EUSSER people

Our people consist of allied health professionals, doctors and surgeons whose common aim is to improve shoulder and elbow care using the society as a forum of education, promoting research and linking professionals and patients across Europe.

About us

The European Society for Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation is made up of health professionals who specialize or have an interest in the field of shoulder & elbow dysfunction.

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Executive Committees


Marco Conti

Marco Conti
Past President

MD, PhD
Member of:
  • Executive Committee
  • Website Committee

Consultant for Shoulder Rehab at the Reha Unit of the Humanitas Hospital Milano Alex Castagna senior assistant - EUSSER Treasurer from 2009 to 2014- SECEC Reab Committee Chairman Medical degree from Milan University in 1991 PhD in Human Physiology in 1996. Specialist in Sports Medicine since 1997 and since that time he has worked closely with Dr Alessandro Castagna, internationally recognised shoulder surgeon. Trained at the SCOI with SJS Snyder from 1997-1999, at the Orange County Orthopedic Speciality institute with B Rubin in 2002.

Suzanne Gard

Suzanne Gard
President

PT
Member of:
  • Executive Committee

EUSSER President, PT, MSc in Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne works at the Swiss Olympic Medical Center, and at the Sports Orthopaedic and Trauma department at the University Hospital of Geneva, HUG, Switzerland since 2011. She is a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences, Geneva in Physiotherapy. She has been a Member of EUSSER board since 2012. She is also Board member of a Swiss Sports Medicine Network (RRMES), Member of the Swiss Sports PT association ( Sportfisio). Her special interest are Shoulder rehabilitation, especially instability and the management of apprehension, and sport injury…

Corinne Bernimoulin

Corinne Bernimoulin
Treasurer

Physiotherapist
Member of:
  • Executive Committee

Corinne Bernimoulin is a physiotherapist currently working in the Orthopaedic Rehabilitation unit at the University Hospital of Geneva (HUG). She worked in several countries, taking care of patients with schoulder injuries. She is now part of the shoulder team which takes care of patients after surgery. She also works in the development of new protocols on shoulder rehabilitation. She is part of the Board of the Geneva Physiotherapist Association. Corinne is part of the WCPT2019 Geneva commission , in charge of the local organisation of the world congress in 2019

Honorary Members


Jaap Willems

Jaap Willems
Honorary Member

MD, PhD, shoulder surgeon
Member of:

Jaap Willems Dr Jaap Willems has extensive experience in arthroscopic and open shoulder surgery. With a special interest in developing new techniques for arthroscopic repair in shoulder instability and cuff pathology as well as revision shoulder arthroplasty. Following his medical training, general surgery and orthopaedic experience he developed an interest in shoulder surgery in 1985. In 1998 he became chief of the orthopaedic department in het Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis Amsterdam, a large teaching hospital. This Hospital is a special reference centre for: Paediatric Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic…

Olivier Gagey

Olivier Gagey
Honorary Member

MD, PhD, shoulder surgeon
Member of:

Olivier Gagey, MD PhD, head of the orthopaedic Dept, University Hospital of Bicêtre (France).

Ian Bayley

Ian Bayley
Honorary Member

MD, PhD, shoulder surgeon
Member of:

Ian Bayley was appointed to direct the Specialist Unit at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in 1980 when Shoulder Surgery was in its infancy. He succeeded Professor Lipman Kessel who pioneered the concept of specialist Shoulder practice in the UK. In his professional time he has seen the practice of shoulder surgery emerge from Cinderella status into the mainsteam of MSK practice when many services boast not one but several shoulder specialists. During this time Ian Bayley's particular interests have been in the area of diagnosing difficult and resistant pain status; the development of a…

Ann Cools

Ann Cools
President, 2009-2012

PT, PhD
Member of:

