Nico started his career in 1985 at the Thorax Center (Department of Cardiology, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) in the catheterization laboratory with some pioneers in interventional cardiology, Professors Patrick Serruys and Pim de Feyter. Simultaneously, he studied technical computer sciences and after graduating in 1993, he joined the Department of Digital Cardiology of the Thorax Center as a scientist, which he currently leads.
His passions and activities lie in scientific computer-based innovations that advance cardiovascular care. His early research focused primarily on cardiovascular imaging to evaluate new therapies and his developed methods and techniques have been used in many first-in-man clinical interventional studies. One of these new techniques was the development of three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography. In 1998 he defended his thesis - "Quantitative 3D echocardiography of the heart and coronary arteries" under the supervision of Prof. Jos R.T.C. Roelandt.
His current work is now related to Digital Health within Cardiology. He is developing this field on an international scale as the inaugural editor-in-chief of The European Heart Journal - Digital Health. Within the European Society of Cardiology (The ESC), home of the journal, he is Vice-chair of the Digital Health Committee, member of the Communication-, Congress Program- and Publication Committees and is also the Chair of the Innovation and Digital Cardiology Committee of the EAPCI.