Dr Helen Parretti, MA(Oxon), PhD, MBBS, MRCGP, MSc

Helen is a Consultant Clinical Senior Lecturer in Primary Care at the University of East Anglia. She has had a slightly unusual career path as she originally studied chemistry at the University of Oxford and then completed her PhD and worked as a research fellow in chemistry. However, in 2002 she decided to change careers and retrain as a doctor and completed her medical degree at St George’s, University of London.  She returned to research during her GP training, completing her training as an Academic Clinical Fellow. She was then appointed as an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in primary care at the University of Birmingham and has recently moved to the University of East Anglia. She works one day a week as a GP and spends the rest of the week conducting research into obesity and primary care.  In addition to working as a GP, Helen worked a locum consultant in the weight management service in University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust between 2019-2020.

Helen has several national roles related to obesity and has been involved in the development of national clinical guidance in post-bariatric surgery care. She is the Royal College of General Practitioner’s representative to two Royal College of Physician’s committees (Advisory Group on Nutrition, Weight and Health, and Joint Steering Committee for Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus) and the Society for Endocrinology working group “Defining the Future of Endocrinology”. She was elected to the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society council in 2020 as an integrated healthcare professional council member. Helen is committed to working to improve the care of people with obesity, particularly from a general practice perspective.