Ann Cools, PT, PhD, works at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy at the Ghent University in Belgium. She specialized in sport specific shoulder rehabilitation, and finished her PhD project in 2003 entitled "Scapulothoracic muscle recruitment in overhead athletes". Since 1998, she has a teaching and research assignment at the Ghent University, in basic education as well as advanced courses. At present, she is head of the Physical Therapy Education of the Ghent University. Her topic of research and teaching expertise, as well as her clinical work is shoulder rehabilitation,…

Committee chairs


Ingrid Hultenheim Klintberg

Ingrid Hultenheim Klintberg
Chair of International Li

PT, PhD
Member of:
  • Executive Committee
  • Scientific Committee
  • International Links & National Delegates

Ingrid Hultenheim Klintberg (PT1984), Chair of the Scientific Committee. Clinician at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden. Specialist in orthopaedic rehabilitation. PhD (2010), thesis entitled Physiotherapy after surgery in patients with subacromial pain. Involved in research & development of physiotherapy for shoulder and elbow dysfunctions.

Yasmaine Karel

Yasmaine Karel
Scientific Committee Chai

PT, PhD student
Member of:
  • Executive Committee
  • Scientific Committee

Yasmaine finished her degree in physiotherapy in 2009 and epidemiology in 2010. In 2011 she went on to start her PhD about shoulder management in physiotherapy practice for the Department of General Practice at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) in cooperation with the Avans University of Applied Sciences. Currently she's finishing her PhD, works as a teacher in physiotherapy at the Avans University of Applied Sciences and as a clinical physiotherapist/ultrasonographer in a private practice focusing on shoulder complaints.

Milena Mirkovic

Milena Mirkovic
Educational Committee Cha

Physiotherapist
Member of:
  • Executive Committee
  • Education Commitee
  • Education Commitee

Milena is a physiotherapist since 2005. She completed her undergraduate studies and clinical masters in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in Australia, as well as a diploma in IOC Sports Physical Therapy. She currently works with elite British tennis players at the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) in London. She also consults in private practice in central London with special interest in upper limb injuries. Milena has published 2 research papers on the shoulder, she is actively involved in research projects and lecturing, and is on the education committee of EUSSER.

Committee Members


Anju Jaggi

Anju Jaggi
 

Physiotherapist

Anju is a Consultant Physiotherapist with a clinical interest in shoulder dysfunction and research & innovation lead for the Therapy directorate at the RNOHT. She has 17 years of clinical experience in managing complex shoulder pain and instability. She has lectured internationally and presented at numerous scientific meetings. She has published work in the field of motor control at the shoulder and is leading a multi-centered double blinded placebo RCT. She holds an honorary clinical lecturer post at UCL and is currently Past President of the European Society of Shoulder & Elbow Rehabilitation…

Suresh Sudula

Suresh Sudula
 

PT, MSK UltraSound

Suresh qualified as a physiotherapist from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, INDIA in 2001. Since then he has worked in a variety of settings including acute hospital, community care, private practice and sports clubs. He has specialised in Musculoskeletal Medicine for the last 10 years, during this time he has gained Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine and Injection therapy. He is also one of the very few qualified non-medical physio prescribers in the UK. Suresh took basic MSK US training in January 2011 and subsequently completed skills training course in Oxford. Since 2011 Suresh has…

Ian Horsley

Ian Horsley
 

PT, PhD

Dr. Ian Horsley is Lead Physiotherapist in the North West for the English Institute of Sport, and Technical Lead for the North directorate, as well as being clinical director of Back In Action Rehabilitation, in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK. He has recently concluded research, towards his PhD, in examining musculoskeletal causes of shoulder injuries within professional rugby, and is currently reviewing the role of physiotherapy within the management of musculoskeletal injury. He is also a member of the EUSSER Ed Comm!

