I graduated from University of Dusseldorf Medical School in Germany and relocated to the United Kingdom in 2007. I have a longstanding interest in endocrinology and human metabolism, with active research and clinical practice in this area. I undertook research into human metabolism at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and obtained a DPhil in Clinical Medicine from the University of Oxford. Since 2015, I have been a Clinician Scientist at the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research at the University of Birmingham, leading the Human Metabolic Physiology Research lab. I am a Consultant Endocrinologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
My clinical interest is Complex Endocrine Obesity, with a specific focus on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and other hormonal conditions associated with weight gain. I have extensive experience in the management of PCOS and other hormonal conditions associated with obesity and abnormal metabolism, and I lead the Complex Endocrine Obesity clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. I hold a Specialist Certification of Obesity Professional Education (SCOPE), the only internationally-recognised certification in obesity management. Furthermore, my clinical practice encompasses general endocrinology, adrenal disorders, and thyroid dysfunction.
My clinical practice covers the following areas:
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Difficulty losing weight in association with hormonal conditions
- General Endocrinology
I teach at the University of Birmingham Medical School and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. I lead the Endocrinology Trainees Liaison Programme at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, providing support and working together with the next generation of endocrinologists to improve their training. I am an active member of the Society for Endocrinology, having served on the Young Endocrinologists Steering Committee. I regularly participate in public engagement events for children and young adults, promoting healthy eating and sharing my passion for metabolism and endocrinology.
My clinical interest is in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and other hormonal conditions associated with weight gain (Complex Endocrine Obesity). In my approach, patient needs shape the priorities of management (holistic needs assessment). Following careful hormonal and metabolic assessment, weight loss is promoted through a wide range of interventions. These include motivational techniques for introducing lifestyle changes, nutritional interventions, and medications. I work closely with colleagues in reproductive medicine, bariatric surgery, and other specialities as required, in this way offering comprehensive patient management.
In my spare time, I love travelling and spending time outdoors with my two daughters. I am a keen cook and serve a legendary slow-cooked Mediterranean potato hot pot.