Session 1: Adaptive Sports

Leila Marques, MD

Portuguese Paralympic Committee, Lisbon, Portugal

Head of the Portuguese mission to the Tokyo’2020 Paralympic Games

Leila Marques participated in four Paralympic Games in Atlanta (1996), Sydney (2000), Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008), saying goodbye to the competition in Beijing2008.

This former athlete joined the GesLoures adapted swimming team at the age of 12, a team in which she debuted in major international competitions, at just 14 years old.

Hes career also counted with three medals in European and World championships in the modality of 100 meters breaststroke.

Leila was president of the Portuguese Federation of Sports for People with Disabilities (FPDD) between 2009 and 2012.

The vice-president of the CPP also said she was “honored” to assume this position, ensuring that the “primary objective is to provide athletes with the best possible conditions to compete at the best level”.

Cheri Blauwet, MD

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, USA

Cheri Blauwet, MD is an Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and the Distinguished Chair in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Brigham Health. She is an attending sports medicine physician at Mass General Brigham, where she also serves as Founding Director of the Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute. Dr. Blauwet is also a former Paralympic athlete in the sport of wheelchair racing, competing for the United States Team in three Paralympic Games (Sydney ’00, Athens ’04, Beijing ’08) and bringing home a total of seven Paralympic medals. She is also a two-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons.

Translating her background as an athlete to the clinical setting, Dr. Blauwet is a pioneer and change agent in the area of disability and health equity, with a specific focus on sport and physical activity for health promotion and chronic disease prevention. She is deeply committed to ensuring that opportunities for achieving optimal health are equitable and universally accessible to all, inclusive of people with disabilities. She serves as a Member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Medical Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) as well as numerous other leadership roles throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Harvard Medical School Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award and was named one Boston’s “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders” by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. In 2019 she was named by the Boston Business Journal as one of the “40 under 40” community leaders.

Monica Rho, MD

Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, Chicago, USA

Associate Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of
Medicine where she serves as the Director of Residency Training for the Department of Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is also the Chief of Musculoskeletal Medicine for the Shirley
Ryan AbilityLab (formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). She is board-
certified in Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). She is the head
team physician for the US Women’s National Soccer Team and was part of the 2019 Women’s
World Cup Championship Team in France and the 2021 Bronze Medal team at the Tokyo
Olympics. She is the former head team physician for the US Men’s Paralympic Soccer National
Team and accompanied them to the Rio 2016 Paralympics. She currently serves on the Medical
Advisory Board for US Soccer. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern
University and completed her medical degree and her residency training at Northwestern
University Feinberg School of Medicine. She did her Sports Medicine fellowship at Washington
University in St. Louis, MO. She was previously funded by a National Institute of Health K12
grant to study the neuromuscular control of the hip in femoroacetabular impingement. She has
presented her research nationally and internationally. She previously served as the company
physician for the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago and Blue Man Group. She is the 2015 recipient of the
“Best Teachers of Feinberg Award” at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. At
the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, she has also been awarded “Outstanding Teacher of the
Year” in 2012 and 2014 and “Mentor of the Year” in 2013, 2015, and 2016. In 2019, she was
named by Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine Forty Under Forty and an IF/THEN Ambassador,
charged with promoting women in STEM fields to inspire young girls across the country. In
2020, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation named her for the
PASSOR Legacy Award and Lectureship.

Francisco Trovão, PT

Associação Salvador, Lisbon, Portugal

As a high school student, Francisco had his first contact with adapted sports as an adaptive sailing coach, job that lead him to take physiotherapy as a career.

Physiotherapist since 2009, always developed his clinical practice on sports, mainly Rugby where he was head of PTs team from 2012 to 2016 at Sporting Club de Portugal (Rugby), simultaneously managing his own projects around healthcare to the elderly, serving both as an Educator and clinical provider.

Since 2017 he has been working with Associação Salvador, an ONG with the mission to promote the integration of physically disabled people in society and to improve their quality of life, acting as a coach and managing the Adapted Sports Project, currently providing 9 different sporting activities, and providing an annual grant on adapted sports equipment to any person with physical disability.

He is also a CrossFit® Level 1 Trainer, Certified Adapted and Inclusive trainer and Osteopath.

