac Surgery and Small Island States: A Bridge Too Far?, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2020), doi: j.athoracsur.2020.05.150.

20. 2020 Vargas LF, Torregrosa L, Guevara O, Pedraza M, Carrera JA, Villarreal RA, Vinck E, Cabrera L, Ferrada P, Chen H. Low-cost devices to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection during open, laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery. American Journal of Surgery. 2020 Jul 22.

21. 2020 Herrera B, Vinck EE, Dear and Glorious Physician, who are we in COVID-19?, Ethics, Medicine and Public Health (2020), doi:

22. 2020 Andrade D, Vinck EE, Orozco D, Porcelain Pericardium with Cardiac Caging, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2020), doi:

23. 2020 Becerra VD, Pinzón LT, Segura JA, Felipe L, Vargas C, Ciro MP, Ussa SS, Geerman EV, Arce T. Síndrome de Rapunzel. Reporte de un caso. Acta Gastroenterológica Latinoamericana. 2020 Sep;50(3):341-4.

24. 2020 Andrade D, Vinck EE, Parra JF, Balkhy HH, Núñez F. Robotic Cardiac Surgery in Colombia: Overcoming the Challenges of a Middle-income Setting. Braz J Cardiovasc Surg 2020 - Ahead of print. DOI: 10.21470/1678-9741-2020-0064

25. 2020 Vinck EE, Montes Villalobos L, Martίnez SI, The Women of Colombian Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery: a survey-based assessment, Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (2020), doi:

26. 2020 JC Garzón, EE Vinck, DC Cárdenas, LJ Téllez. Video-assisted thoracoscopic iodopovidone pleurodesis for malignant pleural effusions in moderate to high-risk Colombian patients. J Cardiovasc Thorac Res. 2020;12(4): 328-333. doi: 10.34172/jcvtr.2020.52

27.2020 Vinck, E. E., García Herreros, L., & Jiménez, A. (2020). Manejo quirúrgico de un tumor desmoide intra-torácico. Revista Colombiana De Neumología, 31(2).

28. 2021 Vinck EE, Ebels T, Hittinger R, Peterson TF. Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Caribbean. Braz J Cardiovasc Surg. 2021 Feb 1. doi: 10.21470/1678-9741-2020-0377. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33577262.

29. 2021 Parra JF, Vinck EE, González JN, Santos H. Aortic root replacement in a patient with previous coronary artery bypass. Asian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals. February 2021. doi:10.1177/0218492321997387

30. 2021 García-Herreros LG, Jiménez A, Cabrera LF, Vinck EE, Pedraza M. Early presentation of post-intubation tracheoesophageal fistula with severe tracheal stenosis in COVID-19 patient. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2021 Mar 8. doi: 10.1308/rcsann.2020.7065. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33682425.

31. 2021 Parra, JF, Vinck, EE, Sánchez, O, Jiménez, AF, Núñez, F. Emergency CABG for a migrated stent in a COVID‐19 positive patient. J Card Surg. 2021; 1‐ 2.

32. 2021 Vinck EE, Ángel EP, Barrios RV, Martínez SI, Arias CA, Garzón JC, Ebels T, Alzate SA, Fernández A. Video-Assisted Thoracoscopy For Penetrating Cardiac Box Injury in Stable Patients. Braz J Cardiovasc Surg 2021- Ahead of print: 1-7. DOI: 10.21470/1678-9741-2020-0361

33. 2021 Andrade D, Vinck EE, Zuluaga JF. Valve-sparing thrombectomy for aortic-valve bio-prosthetic thrombosis. Asian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals. April 2021. doi:10.1177/02184923211010098

34. 2021 M.R. Buitrago, M. Guerrero, K.L. Eckland, A.M. Ramírez, E.E. Vinck, Robot-assisted lobectomy in a patient with poor lung function: Anotheradvantage of robot-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, Laparoscopic, Endoscopic and Robotic Surgery,

35. 2021 Smood, B, Spratt, JR, Mehaffey, JH, Luc, JG, Vinck, EE, et al. COVID-19 and cardiothoracic surgery: effects on training and workforce utilization in a global pandemic. J Card Surg. 2021; 1-10.

36. 2021 Vinck EE, Rendón JC, Andrade D, Escobar JJ, Núñez F, Sardari Nia P. Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery in Colombia: Evolution and the Impact of International Training. Innovations. August 2021. doi:10.1177/15569845211030982

37. 2021 Quintero A, Vinck EE, Pérez LE, Escobar JJ, Rendón JC, Uribe JD. Extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation and emergency C-section for a pregnant COVID-19 positive patient. Perfusion. October 2021. doi:10.1177/02676591211049769

38. 2021 Rivas UE, Vinck EE, Jiménez OP, Vásquez M, Cardiovascular Surgery in Panama: Evolution and Training, Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (2021), doi:

39. 2021 Romero A, Robayo D, Vinck E, Triviño A, Sacipa S, Gómez E. Hernia de Garengeot y revisión de las variantes de hernias encarceladas. Rev Colomb Cir. 2022;37:122-8.

40. 2021 Vinck E, Elbatarny M, Vervoort D, Nguyen T, Opportunities for International Cardiac Surgical Training: Toward the Global Cardiac Surgery Resident November 25, 2021

41. 2021 Eric E. Vinck, Katherine M. van Ierland, Juan C. Rendón, José J. Escobar, Alejandro Quintero Gómez, Clara I. Saldarriaga, Thomas van Brakel, Robert J.M. Klautz & Diana Cardenas (2021) Peri-operative Nutrition in Cardiovascular surgery: current Pitfalls and Future directions, Acta Chirurgica Belgica, DOI: 10.1080/00015458.2021.2020009

42. 2022 Vinck, E.E., Vervoort, D., Tiwari, K.K. et al. Destination left ventricular assist devices in island states: asking too much or the inevitable solution. Cardiothorac Surg 30, 1 (2022).