Liesel Geertsema, MBChB, PGDipSM

Dr. Liesel Geertsema is a New Zealander and did her specialist sports medicine training through the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Medicine. She is currently a Sports Physician at Aspetar Hospital – seeing all athletes from all sports. In addition, Dr. Geertsema is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. She has been a FIFA Medical Officer since 2014 – overseeing venue medical services and performing doping control at FIFA World Cups. She has also been a team physician for a number of New Zealand teams – netball, football, cycling, taekwondo, Commonwealth Games and Winter Olympics. Her special interests include providing medical services for a number of World Cups, World Championships and Professional Tournaments in athletics, handball, swimming, tennis, cycling and rugby sevens. However, Dr. Geertsema has said that her most enjoyable jobs include being a ski patrol doctor for three years and a doctor for expeditions to Mount Everest and Mount Aconcagua.