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FACULTY

Dato' Dr Gurcharan Singh

Dato' Dr Gurcharan Singh

Malaysia

Sports Medicine Physician and he is currently Chairman, AFC Medical Committee and Member , FIFA Medical Committee.

Dr Pieter D’Hooghe

Dr Pieter D’Hooghe

Belgium | Qatar

Dr. Pieter D’Hooghe is the Chief Medical Officer at Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Doha, Qatar.

Prof. Dr Tim Meyer

Prof. Dr Tim Meyer

Germany |UEFA

Prof. Tim Meyer completed his MD and his MA in sport science at the universities of Hanover and Göttingen, Germany

Prof. Yung Shu-Hang Patrick

Prof. Yung Shu-Hang Patrick

Hong Kong

Prof. Yung Shu-Hang Patrick is a Consultant Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Physician

Marc Vouillamoz

Marc Vouillamoz

Switzerland | UEFA

Marc Vouillamoz has worked for UEFA for 25 years and has been in charge of the UEFA Medical and Anti-Doping Unit since 2005.

Dr Emmanouil Papakostas

Dr Emmanouil Papakostas

Greece | Qatar

Dr Papakostas is a board qualified orthopaedic surgeon from Greece, specializing in knee, cartilage and soft tissue sports surgery.

Dr George T. Chiampas

Dr George T. Chiampas

USA | FIFA

Dr. Chiampas is an Assistant Professor and Attending Physician in the Dept. of Emergency Medicine and the Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr Hakim Chalabi

Dr Hakim Chalabi

France | Qatar

Dr Chalabi is a highly motivated Sports Medicine Expert. He is currently the Executive Director for International Medical Affairs and a Medical Director General -PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Prof. Karim Chamari

Prof. Karim Chamari

France | Qatar

Prof. Karim Chamari is a former elite windsurfer who participated in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. He is the most active Sport Science Researchers in the fields of Ramadan and Football.

Prof. Dr Magnus Forssblad

Prof. Dr Magnus Forssblad

Sweden | FIFA

Ass Prof. Dr Forsblad is an Orthopedic Surgeon specialist in knee surgery, Chairman of Swdish FA and Member of FIFA and UEFA Medical Committee.

Rod Whiteley

Rod Whiteley

Australia | Qatar

Rod Whiteley is a Specialist Sports Physiotherapist and who was awarded a fellowship in the first cohort in Australia, Assistant Director of Clinical Projects & Quality at Aspetar.

Dr. Katharina Grimm

Dr. Katharina Grimm

South Africa | FIFA

Katharina rejoined FIFA in October 2021. She is a surgeon by education and obtained a Master of Science in Sports Medicine & she is member of various organisation such as FIMS, WADA to name a few.

Dr Athol Thomson, PhD

Dr Athol Thomson, PhD

Australia | Qatar

Research Scientist & Podiatrist
Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Adjunct Associate Professor – La Trobe university, Australia,Graduate Faculty – Texas A & M University

Dr. Laith Anis El Sanfaz

Dr. Laith Anis El Sanfaz

UK | Qatar

Dr Laith El Sanfaz is currently the NSMP Club & Federation Doctor at Aspetar. He is the Medical Director of Athletics for the past 5 years.

Dr. Osvaldo Pangrazio Kullak

Dr. Osvaldo Pangrazio Kullak

Paraguay | CONMEBOL

Dr. Osvaldo Panrazio is currently the President of the Medical & Anti-Doping Commission of CONMEBOL. He is also the Medical Committee of Paraguay FA.

Mauricio Monaco, MD, PhD

Mauricio Monaco, MD, PhD

Barcelona | Qatar

Specialist in Sport Medicine (Universidad Barcelona)
Specialist in Pediatric (Universidad de Buenos Aires)
PhD in Surgery Medicine (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Dr. Sofiane Souissi

Dr. Sofiane Souissi

Tunisia | Qatar

Dr. Souissi is a clinical and sports psychologist specializing in performance enhancement and psychological well-being. He has extensive experience in the field.