Sara Lorga, MD

Garcia d’Orta Hospital, Almada, Portugal

Graduated Hospital Assistant in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
Hospital Garcia de Orta, EPE, Almada
Postgraduate in Sports Medicine, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Eco-Guided
Medical Doctor of the Portuguesa de Desporto para Pessoas com
Deficiência, 2010-2020
Medical Doctor of the Federação Portuguesa de Lutas Amadoras, since

Susana Santos, MD

Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon, Portugal

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician based in Lisbon, Portugal.
Postgraduate in Sports Medicine, Scientific Publication and Ultrasound-Guided Injections
Physiatrist at Human Performance Department of Sport Lisboa e Benfica since 2021
Physician of National Basketball Female Team in 2010
Member of the Board of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine Portuguese Society and member of Social Bodies of Sports Medicine Society

Session 2: Female Athlete

Margo Mountjoy, MD, PhD

McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

Margo Mountjoy received her medical education and her family medicine training at McMaster University, Canada and her sports medicine specialty degree in Ottawa, Canada. Margo received her PhD from the VU University in Amsterdam. In addition, she has acted as the national team physician for Synchro Canada for 20 years as well as for the National Endurance Training Centre Athletes (middle- and long-distance track athletes) and the National Triathlon & Wrestling team training centres.

She is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Family Medicine in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University, Canada where she is now the Dean of the Waterloo Regional Campus.

She is also a member of the IOC Medical Commission’s Mental Health Working Group and her other area of research focus is on elite athlete health and well-being.

Júlio Costa, MS, PhD

Portuguese Football School, Oeiras, Portugal

Júlio Costa is a physiologist and researcher at Portugal Football School, Portuguese Football Federation. He holds a PhD in Sports Science and a Master in High Performance Training from the Faculty of Sports, University of Porto. In 2017 he was the recipient of a FIFA and Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology scholarship to study cardiac autonomic function and sleep patterns after training sessions and matches in female soccer players. He also worked as football coach with female teams for more than 8 years.

Kathryn Ackerman, MD, MPH

Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, USA

Kathryn (Kate) Ackerman, MD, MPH, FACSM is the Founder and Director of the Female
Athlete Program and Biennial International Female Athlete Conference at Boston
Children’s Hospital, the Associate Director of the Sports Endocrine Research Lab at
Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard
Medical School. She earned her BA from Cornell University, her MD from the Johns
Hopkins School of Medicine, her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, and
completed her residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of
Pennsylvania. She completed her sports medicine fellowship at Boston Children’s
Hospital and endocrinology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 
She was named a woman changing the world by Shape Magazine in 2019 and the top
sports medicine doctor in Boston by Boston magazine in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
She is currently the chair of the US Rowing medical commission​ and a member of the
World Rowing medical commission. Her research focuses on the Female Athlete Triad
and the various aspects of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S). She has
authored/co-authored over 100 articles and book chapters related to sports medicine,
endocrinology, rowing, bone health, and female athletes, including position
statements with the International Olympic Committee. Athletically, Dr. Ackerman
represented the US as a lightweight rower at the World Championships, having taken
up rowing as a walk-on at Cornell. She has multiple National Championships titles and
still competes with her teammates for life as a masters athlete. Most recently, she has
become a member of the national leadership counsel for the Wu Tsai Human
Performance Alliance, a $220mill initiative to improve health and performance
globally. Dr. Ackerman is leading the Alliance’s focus on scientific advancements for

Francisco Ayala Rodriguez, PhD

Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, Spain

PhD in Sports Sciences (2012).
Currently, I am a Ramon y Cajal postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Sports Science at
University of Murcia (Jan 2021 – Present). In 2019, I obtained a visiting readership at
the University of Gloucestershire.
I have extensive expertise in injury epidemiology and injury risk and prevention in team
sport athletes. In particular, some of the projects I am leading right now aim at
developing robust and generalizable pre-participation models (based on neural
networks and classification algorithms) that might allow to prospectively identify
athletes at high risk of sport-related injuries (e.g.: muscle strains).

