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Dr Rafael Santos

Dr Rafael Santos

Sports Medicine Physician

Dr Rafael Santos is a sports physician with a passion for sports and the profession. With previous experience as a football athlete, Dr Santos graduated in Medicine at Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil, and completed the Sports Medicine Medical residency at the Universidade de Sao Paulo, FIFA Medical Centre. He has worked in a multitude of  sports and has participated as a team physician in various international and local competitions, including for Brazilian national football teams (Womens U15/First Team) and basketball teams (U15/U16 and First Team), and providing medical coverage for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil and the Rio Olympics 2016. Dr Santos joined Aspetar in 2018 as a Sports Medicine Fellow until 2019, and worked at Aspire Academy before joining the current Aspetar Sports Medicine Department. His special interests are in MSK injuries, MSK US, football medicine, cycling, and sports performance.


  • Doctor, M.D.
  • Universidade Federal de Santa Maria – UFSM (Federal University of Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil. 
  • Sports Medicine Physician, Sports Medicine Residency
  • Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da USP (Medical School of the University of Sao Paulo, Orthopedic and Trauma Institute, FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence – IOT , 2012-2015
  • Sports Medicine Diploma International Olympic Committee, 2013-2015
  • Post-Graduation in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics
  • Hospital das Clinicas da Faculdade de Medicina da USP (Medical School of the University of Sao Paulo, Orthopedic and Trauma Institute, FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence – IOT, 2012
  • Sports Medicine Fellowship at Aspetar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, 2018-2019.


Career Achievements:
  • Sports Medicine Physician, Vuelta Espana 2021
  • Sports Medicine Physician at the Aspire Academy, National Sports Medicine Program, Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Doha, Qatar, 2019-2021
  • U16 Qatar Football National Team Doctor, July – September 2019.
  • IAAF World Athletics Championship, 2019. Medical Coverage.
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFA Referees Officials Sports Medicine Physician, France 2019.
  • Team Doctor for the Fisrt Team of Jordan Football Association, Asian Cup, 14th Dec to 20th Jan 2019.
  • Team Doctor for the U19 Aspire Academy Football Team Alkass International Cup 2019-2020
  • 48th FIG World Artistic Gymnastics Championship 2018, Medical Coverage
  • Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, Medical Coverage.
  • FIFA World Cup 2014, Medical Coverage
  • Team Physician of the U-15, Brazil National Women’s Football Team, Confederacao Brasileira de Futebol (CBF). Brazil. Rio de Janeiro, RJ.
  • Team Physician of the U15/U16 Men’s Basketball National Team, Confederacao Brasileira de Basquete, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, RJ

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