Theodosia Palli

Theodosia Palli

UK | Qatar

Theodosia Palli is a sports therapist, Bsc degree from Teesside University in UK. She is currently working in Aspetar for the last 8 years and previously worked in elite football clubs in UK & Greece

Andrew Mercer

Andrew Mercer

UK | AFC

Andrew is a UK qualified lawyer with extensive experience in the sports sector. He is the chief legal officer of the AFC, with responsibility for the supervision and management of the AFC’s legal function and all legal activities undertaken by the organisation.

Kwong Wong Hoi Hang Karen

Kwong Wong Hoi Hang Karen

Hong Kong

Ms Karen is a private physiotherapist with the master degree of sports medicine and health science who works in her own clinic in Hong Kong. She has joined the AFC injury surveillance program since 2017 and working closely with Aspetar.

Dr. Ami Rajesh Shah

Dr. Ami Rajesh Shah

India

Dr Ami is a Paediatrician and Clinical Geneticist with interest on the field of Neurogenetics, Neurometabolic disorders, Fetal genetics and autopsy and Genetic Academics. She is currently holds various posts such as Clinical assistant in Neurology, Consultant Pediatric Geneticist, Consultant Clinical Genetics to name a few.

Dr. Andrew Massey

Dr. Andrew Massey

Northern Ireland | FIFA

Andy Massey joined FIFA in 2020, having worked at Liverpool FC for the previous 7 years as Head of Medical Services.

Dr Roald Bhar

Dr Roald Bhar

Norway | Qatar

Roald Bahr is the Prof. of Sports Medicine in the Department of Sports Medicine at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.

Dr Khalid Al Khaliafi

Dr Khalid Al Khaliafi

Qatar

Dr. Khalid is an Orthopedic Surgeon and currently the Director of the Visiting Surgeons Programme in Aspetar.

Prof. Sébastien Racinais

Prof. Sébastien Racinais

France | Qatar

Sébastien Racinais is the head of Research at Aspetar, Chair of the IOC Adverse Weather Impact expert at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Prof. Jens Kleinefeld

Prof. Jens Kleinefeld

Germany | FIFA

Prof. Jens is a leading Emergency Doctor, Pain Specialist & Intensive Care Physician. He is a UEFA DCO & FIFA Medical Officer.

Dr Maria-Carmen Adamuz

Dr Maria-Carmen Adamuz

Spain | Qatar

Dr. Maria-Carmen Adamuz is Spanish trained Cardiologist with experience in both Clinical and Sports Cardiology.

Dr. Yorck Olaf Schumacher

Dr. Yorck Olaf Schumacher

Germany | Qatar

Prof. Schumacher joined Aspetar since 2012 managing the Medicine and Emergency Services Physician and Head of Sub-Specialty Medicine in Aspetar.

Dr. Sofie Nelis

Dr. Sofie Nelis

Germany | Qatar

Sofie Nelis, is a Dutch trained physician working at Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicicine in the musculoskeletal clinic as a physician and in the medical education department

Dr. Javier Arnaiz

Dr. Javier Arnaiz

Spain | Qatar

Dr Arnaiz is a Spanish trained Radiologist with a focus on musculoskeletal diseases and Sports injuries. He is currently the Head of the Radiology Department of Aspetar.

Dr. Yacine Zerguini

Dr. Yacine Zerguini

Algeria | FIFA & CAF

Dr Yacine Zerguini is a Senior Consultant on Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy and Chairman of the FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence - Algeria.

Dr. Montassar Tabben

Dr. Montassar Tabben

Tunisia | Qatar

Dr Tabben is a Ph.D in Exercise Physiology, a former Karate world champion medalist. He currently working as Scientific Researcher and part of the ASPREV Department of Aspetar.

Dr. Atef Hashem

Dr. Atef Hashem

Qatar

DR Atef Hashem is a Consultant Prosthodontist in Aspetar. In 2001, he was awarded a scholarship grant to pursue his postgraduate studies in the field of prosthodontics in The Dublin Dental University Hospital, Trinity College, Ireland

Ms. Rizwana Saleem

Ms. Rizwana Saleem

Qatar

Rizwana Saleem has a Diploma in Dental Nursing level 3 with the City & Guilds from the United Kingdom and currently a team member of the Sports Dentistry department here at Aspetar since 2015.