Diana Santos-Ferreira, MD

Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon, Portugal

Diana Santos-Ferreira is a Sports Medicine physician working at Human Performance Department of Sport Lisboa e Benfica. She is also a physician at the Sports and Performance Unit of CUF Tejo Hospital e Family Unit of CUF Alvalade Clinic.
She is a guest lecturer at the Integrated Master Degree in Medicine at NOVA Medical School – Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.
She attends the Doctoral Programme in Medicine of NOVA Medical School – Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

Rita Tomás, MD, MS

Portuguese Football Federation, Oeiras, Portugal

Rita Tomás is a Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
physician based in Lisbon, Portugal. She has been working at the Health and
Performance Unit of the Portuguese Football Federation since 2011 and
currently is team physician of the Women's National Team.
She concluded with honors the International Olympic Committee Sports
Medicine Diploma and holds a master degree in Exercise and Health from the
Faculty of Human Kinetics at the University of Lisbon.
She is currently a guest lecturer at Faculty of Medical and Sports
Sciences, Universidade Europeia, Lisbon.


Session 3: COVID-19 and Sports: lessons learned and future directions

José Gomes Pereira, MD, PhD

Portuguese Olympic Committee, Lisbon, Portugal

Doctorate in Sports Science.
European Specialist in Sports Medicine.
Full Professor at FMH – University of Lisbon
Clinical Director – Olympic Committee of Portugal
Fellow and Professional Member of ECSS (European College of Sport Science), and ACSM
(American College of Sports Medicine).

Michael Papadakis, MD, PhD

St. George’s University Hospitals, London, England

Reader (Assoc Professor) in Cardiology at St George’s, University of
London and an Honorary Consultant Cardiologists at St George’s University
Hospitals. Dr Papadakis qualified at Imperial College School of Medicine in London in
2001 and gained membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2007. In 2014 he
was awarded a Medical Doctora at King’s College London. He is the president-elect
for the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC) and the past-chair of
the section of Sports Cardiology and Exercise of the EAPC. His interests include
sports cardiology, inherited cardiac diseases, cardiovascular disease prevention
including prevention of sudden cardiac death in young and athletic individuals, heart
failure and cardiac imaging. Dr Papadakis is currently credited with more than 80
publications in peer reviewed medical journals and numerous presentations in
national and international conferences. He has contributed to a number of projects
as an expert, including the creation of the Sports Cardiology core curriculum, the
creation of the international ECG criteria for an athlete’s evaluation and exercise
guidelines in individuals with heart disease. He has advanced education in the field
of Sports Cardiology by building educational material for the European Society of
Cardiology and launching a novel MSc degree in Sports Cardiology, the first
postgraduate qualification of its kind.

Niall Elliott, MD

Sportscotland Institute of Sport, Dundee, Scotland

Chief medical officer for Team GB at two Summer Olympic Games (2012, 2016)

Chief medical officer for Team GB at two Winter Olympic Games (2006, 2014)

Chief medical officer for Team Scotland at three Commonwealth Games (2010, 2014, 2018)

British Olympic Association Chief Medical Officer  (2021)

Romeu Mendes, MD, PhD

Northern Region Health Administration Public Health Unit, Vila Real,

Public Health Medical Doctor, with a PhD in Sports Sciences. He has also postgraduate studies in Sports Medicine and Public Health. Professionally he is a Public Health Medical Doctor at the Portuguese Northern Region Health Administration, Assistant Professor at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, and Consultant at the World Health Organization. He is also a Researcher at the Epidemiology Research Unit of the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto and at the Portugal Football School of the Portuguese Football Federation. He is the Deputy-Director of the National Program for the Promotion of Physical Activity at the Portuguese Directorate General of Health, and the Coordinator of “Diabetes em Movimento” and “SWEET Football” – community-based exercise programs for type 2 diabetes patients.

João Paulo Almeida, MD, PhD

 Lisbon, Portugal

29/06/1950 Lisbon
Degree in Medicine
Specialist in Clinical Pathology
Specialist in Sports Medicine
Head of Service of the Hospital Medical Career
Director of the Sports Medicine Services (1986-1996)
President of SPMD 1994-1999
Physician at 7 Olympic Games: Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and Rio de Janeiro
Official Doctor of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) 1982-1990
Official Doctor of the International Roller Skating Federation 1990-1992
Official Doctor of the International Union of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM) (1992-2008)
Official Doctor of the Portuguese Football Federation 1998-2000
Clinical Director of S L Benfica 2002-2016
Member of the EFSMA Executive Committee 2014-2021
Practitioner of Fencing, Shooting, Horse Riding and Modern Pentathlon

