Dr George Pitsis
MB BS, Dip Paeds, M Sp Med, FACSEP
Specialist Sport & Exercise Physician
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (University of Sydney)
Diploma in Paediatrics (Sydney Children’s Hospital, University of New South Wales)
Masters of Sports Medicine (University of New South Wales)
Fellowship of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians (FACSEP)
Dr George Pitsis first became interested in Sports Medicine after he sought treatment for a sports related injury.
He was impressed in the level of expertise and care that Sports Physicians had to offer and the positive effect it had on his sport. He has always enjoyed and participated in sports from a young age and helping people in general. It was only natural that once Dr Pitsis completed his medical degree at the University of Sydney in 1993, he would combine his love for sport and medicine.
On the path to obtaining his Fellowship with the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians in 2004, Dr Pitsis also completed his Diploma in Paediatrics in 1996 and a Masters of Sports Medicine at University of New South Wales 2002. This included a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport in 2000 during the Sydney Olympics.
Dr Pitsis has over 25 years’ experience as the physician for many elite sporting teams and has been involved in numerous Olympic and Commonwealth Games as well as World Championships. In 2013 he became the Chief Medical Officer for the Cronulla Sharks NRL team that lead to the club’s inaugural premiership in 2016 and continues to be involved with the club in this capacity.
Dr Pitsis is the practice principal of ‘Sports Medicine Institute’ (SMI) located in the medical hub of the Sutherland Shire. SMI is a multi-disciplinary treatment centre where leading physician’s and allied health professionals work hand in hand to provide world class treatment and rehabilitation. It is regarded as one of the best sports treatment rehabilitation centres in the medical field. With the inclusion of a full-scale gymnasium in 2015, Sports Medicine Institute further enhanced its’ reputation as a premier provider of medical and rehabilitation services in the local Shire and beyond. Just as Dr Pitsis envisioned, Genisys Gymnasium is not only a place for rehabilitating patients but also the general public.
Dr Pitsis ensures that he remains at the cutting edge of Sports Medicine by attending and presenting at numerous conferences each year.
Dr Pitsis continually partakes in research and regularly publishes and studies international peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of the Australian Medical Association and the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians.
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
Fellow – Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians
Member – Australian Medical Association
Publications in refereed journals
George C. Pitsis, Kieran E. Fallon, Susan K Fallon and Ruth Fazakerley. The response of soluble transferrin receptor and iron related parameters to iron supplementation in iron depleted, non-anaemic elite female athletes. Sports Medicine Department, Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, Australia, 2000 – 2003. Clin J Sport Med 2004;14:300-304
George C. Pitsis, John P. Best and Martin Sullivan. Unusual stress fractures of the proximal phalanx of the great Toe: a report of two cases. Eastern Suburbs Sports Medicine Clinic, Sydney, 2001. Br J Sports Med 2004;38:e31
George C. Pitsis, Phillip Perry and Hans Van der Wall. Stress fracture of the proximal phalanx of the second toe: a case report. Clin J Sport Med, 2003; 13(2):118-9
George C. Pitsis, Lawrence Cohen, James Linklater, & Hans Van der Wall. Retinoid induced ossification of the interosseous membrane of the leg. Clin Nucl Med, Vol 30, No 2, February 2005.
Robert Seipel, James Linklater, George Pitsis, and Martin Sullivan. The Peroneocalcaneus Internus Muscle: An unusual cause of Posterior Ankle Impingement: A Case Report. Foot & Ankle Int, October 2005: Vol 26, No. 10: 890 – 893.
Warwick Bruce, Hans Van der Wall, Geoffrey Storey, Robert Loneragan, George Pitsis, Siri
Kannangara. Bone scintigraphy in acetabular labral tears. Clin Nucl Med 2004: 29(8): 465-8.
K Hazratwala et al, Acknowledgement George Pitsis. A radiographic investigation to determine the safety of suture anchor systems for paediatric modified brostrum ankle ligament reconstruction. Am J of Sports Med, March 2005: Vol 33, No. 3.
Professional Conferences & Appearances
The Role of a Sports Physician in a Multidisciplinary team – Invited speaker, Sports Chiropractic Association of Australia, International Federation Sports Chiropractic, Sydney Australia, 2014 & 2017.
The role of Sports Medicine in Musculoskeletal Causes of Pain – Invited Speaker, 1st, 2nd and 3rd multidisciplinary musculoskeletal ultrasound symposiums on pain management, Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital Dec 2010 – 2012.
The role of Ultrasound in Sports Medicine – Invited speaker, Singapore, May 2010.
George C. Pitsis, Kieran E. Fallon, Susan K. Fallon and Ruth Fazakerley. The response of
soluble transferrin receptor and iron related parameters to iron supplementation in iron depleted, non-anaemic elite female athletes. Sports Medicine Department, Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, Australia, 2000. (Abstract) Australian College of Sports Physicians Registrars Conference Proceedings, Sydney, NSW, February 2002.
George C Pitsis. Creatine Supplementation in Athletes. (Abstract) Australian College of Sports Physicians Registrars Conference Proceedings, Mt Macedon, Victoria, February 2001.
George C. Pitsis and Kieran E. Fallon. Iron Deficiency in Athletes – The Role of Serum Transferrin Receptor Levels in the Assessment of Iron Status in Athletes: An update. (Abstract) Australian College of Sports Physicians National Conference Proceedings, Gold Coast, Queensland, November 2000.