Dr. Thanos Stamos, DDS

Dr. Thanos Stamos, DDS

Greece | Qatar

Dr Thanos is the Co-founder and Executive Vice-President of the European Association for Sports Dentistry (EA4SD),

Nelda Nader

Nelda Nader

Qatar

Nelda is a Registered Dietician with a BSc in Clinical Nutrition and a Masters in Food Management and a Specialization in Sports Nutrition from the International Olympic Committee.

Konstantinos Epameinontidis

Konstantinos Epameinontidis

Greece | Qatar

Konstantinos graduated from physiotherapy school in Greece and also holds a BSc in Health Sciences from Leeds Metropolitan University. Since his graduation he has been a full-time clinician with a special focus on sports injuries.

Prof. Faleh Tamimi

Prof. Faleh Tamimi

Canada | Qatar

Prof. Tamimi, holds academic appointments at McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and at Qatar University as the Associate Dean of the College of Dental Medicine.

Toni Jane Snoxell

Toni Jane Snoxell

South Africa | Qatar

Toni Snoxel is a South African trained physiotherapist with 12 years of experience working predominantly with elite and professional athletes in all sporting codes.

Dr. Zohreh Haratian

Dr. Zohreh Haratian

Islamic Republic of Iran

Dr. Zohreh is a Sports Medicine specialist and currently the Head of FIFA and AFC Medical center of excellence ( IFMARK), Head of medical department of Iranian Football league as well as FIFA and AFC Medical and Doping Control Officer.

Dr. Roula Kotsifaki

Dr. Roula Kotsifaki

Greece | Qatar

Dr. Roula Kotsifaki is a physiotherapist from Athens, Greece. She has a MSc in Motion Analysis and a PhD in Computer Modeling with a focus on the biomechanical profile of professional athletes after ACL reconstruction at the time to return to sport.

Prof. Arumugam Sivaraman

Prof. Arumugam Sivaraman

India

Prof. Arumugam is the Director - Centre for Sports Science (CSS) and Professor & Head - Department of Arthroscopy & Sports Medicine Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education & Research (Deemed to be University). He is also the President – Indian Association of Sports Medicine (IASM) President (Elect) - Indian Arthroscopy Society (IAS).

Dr Abdulwahab Al Musleh

Dr Abdulwahab Al Musleh

Qatar

Advisor Consultant to the Minister of Public Health and Chairman World Cup 2022 Healthcare.

Dr Paul Dijkstra

Dr Paul Dijkstra

United Kingdom | Qatar

Dr. Paul Dijkstra is a Consultant Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician and Director of Medical Education at Aspetar.

Dr Michiko Dohi-Tashima

Dr Michiko Dohi-Tashima

Japan

Dr Michiko Dohi is currently the Deputy Chairperson of AFC Medical Committee and a Sports Radiologist and Sports Medicine Specialists.

Alexis Weber

Alexis Weber

Switzerland | FIFA

Head of Anti-Doping - Legal & Compliance Division, FIFA. He studied Finance and International Business as well as Sports Law.

 Paul Balsom, Dr Med. Sci

Paul Balsom, Dr Med. Sci

Sweden | UEFA

Paul Balsom is a UEFA Pro-Licence Coach and Head of UEFA’s Fitness for Football Advisory Group. A PhD in Exercise Physiology graduate.

Dr Mohammed Alsaey

Dr Mohammed Alsaey

Qatar

Dr Mohammed Alsaey is the Director of Sports Dentistry and Consultant in Oral Surgery
at Aspetar (Qatar).

Om El Khir Ksantini

Om El Khir Ksantini

France/Tunisia | Qatar

Om El Khir Ksantini is a French/Tunisian physiotherapist who graduated in 1998 from the l'Ecole Superieure des Sciences et Techniques de la Sante in Tunisia.

