Dr Gary Hartstein
(born 1955 in Staten Island
, United States
), is Associate Professor
and Emergency Medicine
at University of Liège Hospital
Medical Delegate for the Formula One
After finishing his undergraduate study at the University of Rochester
, Hartstein trained as a doctor in Belgium
during the 1970s. In 1983 he returned to his native New York
, spending six years at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine
, in the Bronx
, specialising in anaesthesiology
In 1989 Hartstein returned to Belgium
and began working at Spa-Francorchamps
as part of the local medical team attending races. In 1990 Hartstein was assigned to the medical car containing Professor Sid Watkins
and the two doctors immediately formed a firm friendship.
Hartstein’s work at the Belgian Grand Prix
continued until 1997 when the FIA
, realising the need for an anaesthetist to assist Watkins, recruited him. For the next seven years Hartstein and Watkins rode together in the medical car at the start of most races.
In January 2005 Sid Watkins
announced that he was to retire as Formula One Medical Delegate and Hartstein was selected as his successor.
Since that time, Hartstein has been key in developing some of the FIA's new approaches and policies in terms of medical safety. Dr Hartstein is chair of the FIA Institute's Medical Training Working Group, which aims to standardize training and practices of... Read More