Ali Noorani

Ali Noorani
 

Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon

Mr Ali Noorani MBBS BSc (Hons) MRCS FRCS (Trauma & Orth) Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon St Bartholomew's and the Royal London Hospital Upper Limb Service ( Shoulder & Elbow) Mr Noorani is a substantive Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at St Bartholomew’s and Royal London Hospital (Barts Health NHS), specialising in trauma and upper limb surgery. This hospital is a tertiary referral centre for complex upper limb patients. He qualified from the Imperial College School of Medicine (London) in the year 2000 and completed his Orthopaedic and Trauma training on the prestigious Royal London…


Rodrigo Ruivo

Rodrigo Ruivo
 

PhD student

Master Degree in Exercise and Health by Human Kinetics University PhD in Motor Behavior Graduated in Science Sports Master Degree in Exercise and Health University teacher in ISCE and ESDRM (Lisbon) Exercise Coordinator at Clinica das Conchas (Lisbon) EUSSER co-chair of the national delegate committee (European Society for Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation) Health & Fitness; Instructor certified by American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Center Director at Clínica das Conchas Several participations in National Shoulder Congresses and conferences Mentorship with Dr. Bob Donatelli (World specialist…

Ivana Kotri

Ivana Kotri
 

Physiotherapist

My name is Ivana Kotri Mihajić and I work as phisiotherapist at the Univ. Orthopedic Clinic Lovran, Croatia. Also, I am a lecturer on the Departmet of Ortopedics and Phisical Medicine at the Medical Faculty, University of Rijeka, Croatia. I graduated as a special education teacher at the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences at University of Zagreb. I am currently writting my doctoral thesis with the working title Mini-invasive vs. Convensional surgery – tissue response. I have the biggest affection for and find challenge in my resolving shoulder problems. Phone: 0038591 578 4180…

Lisbeth Rysenhus

Lisbeth Rysenhus
 

Physiotherapist

Lisbeth Rejsenhus has been a physiotherapist since 1995. She has at all times worked with rehabilitation of the shoulder, both at Viborg Hospital and Ålborg Hospital. In 2006 she started her own private practice for rehabilitation of the shoulder, Skulderklinikken Viborg, where she offers treatment to all kinds of shoulder patients with or without surgery. Together with an orthotist she also offers physiotherapy and bracing for Winging Scapula. Lisbeth makes 1- and 2-day practical courses in examination, analysis and rehabilitation of shoulder patients, for other physiotherapists, at her clinic…

Kirsti Pedak

Kirsti Pedak
 

Profession

Physiotherapy educated Tartu Univeristy . NDT - therapist 1998. KT-taping - instructor 2008. Specialized different shoulder, elbow and wrist disoders , after trauma and operation, both children and adults . Working in private practice since 2000 and Tallinn University Institute of Health Sience and Sport. Conducted several practical courses for physiotherapists, family doctors and coaches in Estonia.


Manos Fandridis

Manos Fandridis
 

MD

My name is Manos Fandridis. I am an orthopaedic surgeon dealing with upper limb trauma cases and chronic disorders. I had my shoulder and elbow fellowship with R. Hertel (Bern) and A. Castagna (Milan). I work as an orthopaedic consultant at the trauma center Hospital `’KAT`’ in Athens since 2008. I enjoyed the idea of a European shoulder and elbow scientific association upon rehabilitation, and I try to reinforce this effort in Greeks physiotherapists, orthopaedic surgeons and rehabilitation physicians. I believe that proper diagnosis; surgery and rehabilitation are strongly connected in order…

Anders Bakken

Anders Bakken
 

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Piotr Kaczmarek

Piotr Kaczmarek
 

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Luis Puig

Luis Puig
 

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Heidi Kari

Heidi Kari
 

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Val Jones

Val Jones
 

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Mia Gustafsson

Mia Gustafsson
 

PT

Mia Gustafsson, specialist physiotherapist in orthopaedic rehabilitation. Clinician at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg. Ongoing research project at the University of Gothenburg studying shoulder hemiprosthesis after proximal humeral fracture.