Prof. Valter Di Salvo, PhD

Prof. Valter Di Salvo, PhD

Italy | Qatar

Valter Di Salvo is currently Director of Football Performance & Science with the Qatar FA and ASPIRE Academy and since 2002 full Professor at University of Rome “Foro Italico”.

Dr. Louis Holtzhausen

Dr. Louis Holtzhausen

South Africa | Qatar

Dr Louis Holtzhausen is a Sports Medicine Physician at Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill-Cornell Medical College in Qatar.

Dr. Mark Fulcher

Dr. Mark Fulcher

New Zealand | FIFA

Dr Mark Fulcher is a Sports and Exercise Physician, FIFA Medical Committee member, Sr. Lecturer at the University of Auckland, Sr. Editor FIFA FM Diploma.

Andreas Serner

Andreas Serner

Denmark | FIFA

Andreas is a physiotherapist from Copenhagen, Denmark. He has a Master’s in Medical Science; Sports Science and Sports Medicine and currently working as a Medical Researcher at FIFA.

Daniele Bonanno

Daniele Bonanno

Italy | Qatar

Daniele is currently Football Performance Coordinator at Aspire Academy managing the integration of the different areas of the Football Performance & Science department within QSL and QFA. Academically holds Master of Sports Science.

Konstantinos Defteraios

Konstantinos Defteraios

Greece | Qatar

Konstrantinos is a Sports Physiotherapist in Aspetar since 2016 which he does sports specific rehabilitation of football players but also for the rest of the sports with knee injuries, mostly ACLR.

Evi Sidiropoulou

Evi Sidiropoulou

Greece | Qatar

Evi is a Senior Physical Coach and Head of the Strength and Conditioning section in Aspetar's rehabilitation department.

Matthew Azzopardi

Matthew Azzopardi

Malta | Qatar

Matthew holds a Masters degree in Neurological Rehabilitation graduated from Sheffield Hallam University. He currently working in Aspetar focus on musculoskeletal rehabilittaion

Dr. John George

Dr. John George

India | UAE

Dr John currently practices in Transform Centre, a clinic he founded in 2012, where he has performed upward of 7600 surgeries. He consults 18 Football Clubs across the World and their National Rugby Team, part owns a football team in India.

Dr. Bahar Hassanmirzaei

Dr. Bahar Hassanmirzaei

Islamic Republic of Iran

Dr. Bahar Hassanmirzaei is a Sports and Exercise Medicine Specialist who graduated from Iran and has recently joined the Aspetar ASPREV) Project.

Cosmin Horobeanu

Cosmin Horobeanu

Romania | Qatar

Cosmin is a Sport physiotherapist from Romania working with the 1st Football National Team of Qatar, part of Nation Teams Medical Services Unit and a PhD student at University of Liege – Belgium

Dr Ryo Matsunaga

Dr Ryo Matsunaga

Japan

Dr. Ryo is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and a Team Doctor at Japan Football Association participated in various international football competitions. Dr Ryo has joined the AFC Injury Surveillance program since 2017 and working closely with Aspetar.

Dr Johnny Anderson

Dr Johnny Anderson

Sweden

Kent Jonny Andersson is an orthopaedic surgeon and hand surgeon, specialized in wrist arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction of the wrist and thumb among athletes, joint replacement in wrist, thumb and fingers and Nerve decompression of the hand and forearm.

Dr. Margo Mountjoy

Dr. Margo Mountjoy

Canada

Dr. Margo is a member of the IOC Working Groups in Mental Health in Athletes as well in the Prevention of Harassment and Abuse in Sport.

Dr Celeste Geertsema

Dr Celeste Geertsema

New Zealand | Qatar

Dr. Celeste is a Sports Medicine Physician and specialise in event coverage in football, snow and adventure sports.

Prof. Marco Cardinale

Prof. Marco Cardinale

Italy | Qatar

Prof. Cardinale is a Sports Scientist and he is currently the Executive Director of Research Scientific Support in Aspetar.

