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

Personal details

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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 physician. I have work experience in radiology, cardiology, both general and orthopaedic surgery, in a general practitioner’s practice and in research departments. At the department of radiology I was trained to teach medical students. In 2015-2016 I was part of a ‘Talent class’ to feed my interest in aspects of leadership in health care. Since February 2017 I am part of a similar project in our hospital. A great way to work with the future leaders in health care.

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.

Since I worked at several departments of the hospital, I have broad experience in health care. Besides I am a competitive cyclist in road racing. This experience is an extra benefit for me as a sports physician as I understand the pressure of training load and competition and work-training-social life issues athletes are dealing with. 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 interests are firstly sports nutrition / role of food in maintaining and regaining good health.

Secondly how to monitor training load and recovery for athletes and patients. I aim to teach athletes and patients to take care of their body to optimally perform every day not by pushing themselves continually but by monitoring their training load and recovery. This can be done subjectively or by using wearables.

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


2017 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

2017 member of Medical Ethical Committee (VSG)

2016 Vereniging Arts en Voeding

2016 Nederlandse Vereniging Duikgeneeskunde

2011 Vereniging voor Sportgeneeskunde (VSG)

2002 Koninklijke Nederlandsche Maatschappij tot bevordering van der Geneeskunde

Current Employment

Job title: Sports Medicine Specialist

Employer: SMC SportMax, Eindhoven

Start date: August 1st, 2015

Responsibilities & Duties

– both acute and chronic injury treatment of athletes and patients; once a week in collaboration with an orthopaedic surgeon or trauma surgeon and a sports physiotherapist.

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

– medical screening of (competitive) athletes, sport students, health checks of employees 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).

– stress EKG for patients with chest complains (referred by their general practitioner).

– training of medical doctors specialising in sports medicine.

– team physician of WM3 Pro Cycling team.

SMC SportMax is an innovating sports medicine department in Maxima Medisch Centrum, Veldhoven / Eindhoven (NL). At this department we have 25 employees of whom 6 are sports medicine physician. Our mission is to advice athletes / patients to perform at the highest possible level. Our range of patients consists of competitive athletes, sport students, inactive patients who want to become physically active, patients recovering from cancer or cardiopulmonary pathology.

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.