Dr. Shireen Kassam

Dr. Shireen Kassam

Consultant Haematologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College Hospital

Dr Shireen Kassam is a Consultant Haematologist at King’s College Hospital, London. She specialises in the care of people with lymphoma, cancer of the lymphatic system. She trained at St Mary’s Medical School, part of Imperial College London, qualifying as a doctor in 2000.  She first undertook general medical training, achieving membership of the Royal College of Physician in 2003. She then entered specialist haematology training gaining Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2009. Shireen took 4 years out of her specialist training to pursue a PhD at Queen Mary University and Barts Cancer Institute. She investigated the role of supra-nutritional doses of selenium in sensitising lymphoma cells to the cytotoxic effects of chemotherapy and deciphered mechanisms by which this effect was occurring. She was awarded a PhD in 2011. She subsequently completed her haematology training and has been a Consultant since 2012.

Shireen’s interest in the role of nutrition on health began when she became vegan for ethical reasons in 2013. Since then she has educated herself in the health promoting effects of a whole foods plant-based diet. She has completed the eCornell certification programme in plant-based nutrition in 2017. Shireen is passionate about educating her patients about the health benefits of a plant-based diet and strongly believes that diet can and should be used to both treat and prevent many of our common diseases.

In 2017, Shireen founded Plant-based Health Professionals, UK (pbhp.uk), a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of plant-based nutrition. Its mission is to provide evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle education to health professionals and the general public for optimal health and well-being.

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