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Dr. Paul Dijkstra

Dr. Paul Dijkstra

Director of Education and Specialist Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician

Dr. Paul Dijkstra joined the Aspetar Sports Medicine team in February 2013 as Sports Medicine Physician. He is on the UK General Medical Council specialist register and a Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK). He has been appointed as the Local Organizing Committee Chief Medical Officer to the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) that will be held in Doha, Qatar in December 2014. He is a member of the Technical Advisory Group to the National Committee on Nutrition and Physical Activity working on the development of the physical activity guidelines for the State of Qatar and leads the subcommittee on physical activity guidelines for medical conditions. Dr Dijkstra has extensive experience in Track and Field and has travelled to many national and international events as a Team Physician for the Great Britain Team.



  • 1991: MBChB (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
  • 1995: BSc Honors (Pharmacology - Cum Laude)(University of North West, South Africa)
  • 2004: MPhil (Sports Medicine)(University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • 2011: Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK, GMC Specialist Register)
Career Achievements
  • 2008 – January 2013: Chief Medical Officer to UK Athletics
  • 2008 and 2012: Leading the UK Athletics medical team to the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games in Beijing and London
  • 2009 and 2011: Leading the UK Athletics medical team to the Berlin and Daegu IAAF World Track and Field Championships
  • 2008-2012: Chairman of the UK Athletics Medical Commission and Member of the British Olympic Association Medical Commission
  • 1999-2005: Associate professor lecturing Sports Medicine at the North West University School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science, Potchefstroom, South Africa
  • 1994: Lead Team Physician for South Africa to the First Military World Games in Rome, Italy
  • 1994: Medical Officer at the inauguration of Mr Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa, Pretoria

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