Dr Liesel Gertseema

Dr Liesel Gertseema

New Zealand | Qatar

Dr Geertsema is a Sports Medicine Physician and Fellow of the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Dr Cristiano Eirale

Dr Cristiano Eirale

Italy | Qatar

Dr Cristiano Eirale is a Sports Medicine Physician with a focus on football medicine pathology, physiology and performance.

Dr. Dania Almasri

Dr. Dania Almasri

Qatar

Dr. Dania is a Specialist in Endodontics at Aspetar. She completed he MSc in Clinical Dentistry.

Daniel Kings

Daniel Kings

Australia | Qatar

Mr. Daniel Kings has a degree on Food Science and Master's on Science in dietetics and an IOC postgraduate diploma in sports nutrition.

Lubna Al-Raisi

Lubna Al-Raisi

Oman | Qatar

Lubna Al-Raisi is an Omani sports podiatrist who is currently working in Aspetar since 2016. she is specialized in podiatric management and treatment of foot and ankle injuries among athletes.

Nicoletta Luchini

Nicoletta Luchini

Italy | Qatar

Nicoletta Luchini is an Italian physiotherapist. She has worked in Switzerland in a orthopedic and rheumatology rehabilitation hospital and with youth volleyball teams from 1995 until 2006.

Dr. Zarko Vuckovic

Dr. Zarko Vuckovic

Serbia | Qatar

Dr Zarko Vuckovic is a General Surgeon and a groin pain specialist. Alongside his work as a surgeon, having a notable sports culture and affection for sports,

Dr. George Nassis, PhD

Dr. George Nassis, PhD

Greece | UAE

Dr. George is a sports scientist and exercise physiologist with international experience on football performance & science. Dr. George is an associate professor at the United Arab Emirates University

Daniel Martinez Silvan

Daniel Martinez Silvan

Spain | Qatar

Daniel Silvan is the Head Physiotherapist in Aspire Academy and he completed his Post-graduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy (2005). Master Degree in Manual Therapy and Sports Performance by the Spanish OC.

Jaime Díaz-Ocejo, PhD

Jaime Díaz-Ocejo, PhD

Spain | Qatar

Jaime is the Sport Psychologist of Qatar National Football -first- Team at Qatar FA and and has been a Senior Sport Psychologist and Lead Sports Psychology at Aspire Academy.

Ms. Esther Schunke

Ms. Esther Schunke

USA | Qatar

Esther Schunke is the Senior Dental Nurse at Aspetar. She is a Florida board certified dental assistant by the DANB, U.S.A.

Dermot Simpson

Dermot Simpson

Ireland | Qatar

Dermot Simpson is a physiotherapist from Ireland. He completed his Physiotherapy degree and post graduate Master’s degree in Sports Physiotherapy from University College Dublin.

Dr Mourad Ghrairi

Dr Mourad Ghrairi

Tunisia | FIFA MCE Dubai

Dr Mourad is currently the CMO of the FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence Dubai. He is a specialise in PMR & Sports medicine, team Physician with numerous football teams “Football Club de Toul, France” , Espérance Sportive de Tunis

Dr. Markus Laupheimer

Dr. Markus Laupheimer

Germany | Qatar

Markus is a passionate Sports & Musculoskeletal Consultant Physician with a broad medical knowledge of all major fields in medicine.

Dr Lee Taylor PhD FACSM FECSS AES CSci

Dr Lee Taylor PhD FACSM FECSS AES CSci

UK

Lee is am Associate Professor in Environmental and Exercise Physiology in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University

Warren Gregson PhD MBA

Warren Gregson PhD MBA

UK | Qatar

Warren has over 25 years’ experience operating at the intersection of science and technology in the global football industry. Over the last decade, Warren has served as Head of Performance Science & R&D at Aspire Academy and Qatar FA

Prof. David Handelsman

Prof. David Handelsman

Australia

David Handelsman AO MB BS PhD FRACP FAHMS is Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology and Andrology, University of Sydney. Inaugural, and now Emeritus, Director of the ANZAC Research Institute and founding Head of Australia’s only Andrology Department at Concord Hospital.