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Domenico Creta

Domenico Creta
 

Rehabilitation Doctor

Clinical and scientific consultant for sports trauma and rehabilitation in several clinics and rehabilitative sport centers in Italy; master's degree on "shoulder diseases: from diagnosis to treatment" (University of Bologna Italy); degree in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture; Member and past president of the Rehabilitation Committee of the Italian Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (SICSeG); Member and National (italian) delegate of the European Society for Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation (EUSSER); Member of the directive committee and educational committee of the Italian Society of Muscles,…

Marc Walrhavens

Marc Walrhavens
 

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Ricardo Matias

Ricardo Matias
 

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Andrew Van Broekhoven

Andrew Van Broekhoven
 

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Gerard Koel

Gerard Koel
 

PT

Profession: PT (Physiotherapist) , MT (Manual Therapist), MSc Master of Science Epidemiology), Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Enschede

Hilde Fredriksen

Hilde Fredriksen
 

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Patrice DUPLAN

Patrice DUPLAN
 

Physiotherapist and Osteopath at The Nice University Hospital Center (Pr BOILEAU

Physiotherapist and Osteopath at The Nice University Hospital Center (Pr BOILEAU) and private office. Research in shoulder's rehab after surgery (RCR, Prothesis, instability). Grand Prize of the french society of physiothérapie 2013 " Predictive factors for the success of the rehabilitation after the rotator cuff's repair" (Paris)

Strimpakos Nikolaos

Strimpakos Nikolaos
 

Physiotherapist

Associate Professor of Physiotherapy, TEI of Sterea Ellada (Central Greece), Greece and holds Honorary contracts as Research Associate from the University of Manchester and from the University of Athens. He has a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from University of Manchester and a specific interest in musculoskeletal assessment and rehabilitation Dr. Strimpakos is currently Director of the Center of Technological Research of Central Greece and Head of MSc Programme “Advanced Physiotherapy”. He also is an Elected member of the Research and Education Committee of TEI of Central Greece. On a national…


Nadya German

Nadya German
 

Physiotherapist

Chartered Physiotherapist (qualified in 1983) Masters degree in Research Methodology from Kings College, London (1997) Research thesis was on the Upper Limb Tension Test (median nerve bias) in patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Worked in London in various hospitals for 20 years, with 8 years experience as an Extended Scope Practitioner (ESP) in Upper Limb clinics, before returning to private practice in homeland Malta in 2003.

Eoin O Conaire

Eoin O Conaire
 

Physiotherapist

Eoin O Conaire is an award-winning Irish physiotherapist - specialising in shoulder and upper limb problems co-owner of a a multi-disciplinary healthcare company - Evidence-Based Therapy Centre in Galway in the West of Ireland. MSc with distinction in specialist Manipulative physiotherapy In collaboration with Dr. Jeremy Lewis, he was successful in gaining competitive peer-reviewed funding to set up the first physiotherapy-led arthographic hydrodistension service for people with Frozen shoulder

Reena Tweddle

Reena Tweddle
 

Physioterapist

Reena is a Physiotherapy Team Leader at York and Selby National Health Service and works as a senior physiotherapist in the private sector at the Yorkshire Physiotherapy Network based in Leeds. Reena has a specialist interest in rehabilitation of shoulder dysfunction. She teaches the cervical spine and shoulder modules as a guest lecturer at MSc level. She has an MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice and is a Certified Pilates Instructor (Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute).

