Consultant Profile

Dr Frederic  Pender

Dr Frederic  Pender BSc, PgD, PhD, RD
Practicing at:
Spire Edinburgh Hospitals and Spire Murrayfield Edinburgh, Spire Shawfair Park Hospital
  • Allied Health Professionals
    • Dietetics
Special clinical interests:

Clinical nutrition, including management of overweight and obesity, diabetes and the metabolic syndrome, underweight and pre-surgical patients, all aspects of renal nutrition.  Eating disorders, cancer, allergy and specialist therapeutic inventions, together with dietary analysis form a routine caseload.

Research interests:

These include the impact and effects of dietary intervention, the effect of weight loss surgery on the food experience before and after surgery and  the effect of regular follow-up on dietary behaviour.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Fellow in Medical Education
Medical School
University of Edinburgh

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Health Professions Council (DT1857)

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
07749 836387
Private secretary telephone number:
0131 654 5600 or 0131 334 0363 (and leave message)
Private secretary fax:
0131 654 5687
Personal email address:
Thursday evenings or by appointment
Background Information 
Professional profile:

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 ( 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.

Personal profile:

Dr Pender has a range of interests, including power walking, theatre, music and water skiing.  He is a district bridge master.  He enjoys general knowledge quizzes and had a recent near death experience with Anne Robinson when he appeared on the on the Weakest Link.   He is no stranger to television and radio work, appearing in his own show with the BBC and radio. 

He is an accomplished and competitive cook; he has competed nationally and internationally winning various prestigious awards.   Indeed, such is his interest in food that he carried out a scientific study (PhD) using a special recipe for bran muffins containing controlled ingredients! 

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Dr Frederic  Pender

Dr Frederic  Pender Allied Health Professionals Consultant, Edinburgh, private hospital specialist.

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