The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK) is governed by a Council of Fellows and Members, who work to lead the Faculty and the specialty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM). Our Executive Council is:
Dr John Etherington CBE FFSEM (UK) FRCP, President (2018)
Dr Etherington has been an active member of the FSEM (UK) Council since its launch in 2006 and held the position of Vice President of the Faculty.
He is Medical Director and a consultant rheumatologist at Pure Sports Medicine. He was Director of Defence Rehabilitation for the UK Armed Forces for 10 years, and a Consultant in Rheumatology and Rehabilitation at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre. His work has included early stage rehabilitation of complex trauma patients with operational injuries as well as the prediction of musculo-injury in a military population. Dr Etherington was National Clinical Director for Rehabilitation for NHS England. He was the Defence Consultant Advisor in Rheumatology and Rehabilitation and Sport and Exercise Medicine, and the Chairman of the Surgeon General’s Defence Musculo-skeletal Health Advisory Group. He was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018.
Dr Chris Tomlinson FFSEM (UK), Vice President (2020-2023)
Dr Tomlinson is an experienced Sports Physician with special interests in Gymnastics and Football. He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer to British Gymnastics, is a Senior Sports Physician with the English Institute of Sport and Sports Physician at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. 2020 marks his 16th season working in professional football, and he has travelled with teams for the FA, BOA and British Athletics. He is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital in Oswestry, and was an HQ Medical Officer for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics, and Team England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Dr Mike Rossiter FFSEM (UK), Vice President (2018-2021)
Dr Rossiter is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) & MSK Lead at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has strong teaching commitments for both SEM trainees and for GPs in MSK. He also has established academic links with The University of Winchester to help fund and run research projects in SEM and MSK.
Away from his NHS work, he has also worked with a variety of professional sports for 20 years, including CMO for GB Hockey, attending three Commonwealth and three Olympic Games (including the Gold medal for the Women at Rio 2016) as well as European and World Cups as the team doctor. He has been club doctor at London Irish, Southampton FC and CMO for GB Synchronised Swimming and worked as a Sports Physician for the English Institute of Sport, at Bisham Abbey, for 9 years, treating elite able-bodied and disabled athletes across many sports. He is one of the match day doctors at Twickenham covering immediate care for the players or as one of the independent match day doctors for concussion (including the Rugby World Cup final in 2015), tutor on the RFU’s Pre-Hospital Immediate Care in Sport Course and independent match reviewer for concussive events in Rugby from Premiership to International matches. His most recent post was as Team England CMO for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia and he has just been appointed as CMO for the Team GB Preparation Camp for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Dr Sivanadian Mani-Babu, FFSEM (UK) FRCP, Honorary Secretary (2018-2021)
Dr Mani-Babu was appointed as Honorary Secretary and joined the Faculty Council in 2018. He currently works as SEM Consultant for Barts Health NHS Trust, the largest NHS Trust in the UK. His roles in elite sport have included medical team leader at Olympic and Paralympic Games (2012 London), Lead UK team doctor at The Invictus Games (2017 Toronto), National Classifier for the British Athletics Parallel Success Programme and Club Doctor in professional football with Brentford FC for 6 seasons and more recently Fulham FC. He has also worked at a variety of other sports including boxing, judo, basketball, marathon/athletics events and rugby. He worked for many years with the Ministry of Defence at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court, where he was Lead Consultant in the Centre for Spinal and Upper Quadrant Rehabilitation. He was lead for medical education at Headley Court and a member of the SEM Specialist Advisory Committee for National Training, leading on Quality Management. He is an examiner and question writer for the FSEM Membership Examination and also interviewer for national SEM specialist trainee recruitment.
Prof. Patrick Wheeler FFSEM(UK), Honorary Treasurer (2020-2023)
Prof. Patrick Wheeler was appointed to the position of FSEM Honorary Treasurer in 2020, having previously been elected to FSEM Council in 2016. Patrick was one of the first doctors entered onto the GMC Specialist Register in Sport & Exercise Medicine, after successful CESR completion in 2009. In the same year he was appointed as a Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine in the Sports Medicine Department of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL); the department in which he started working more than 20yrs ago, initially as a GPwSI. Since 2013 he has also worked 2 days a week at Loughborough University with involvement in a number of teaching and research activities, and where he has been awarded an Honorary Clinical Professorship.
Patrick’s main areas of personal clinical research involves the medical management of tendinopathies, he has several ongoing NHS-based interventional research studies and his PhD was in this area. He has taught, examined, and supervised at several universities at undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctoral levels, as well as holding Clinical and Educational supervision roles in SEM Higher Specialist Training.
Patrick has previously worked extensively in elite and performance sport. He worked for the English Institute of Sport between 2007 and 2013, was CMO for a number of sports between 2004 and 2016, and worked for ParalympicsGB at the Rio2016, London 2012, and Beijing2008 Paralympics Games. He has stepped away from direct sport work to concentrate on his NHS, University and Faculty roles.