Dr Patrick Wheeler


Consultant and Head of Service, Sport and Exercise Medicine

Dr Patrick Wheeler is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust. He is the Head of Service for the Department of Sport and Exercise Medicine, working as a part of the multidisciplinary team.

In addition to his role at UHL, Dr Wheeler was appointed as a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Fellow at Loughborough University in 2013, working part-time in both roles. He was previously been employed at Bath University from 2007-2014 teaching extensively on the Sport and Exercise Medicine MSc course, and still continues to teach Specialist Registrars in Sport and Exercise Medicine across the East Midlands.

Dr Wheeler graduated from Leicester University Medical School in 1998. He also holds an MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine (2004), Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine (2006), Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine (2007), Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (2011), and an MSc in Physical Activity and Public Health (2012). He is a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine, and was one of the first group of doctors entered onto the GMC Specialist Register in Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2009. He is currently enrolled on a  PhD at Loughborough University where he is studying the management options for tendinopathy conditions. Prior to his training in sport and exercise medicine, Dr Wheeler qualified and worked as a General Practitioner and still holds membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Dr Wheeler’s current areas of research interest include the medical management of tendinopathies, understanding the patient journey and experience, identifying methods of physical activity promotion in well and injured people, and the development of more effective pre-participation screening to facilitate physical activity uptake.

Dr Wheeler has worked for a variety of sporting governing bodies for nearly fifteen years. Previously he worked at the English Institute of Sport in the East Midlands Region and has worked for a variety of national governing bodies including triathlon, rugby, football, shooting and softball. Having stepped down from his post as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for British Triathlon (2009-13), Dr Wheeler continues to work as the CMO to British ParaTriathlon, and has been appointed to work as one of the medical officers for ParalympicsGB at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.