I want to inspire people to use the amazing scientific discoveries in the fields of Nutritional and Lifestyle Medicine, which point back to the words of the father of Medicine Hippocrates that “The best doctors cure by changing the diet and lifestyle of their patient”.
Dr Eleni is a Specialist in Nutritional Medicine, Internal and Palliative Medicine. She has a special interest in the use of dietary and lifestyle interventions for:
- health and well-being
- weight control and treatment of obesity
- the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic diseases, particularly cancer, cardiovascular disease and dementia
- maintaining health and well-being in old age
She has been working in the National Health Service (NHS) in Greater London since 1997. The last decade she has been working within a team of expert, compassionate physicians, nurses and other therapists who provide care for patients with cancer and other illnesses at Princess Alice Hospice in Esher, at Kingston Hospital in Kingston-Upon-Thames and the community around Surrey and Southwest London.
From September 2012 until May 2013, Dr Eleni joined Dr Jervoise Andreyev and his team at the Gastrointestinal Unit in the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea, as a visiting honorary physician in the Late Effects of Cancer Treatment Clinic.
As a doctor with a special interest in Integrated Oncology and Nutritional Medicine, Dr Eleni has been working for the last 5 years at Penny Brohn Cancer Care, offering nutritional and lifestyle advice to people living with or affected by cancer and their carers.
Dr Eleni received her medical degree from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki in Greece and completed her first specialty training at St Savas Oncology hospital and the Academic Department of Hippokration Hospital, in Athens. She acquired specialist accreditation in Internal (General) Medicine in 1998.
From 1994 she was involved in clinical and laboratory research in cancer at the University of Athens with Professor George Stathopoulos.
Moving to London in 1997 she continued her cancer research for another three years at the Oncology Department of the Royal Free Hospital with Professor Richard Begent, having been awarded a scholarship from the European Society of Medical Oncology.
Dr Eleni married her English husband Christopher and together they decided to stay in London. She became interested in palliative care, which gave her the opportunity to care for patients in a more holistic and gentle way. She acquired specialist accreditation in Palliative Medicine in 2007.
In 2010, she completed a Masters of Science (MSc) in Nutritional Medicine at the School of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford with the support from a scholarship from Cancer Research Campaign. These studies opened for her a whole new world of ways of helping patients and gave her a new understanding of the causes of illnesses and therapeutic potential of dietary and lifestyle interventions. Her thesis on “Food as Medicine: from Hippocrates to Modern Times” has been acknowledged as an innovative approach to Hippocratic writings.
Dr Eleni has served as Chair of the Food and Nutrition Group (FNG) at Help the Hospices from 2007 until 2011. During that time, she led a team of doctors, nurses, dietitians and other healthcare professionals in delivering a number of educational initiatives, as well as producing:
- a Consensus Statement on Nutritional Care of Palliative Care Patients, which has been endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Nursing, the European Association of Palliative Care, the British Dietetic Association and the National Association of Care Catering and
- a Nutrition and Hydration Audit Tool, in collaboration with the Help the Hospices National Audit Group, available now to all hospices in the UK.
Dr Eleni completed a Diploma in History and Philosophy of Bio-Medical Sciences, at the University of Athens, Greece. She researches and writes on nutrition issues, history and philosophy of medicine and, in particular, Hippocrates.
Dr Eleni has published peer-reviewed articles in the BMJ, the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians in London ‘Clinical Medicine’, Cancer, American Journal of Gastroenterology, British Journal of Cancer, Clinical Cancer Research, Cancer Investigation, Tumor Biology, Clinical Rheumatology and Iatriki.
She is the author of two book chapters on Food and Nutrition in Palliative Care (Handbook of Nutrition & Diet in Palliative Care and a Spanish book published by Elsevier) and a number of articles on nutrition, palliative medicine, cancer and history of medicine.
She is the co-author of “Nourish: the Cancer Care Cookbook” published in 2013.
She has contributed a regular column in the Hospice Information Bulletin.
Dr Eleni lectures worldwide to academic and community audiences on food, nutrition and lifestyle for health, as well as history and philosophy of medicine.