- Tessa Backhuijs

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Curriculum Vitae, Dr. T.A.M. Backhuijs, MD

Personal details

Family name: Backhuijs

First name: Tessa

Gender: Female

Nationality: Dutch / the Netherlands

Country of Residence: the Netherlands

Date of Birth: April 19th, 1984

Marital status: Married

Professional Profile

Since July 2015 I am a qualified sports medicine specialist. Before qualification I worked at several departments: radiology, cardiology, both general and orthopaedic surgery, in a general practitioner’s practice and at research departments. All these experiences made me the sports medicine specialist I am today. Apart from having a broad medical knowledge I feel it is important to share knowledge & experience with students.

During my medicine studies I went abroad twice for internships. Both living and working in South Africa and later in Australia have been a life changing experience on a personal level, but also from a medical perspective.

Competing in (off)road races as a cyclist is another passion of mine. This experience is a benefit for me as a sports physician as I understand the challenge of an optimal work-training-social life balance to achieve goals in sport & at work. 

I like to combine all experiences with a touch of creativity to advice athletes and patients on all levels and performing in all kind of sports.

My special interest is exercise physiology. It’s the only medical test in which a patient is being investigated during exercise. A cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) can be used in a work-up for diagnostic purposes or as a health check. To investigate how physical fitness and health can be improved, for both healthy persons or patients.

Current registration

NL: BIG number: 39909886901, since May 26th, 2008. Renewal of registration due January 1st, 2018. Registration as sports medicine specialist since July 17th, 2015. Renewal of registration due July 16, 2020.

SCAS registered diving physician: SCAS-1236838, since January 31st, 2017. Renewal of registration due January 30th, 2022


2018 Leadership in Medicine, Maxima Medical Centre, Eindhoven (NL)

2016 Talent Class: Medical Management Skills, Academy of Medical specialists, Utrecht (NL)

2015 Sports medicine physician, University of Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)

2009 Radiation protection course, level 3M at Boerhaave Institute Leiden (NL)

2008 Medical doctor, University of Maastricht, Maastricht (NL)

Membership of professional bodies

2018 member of Exercise = Medicine Committee (VSG)

2017 member of Medical Ethical Committee (VSG)

2016 Nederlandse Vereniging Duikgeneeskunde (NVD)

2011 Vereniging voor Sportgeneeskunde (VSG)

2002 Koninklijke Nederlandsche Maatschappij tot bevordering van der Geneeskunde (KNMG)

Current Employment

Job title: Sports Medicine Specialist

Employer: Amphia Medical Centre, Breda

Start date: August 22nd, 2017

Responsibilities & Duties

– both acute and chronic injury treatment of athletes and patients; in collaboration with an orthopaedic surgeon and sports physiotherapists.

– analysis of exercise related chest pain / dyspnea / fatigue and unexplained performance loss.

– medical screening of (competitive) athletes, sport students, and divers. Medical screening including cardiopulmonary exercise testing, resting EKG, test of pulmonary function, auditory and vision testing, general and orthopaedic physical examination, medical history (Lausanne protocol).

Job title: Entrepreneur 

Team Physician of a pro continental cycling team since 2016

Sports Medicine Specialist at SportPoli Brabant since 2019

Training History

Job title: registrar sports medicine

Employer: UMC Utrecht (NL

Date: January 1st, 2011 – July 15th, 2015

Responsibilities & Duties

– 9 months at cardiology department (both at Department of Cardiology, UMC Utrecht and Central Military Hospital).

Duties: ward work, clinics, emergency department, rehabilitation after cardiac disease.

– 3 months at pulmonary department, Department of Lung diseases, UMC Utrecht.

Duties: clinics, emergency department, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, rehabilitation of astma / COPD.

– 12 months at Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Diakonessen ziekenhuis Utrecht/Zeist.

Duties: ward work, clinics, emergency department, assisting in surgical procedures.

– 3 months at general practitioner’s practice.

Duties: clinics.

– 3 months participating in research projects at Rehabilitation, Nursing Science & Sports Medicine department, UMC Utrecht.

Project 1 resulted in article in press in British Journal of Cardiology: Are the current guidelines for performing sports with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator too restrictive?

Project 2 participation in research project focused on physical fitness and perceived fitness of female patients with subclinical hypothyroidism

– 9 months at Dutch Federal Soccer League (KNVB).

Duties: clinics, medical screening (see page 1 for protocol) rehabilitation of injured soccer players, team doctor of national girl’s teams.

– 9 months at Rehabilitation, Nursing Science & Sports Medicine department, UMC Utrecht.

Duties: clinics, medical screening (see page 1 for protocol), promotional activities during Grand Depart Utrecht (Tour de France 2015).

Job title: registrar radiology

Employer: UMC Utrecht (NL)

Date: April 1st, 2009 – November 1st, 2010

Training programme to specialise in radiology. My goal was to specialise in musculoskeletal and sports radiology. During these years I found out that I am a people’s person. I like to be in contact with people. This is an asset that is not useful in radiology. Therefore I decided to switch to sports medicine.

Academic Interests

2016 Theresia A.M. Backhuijs, MD, Hilde Joosten, MD, Pieter Zanen, MD, Hendrik M. Nathoe, MD PhD, Mathias Meine, MD PhD, Pieter A. Doevendans, MD PhD, Frank J.G. Backx, MD PhD, Rienk Rienks, MD PhD. Are the current guidelines for performing sports with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator too restrictive? British Journal of Cardiology; 2016;23:16-20

2002 – 2005 Honours Programme at Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht (CARIM) under supervision of Dr. Y.M. Pinto.

In collaboration with Medtronic Bakken Research CentreCARIM Maastricht

Internships abroad

28-06-2007 – 08-05-2008 Clinical and Research internship in Sports Medicine at Monash Medical Faculty, Melbourne, Australia.

Experience at Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rheumatology, Radiology, team doctor of premier league Australian Rules Football Team (AFL).

Training course MFM1014 Musculoskeletal Medicine at Monash University Melbourne, Australia.

20-12-2005 – 08-04-2006 Internship E.N.T. and Internal Medicine, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, Republic of South Africa.