Hélder Dores, MD, PhD

Hospital da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal

Cardiologist at Hospital da Luz Lisbon – Coordinator of Sports Cardiology

Doctor at the Human Performance Department of Sport Lisboa e Benfica

CorSport Clinical Director

Professor at NOVA Medical School and Faculty of Medicine, Catholic University of Portugal

Vice-President of the General Assembly of the Portuguese Society of Sports Medicine

General Secretary of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology

Session 4: E-Sports Medicine

Catarina Cardoso, BSc

SAW, Oporto, Portugal

Catarina Cardoso is a junior psychologist and ex-elite artistic gymnast.
She started working with the eSports organization SAW since early 2021
and has been exploring the correlation between psychology and eSports
ever since.
She has been working with competitive players who have to operate at the
best of their abilities, showing that the relationship between mind and
body is also critical for professional eSports players to reach their
She also draws attention to the risk of stereotyping gamers, not putting
people in “boxes” and getting to know who they are.

Emiliano Ventura, MSc

Universidad Autónoma Madrid, Madrid, Spain

International Athlete for Portugal in Athletics;
Degree in Sports Science and Master on Physical Recovery;
Director of the BioPerformance Center at the Motor & Sport Institute de Madrid;
Consultant for Axiom Space in the Astronaut Strength, Conditioning and
Rehabilitation Programs and Fitness facilities.
Sports Physiologist and Performance Coach for Hyundai Motorsports at World
Touring Car Cup;
Sports Physiologist in Motorsports since 2009 working with athletes from every
category around the World from Formula 1 to Formula E, GT’s, Touring Cars
and ESports.

Melita N. Moore, MD

Level Up Sports Medicine, Sacramento, USA

Dr. Melita N. Moore is a quadruple board certified physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Brain Injury Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine. She recently served as a team physician in the NBA 2K League, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) G League. She is the CEO/Founder of Levels Unlocked Enterprises, a brand, marketing and events management firm focused on esports, sports and health and the Executive Director of Health-e-Gamer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization with an emphasis on esports and STEM through a wellness lens.

Dr. Moore has become the international thought leader on health and wellness for gamers and esports athletes. She has been innovative and instrumental in introducing the new subspecialty of Esports Medicine and is co-editor for the Handbook of Esports Medicine – the first documented textbook to be published on this field of study. Being one of a handful of team physicians of a professional esports team in the United States, she is uniquely positioned and well qualified to be cognizant of the mental and physical stress and burnout issues in the gaming community. She is simultaneously honored and humbled to be an active Board Member and Chair of the Global Esports Federation’s distinguished Health and Wellness Commission as well as the Vice President of the Pan Americas Esports Development Federation. As Chair, her main priority is to educate and advocate on behalf of parents, gamers and stakeholders on the importance of formulating and adopting healthy lifestyles in a rapidly evolving digital environment.

Caitlin McGee, PT

1HP, Los Angeles, USA

Dr. Caitlin McGee, PT, DPT, MS received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience
and Exercise and Sport Science from Ursinus College and her Doctorate of Physical
Therapy from the University
of Delaware. She has been working in esports and orthopedic medicine since 2015.
She is the co-owner and Performance and Esports Medicine Director of 1HP, a
company that provides health
and performance services to players, teams, and school esports programs, as well as
advisory services to industry organizations. She is a co-editor of the Handbook of
Esports Medicine, the first clinical textbook for the field of esports health and
performance, serves as an associate editor for the Annals of Esports research, and has
published research on the topic of tendinopathies in esports and the role of physical
therapists in esports.

Ana Pereira, MD, MS

Portuguese Football Federation, Oeiras, Portugal

Ana Monteiro Pereira is a Family Medicine physician in Lisbon (ACeS Loures-
Odivelas) and works as Team Physician in the Portuguese Football Federation
and Portuguese Basketball Federation.  She holds a Sports Medicine post-
graduate course and a Sports Medicine Master of Science at Faculdade de
Medicina de Coimbra  and has started PhD in Sports Sciences (Maia
University), in collaboration with the Portuguese Football School. For her PhD
project, she is developing a baseline epidemiological study on esports
participants, providing scientifically-based arguments for the discussion on the
health effects of eSports participation.

Alexandre Rebelo-Marques, MD, MS

Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, Coimbra,

Portuguese Sports Medicine Society