Dr. Giovanni Miletto
Giovanni Miletto was born in London with dual Italian/British nationality, thanks to his Italian father. After graduating medical school from Imperial College of Medicine in 1997, he worked in London till 2009. Since then he has worked in Canada, after graduating the board exams.
Gio has long been fascinated by a multi-disciplinary approach to medicine and the role of nutrition in health, “This traditionally marginalised concern plays and increasingly central role in mainstream management of everyday illnesses. While it’s true that ‘nutrition’ can include fad diets and suspect claims made by nutripharmaceuticals, there is a place for a reasonable basis to understanding how nutrition affects our well being.
People have become consumers and experts of their own health care. This has lead to a lack of trust in medical authority at times, often for good reason. But it’s also created a need for people to be more discerning about sources of information and what are legitimate treatments. Especially as many people now pay for health related treatments and advice, this need to establish what is effective is important. As a doctor, you hope to increase your understanding by facilitating a dialogue with people over these issues, like the role of nutrition, but in a way that keeps it grounded in the practical.”
Lucy Jones is currently the Specialist Dietitian in bariatric surgery for the North London Obesity Surgery Service at the Whittington Hospital in North London. Her current role involves the education and nutritional counselling of patients undergoing gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass. Lucy sees patients through group education sessions and on an individual basis in clinic. She fully assesses patient's nutritional adequacy and makes recommendations to improve their diets, health and to maximise their weight loss. She is also actively involved in audit and research in bariatrics, striving for improved global knowledge.
Lucy has a wealth of experience in bariatrics having worked as a bariatric dietitian at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and at the Homerton Hospital, both in London. Prior to this, she worked as a general dietitian covering a wide range of specialties at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Lucy has also held teaching posts in the past, acting as lead lecturer for nutrition for the Essence of Care course at Kensington Community College.
Lucy qualified in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from London Metropolitan University and is fully registered with the Health Professions council. She is a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and has an additional role of Public Relations Officer for the London Branch of the BDA. Through this capacity, Lucy responds to many media enquiries as a spokesperson for the BDA including written press, radio and television. She is also an active member of the Association for the Study of Obesity, British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society and Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons.
Mr. Shaw Somers
Consultant General & Gastrointestinal Surgeon BSc
Shaw Somers has been an NHS consultant surgeon since 1996 and specialises in upper Gastrointestinal surgery. Before this, he was a senior lecturer and honorary consultant at St James’ University in Leeds and Associate Professor at The Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong.
His bariatric surgical training started in 1994 in Leeds with Stephen Pollard, one of the UK’s first obesity surgeons. Since 1998, he has provided an NHS obesity service, initially at King Edward VII Hospital in Midhurst and subsequently at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester. He now practices at centres around the South of England.
He now has experience of over 2000 bariatric operations including over 1000 gastric bypasses, 600 gastric bands and 200 complex or revision procedures. His mortality rate is exemplary (less than 0.2%) despite operating on patients of extreme size (429 kg and BMI 141) and with associated co-morbidities.
In addition to being a recognised trainer in Bariatric Surgery and a counsel member of the British Obesity Surgery Society, he has a strong academic pedigree with over 30 peer-reviewed publications. He is also an honorary reader in Surgery at the University of Portsmouth.
In addition to all this, Shaw Somers is Discovery Home & Health’s ‘Fat Doctor’, the bariatric surgeon who battles to help the nation's morbidly obese lose weight. Every day he shrinks people in an effort to change and then save their lives. With a large number of followers, he has won over many with his great charm, empathy and expertise.
Shaw resides near Winchester with his wife and two sons.