Shireen Kassam, MBBS, FRCPath, PhD
Individual Lecture (live online presentation) – Shireen Kassam MBBS, FRCPath, PhD – Monday, Apr 04, 2022, 9:00 am – 11:00 am EST
Panel – Whole Food Plant Based Doctors Discuss What the Science Says About Preventing Cancer With Diet and Lifestyle – Friday, Apr 08, 2022, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm EST
Shireen Kassam MBBS, FRCPath, PhD is Visiting Professor in the University’s Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. She is also a Consultant Haematologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College Hospital, London with a specialist interest in the treatment of patients with lymphoma. Shireen’s role at the University is to deliver high-quality evidence-based education in the field of plant-based nutrition. She has developed and facilitates the UK’s only University-based CPD-accredited course on plant-based nutrition for healthcare professionals.
Shireen is passionate about promoting plant-based nutrition for the prevention and reversal of chronic diseases and for maintaining optimal health after treatment for cancer. She qualified as a medical doctor in 2000, initially training in general medicine, and gaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP; 2003). She then specialised in Haematology and achieved Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath; 2008). During training, she took time out to undertake a PhD (University of London, 2011). Her research investigated the role of selenium, an essential micronutrient, in sensitising cancer cells to chemotherapy. She was able to show that supra-nutritional doses of selenium could enhance the action of chemotherapy in the laboratory. She has published a number of peer-reviewed papers in the field of lymphoma.
Shireen discovered the power of nutrition for the prevention and treatment of disease in 2013 and since then has been following a whole food plant-based diet. She has immersed herself in the science of nutrition and health and completed the eCornell certification in plant-based nutrition. In 2019 she became certified as a Lifestyle Medicine Physician by the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. She is also a certified CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) practitioner.
Shireen founded the community interest company Plant-Based Health Professionals UK in 2017 to bring evidence-based education on plant-based nutrition to the UK. In January 2021, Shireen co-founded and launched the UK’s first CQC-registered, online, multi-disciplinary, plant-based lifestyle medicine healthcare service, Plant Based Health Online.