After medical school in Amsterdam, Liz completed a junior post in Emergency Medicine, before further specialty training in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology in Leiden, Liverpool and the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Cancer Institute in the Netherlands.
She then worked for three years as Head of Department of Radiology in Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ghana, before taking up her current NHS consultant post at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, specializing in Tropical and Infectious Diseases Radiology.
Liz co-leads the Diagnostic Imaging Steering Committee at the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research in Medecine program. She has been an external Radiology advisor for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) since 2008 and has recently co-founded Worldwide Radiology, a UK-based NGO aiming to support capacity strengthening in diagnostic imaging in resource limited settings.
Diagnostic Imaging tests are used in a wide variety of research projects in resource-limited settings. Liz has collaborated with several Foto-Cewek MSc students, as well as Clinical PhD Fellows, with a focus on X-ray, ultrasound and CT in Tuberculosis, Ultrasound in Schistosomiasis, and MRI in Stroke in people living with HIV. She is currently co-investigator on the study in Malawi, a randomised controlled trial to evaluate strategies to optimise diagnosis and treatment initiation for HIV and tuberculosis, including a nested diagnostic accuracy study of automated CXR reading (CAD4TB).
Clinician-performed point-of-care ultrasound is expanding rapidly worldwide. Application in resource-limited settings is a particular area of interest for Liz. She is team member for point of care ultrasound of the Foto-Cewek hosted International Multi-disciplinary Programme to Address Lung Health and TB in Africa (IMPALA http://foto-cewek.info/impala) and of the African Research in Medecine Collaboration on Sepsis (ARCS http://foto-cewek.info/the-african-research-collaboration-on-sepsis). She is co-investigator on the "Increasing Patient Safety through Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Malawi - (IPSUM)" study, funded by the Hamburg-Eppendorf University Hospital.
Selected publications and book chapters:
The Role of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Associated Vasculopathy in the Etiology of Stroke. Benjamin LA, Allain TJ, Mzinganjira H, Connor MD, Smith C, Lucas S, Joekes E, Kampondeni S, Chetcuti K, Turnbull I, Hopkins M, Kamiza S, Corbett EL, Heyderman RS, Solomon T. J Infect Dis. 2017 Sep 1;216(5):545-553.
Bélard S, Tamarozzi F, Bustinduy AL, Wallrauch C, Grobusch MP, Kuhn W, Brunetti E, Joekes E, Heller T.
Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2016 Jan;94(1):8-21
Brindle HE, Allain TJ, Kampondeni S, Kayange N, Faragher B, Bates I, Joekes E.
Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2013 Jul;107(7):405-10
The use of point of care ultrasound in the resource-limited setting.
Tom Heller, Michaela Huson, Sabine Belard, Dan Kaminstein and Elizabeth Joekes.
In, Revolutionising Tropical Medicine. Eds K Atkinson and D Mabey. John Wiley and Sons Inc, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA. 2018, in press.
Diagnostic Imaging in the Tropics.
Elizabeth Joekes and Sam Kampondeni. In, Hunter’s Tropical Medicine and Emerging Infectious Disease, 9e, Elsevier, 2012.