Dr Liz Joekes

Honorary Appointment

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 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 LSTM 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 PROSPECT 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 LSTM hosted International Multi-disciplinary Programme to Address Lung Health and TB in Africa (IMPALA https://www.lstmed.ac.uk/impala) and of the African Research Collaboration on Sepsis (ARCS https://www.lstmed.ac.uk/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