Dr Frederic Pender


BSc, PgD, PhD, RD

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I was the first graduate of dietetics in the UK and have an impressive record of decorations from my professional association (BDA) in a career spanning some 30 years. I have practiced as a Dietitian at the Murrayfield Hospital since it opened in 1984.

After graduating, I began professional life as a Dietitian in gastroenterology; this was soon followed by promotion to Chief Renal Specialist and shortly afterwards to Area Dietitian. I then headed homeward to Edinburgh to take up my first of many teaching posts. Alongside teaching, my 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 my work internationally (Boston, San Diego, Assisi, Madrid, Umea, Jerusalem).

I have 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. I have also authored several textbooks, including a Blackwell best seller (Clinical Cases in Dietetics).

More recently, I was appointed to the position of Lead Specialist Dietitian with the bariatric service at the Spire Edinburgh Hospitals where I have developed the dietetic arm of the multi-disciplinary team supporting the client load of overweight and obese patients.


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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.

Professional memberships

Health Professions Council (DT1857)

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.

Fellow in Medical Education
Medical School
University of Edinburgh

I have a range of interests, including power walking, theatre, music and water skiing. I am a district bridge master. I enjoy general knowledge quizzes and had a recent near death experience with Anne Robinson when I appeared on the on the Weakest Link. I am no stranger to television and radio work, appearing in my own show with the BBC and radio.

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

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