Dr Farrah Jawad

Performing Arts Medicine MSc

Professional Biography

Dr Farrah Jawad is a registrar in Sport and Exercise Medicine, currently working at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH) as part of her training. She qualified from Barts and the London School of Medicine in 2008, having completed an intercalated BSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Queen Mary University of London in 2007. It was her BSc that first sparked her interest in Sport and Exercise Medicine and she has found her registrar training to be both fascinating and fulfilling.

Farrah sees patients in the NHS Sport and Exercise Medicine clinics and Tendon clinic at the ISEH, in addition to seeing patients with colleagues in the English Institute of Sport clinics at the ISEH and in musculoskeletal ultrasound.

Farrah is currently in her second year of her MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at University College London which she is undertaking part-time. She hopes that in gaining a deeper understanding of Performing Arts Medicine, she can enhance her practice in the future.

“I am very interested in the parallels between Performing Arts Medicine and Sport and Exercise Medicine. Performing artists, like athletes, train and rehearse for many hours, sometimes in suboptimal conditions. They too are subject to injury and illness and I have found the MSc course helpful in considering the issues that may affect the performing artist and how these might be overcome.”

She is undertaking a research project with the Royal Ballet looking at seasonal variation in vitamin D levels among its dancers.

Farrah is on the England Boxing’s Register of Approved Doctors and has experience covering boxing events with Hooks ABC and Islington Boxing Club, British Universities and Colleges Sport events, England Athletics and GB Basketball. This year she took an Out of Programme Experience to attend the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa as Team Doctor alongside Dr Mike Loosemore, ISEH consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine.

“The Games was a great experience for me to appreciate the organisation that goes into preparing for a Games, particularly with regards to the heat-related risks of the Samoan climate and the recent Dengue fever outbreak.”