Andre Le Leu

Andre Le Leu
 

Physiotherapist

Andre is a Physiotherapy Clinical Specialist who has developed a number of special interest areas over the years. He worked at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital alongside former EUSSER President Anju Jaggi, from 2004-2015 where he developed a unusual skill set across complex trauma, arthroplasty, pain, instability, hypermobility, and muscle transfers of the shoulder and elbow. He also worked as a clinical specialist for the peripheral nerve injuries team where he further enhanced his knowledge of brachial plexus and erbs palsy management and rehabilitation. He has extensive lecturing experience…


Dick Egmond

Dick Egmond
 

Physiotherapist

President of the German shoulder network (Schulternetzwerk Deutschland e.V.), member of the scientific committee of EUSSER. Consultant Physiotherapist at private practice in Wolfsburg, Germany. Since 1987 experience in education about 1500 physiotherapists, 1000 manual therapists in Germany and about 1000 shoulder specialist in Holland for several shoulder networks. Author of „Extremiteiten“ which is standard literature in the Dutch physiotherapeutic world together with Ruud Schuitemaker,

Matthias Kalmring

Matthias Kalmring
 

Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist in a community practice in Noah near Graz. Manual therapist (IFAMT concept) since 2015 and EUSSER membersince the beginning of 2016. Initiator of the ShoulderNetwork Austria and founder of the lokal Network Süd-Ost-Steiermark.

Olivier Rime

Olivier Rime
 

Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist in Bruxelles 2002 Specialist in manual therapy and sports physical therapy Special interest in shoulder assessment and treatment Head of Physiotherapy Department, La Tour Hospital, Geneva

Yasser Alakhdar

Yasser Alakhdar
 

Physiotherapist

Yasser Alakhdar, Physiotherapist, PhD, expert in sport injury and functional recovery in the shoulder and the elbow. His PhD covered sports injury and prevention. He lectures at the Department of Physiotherapy, University of Valencia. He is a researcher in tendons and genetics and is a member of several international research groups (SEFID, FTR, MONSTERS etc) Yasser is further the Vice president of the official federation of physiotherapists in Spain and the International coordinator of the faculty of Physiotherapy in Valencia, Spain


Ariane Schwank

Ariane Schwank
 

Physiotherapist

Ariane is a physiotherapy clinical specialist for upper limb dysfunctions and pain, working at the hospital “Kantonsspital Winterthur” in Switzerland. She is responsible for the quality of physiotherapeutic treatment in the upper limb team. Her clinical focus is on complex shoulder pain and conservative treatment, orthopaedic postoperative shoulder management and shoulder dysfunctions in patients with breast cancer. Her research focus is arising. In 2013 she successfully completed the Master in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy with distinction, at Melbourne University, Australia.

Celine Labie

Celine Labie
 

Physiotherapist

Céline is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist with specific interest in complex musculoskeletal pain disorders and upper limb rehabilitation.​ She completed a Clinical Master in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Curtin University, Perth, Australia where she was awarded the Max Zusman Prize. Beside her clinical work in a private practice, she is involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate musculoskeletal physiotherapists. Celine is currently based at Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Research Unit, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, KU…

Antonis Zacharopoulos

Antonis Zacharopoulos
 

Physiotherapist

Antonis Zacharopoulos is Clinical Specialist in Sports & Neuro- Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Part-time Lecturer in Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy School of Physiotherapy at European University Cyprus. Started his career in the U.K where he completed a M.Sc in Sports Physiotherapy at University College of London. He became Senior I Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist before he moved to Cyprus in 2004. Currently he is involved in Clinical Physiotherapy as Head Physiotherapist of A-Z PHYSIO HEALTH & SANCTUM Spa & Fitness Centre Limassol, Academic Teaching, Research projects at Cyprus Musculoskeletal…

Beate Dejaco

Beate Dejaco
 

Physiotherapist


Zach Spargo

Zach Spargo
 

Physiotherapist

Emma Salt

Emma Salt
 

Physiotherapist

Emma originally qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1993. She went on to gain an MSc in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in 2000 at University College London and a PhD in 2014 from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. Emma currently works as the Consultant Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at Burton Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts where she leads a team. Emma recently qualified as an independent prescriber. In 2015, Emma was awarded ‘Clinician of the year’ (the first non-medical member of staff to achieve this award). In addition the Trust nominated her for ‘employee of the year’…