Dr Pender was the first graduate of dietetics in the UK and has an impressive record of decorations from his professional association (BDA) in a career spanning some 30 years. He has practiced as a Dietitian at the Murrayfield Hospital since it opened in 1984.
After graduating, he began professional life as a Dietitian in gastroenterology; this was soon followed by promotion to Chief Renal Specialist and shortly afterwards to Area Dietitian. He headed homeward to Edinburgh to take up his first of many teaching posts. Alongside teaching, his modest research profile and extensive clinical record continue to flourish, culminating in a number of key achievements including a successful PhD (nutritional status of haemodialysis patients treated at home), publications in the BMJ and a number of opportunities to present his work internationally (Boston, San Diego, Assisi, Madrid, Umea, Jerusalem). He has recently designed the Nutrition Care web site for NES (www.nutritioncare.scot.nhs.uk) and was the architect of the national Nutrition module as part of the DOTS CPD framework for foundation doctors. He has also authored several textbooks, including a Blackwell best seller (Clinical Cases in Dietetics).
More recently, he was appointed to the position of Lead Specialist Dietitian with the bariatric service at the Spire Edinburgh Hospitals where he has developed the dietetic arm of the multi-disciplinary team supporting the client load of overweight and obese patients.