Dr John Briffa

Dr John Briffa BSc (Hons) MB BS (Lond)

Dr John Briffa is a practising doctor, author and international speaker. He is prize-winning graduate of University College London School of Medicine, where he also gained a BSc degree in Biomedical Sciences. Dr Briffa is a leading authority on the impact of nutrition and other lifestyle factors on health and illness. He is dedicated to providing individuals with information and advice they can use to take control of their health and optimise their energy and vitality.

Dr Briffa is a former columnist for the Daily Mail and the Observer, and former contributing editor for Men’s Health magazine. He has contributed to over 50 newspaper and magazine titles internationally, and is a previous recipient of the Health Journalist of the Year award in the UK.

Dr Briffa has authored nine books on the subject of nutrition and self-help health.

In addition to his work in clinical practice and writing, for the last 18 years Dr Briffa has regularly delivered talks, workshops and health programmes geared towards the optimisation of energy, effectiveness and sustainability in individuals within organisations. Clients include Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Reuters, IBM, Bank of England, Morgan Stanley, Baker and Mackenzie, Bovis Lendlease, Danone, Clifford Chance, Eversheds, GE Money, GE Capital, BP, Skandia, Endless LLP, SSL International and Norton Rose. For more details, click here.

Dr John Briffa’s C.V. (resumé)


BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences – University College London (Department of Zoology) 1987

MB BS (Lond) University College London School of Medicine 1990

Current clinical positions:

Practitioner of Integrated Medicine – Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth, London, UK

Practitioner of Integrated Medicine – Highgate Hospital, London, UK

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Prizes and awards:

Tatler magazine – listed as one of the UK’s top private doctors – 2006

The London Paper – listed as one of London’s wellness gurus – 2006

Tatler magazine – listed as one of the UK’s top private doctors – 2005

UK Health Journalist of the Year 1998

Leopold Hudson prize in Surgery UCL Medical School 1990

University of London merit award in Surgery 1990

UCL Medical School prize for contributions to extra-curricular activities 1990


A Great Day at the Office simple strategies to maximize your energy and get more done more easily (4th Estate – 2014)

Escape the Diet Trap – lose weight without calorie counting, extensive exercise or hunger (4th Estate – 2012)

Waist Disposal – the ultimate fat loss manual for men (Hay House – 2010)

The True You Diet – the revolutionary diet programme that identifies your unique body chemistry and reveals the foods that are right for YOU (Hay House – 2007)

New Medicine – How to integrate complementary and conventional medicine for the safest and most effective treatment (contributor of nutrition section) (Dorling Kindersley – 2005)

Natural Health for Kids – How to give your child the very best start in life (Penguin – 2005)

Ultimate Health – 12 Keys to Abundant Health and Happiness (Penguin – June 2002)

BodyWise – 10 Steps to Permanent Weight loss and Well-Being (Cico Books – 2000)

Better Health through Natural Remedies (Marshall – 1999)

Food for Health (Marshall – 1998)

What’s the Alternative? (contributor) (Boxtree – 1996)

Total Living – A Complete Guide to Fitness and Well Being (contributor) (Pavilion – 1995)

Print Journalism:

Publications to which Dr Briffa has contributed include: Observer magazine, Observer Food Monthly magazine, Daily Mail, The Times, You magazine, Real, Healthy, Let’s Live, Health Issues, Men’s Health, Options, Healthy Eating magazine, Reader’s Digest, The Telegraph, The Sun, Holland and Barrett magazine, High Flyer, Pretoria News, Longevity Magazine (SA), Sunday Times (SA), Daily News (SA), Motivation of Champions (SA), The Star (SA), Pietermaritzburg Sun (SA), Die Beeld (SA), Odyssey Magazine (SA), Renaissance Magazine (SA), Shape Magazine (SA), Health and Sport Plus, City to Cities, High Flyer, Tennis World, The International Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, World of Travel, Nutrition Update, Living Well Magazine, Golf World, BioMed publications, Natural Product News, Green Farm Natural Health, Sunday Telegraph (Aus).

Broadcasting Experience:

Radio broadcast contributions on a diverse range of subjects relating to diet and health include: The Today show (BBC Radio 4), You and Yours (Radio 4), The Food Programme (Radio 4) Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio 4), Radio 5 Live, LBC (Michael Van Straten Show), BBC Scotland, BBC Wales, BBC West Midlands, BBC Lancashire, BBC Jersey, BBC Forces Radio, BBC Newcastle, BBC Cornwall, BBC Lincolnshire, Plymouth Sound, Swansea Sound, Lincs FM, Gemini, BBC Hereford and Worcester, BBC Derby, BBC Nottingham, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, BBC Leicester, BBC Stoke, BBC Shropshire, BBC Greater Manchester Radio, Severn Sound, BBC Radio Cumbria, Plymouth AM, BBC Bristol, Moray Firth Radio, BBC Gloucester, BBC Thames Valley, Century 106FM, Alpha Radio, Quay West Radio, BBC Jersey and Guernsey, BBC Cleveland, Kestrel FM, BBC Essex, BBC Suffolk, BBC Norfolk, GWR FM, Wiltshire Sound, BBC Greater Manchester Radio, Dream 100 FM, The Wave, BBC Cambridgeshire, Vibe 101, Phoenix Radio, BBC Radio Orkney, BBC Radio Cumbria, South West Sound, Fresh AM, BBC Three Counties.

Television appearances:

These include: ITN News channel (former regular contributor), Channel 4 News (several appearances), ITV News (several appearances), Channel 5 news (several appearances), BBC Good Food Live, Full-On Food (BBC1), Can’t Stop (BBC3), Children’s Health (Discovery Channel), GMTV – Lorraine Live (BBC1), This Morning (ITV), GMTV – Liz Earle (BBC1), The Locker (ITV2), Face Value (BBC1), ABC News (USA), Granada (Live Time), Special K Collection (Sky), Espresso (Channel 5) , European Business News (Sky), Second Opinion (Sky)