07 Oct 2020
Today I’m chatting with a good friend and colleague Dr. Catherine Zollman, who is Medical Director at Penny Brohn UK, a charity which in provides Integrative Support and Self-Management Education for people affected by cancer. She is also an NHS GP, an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol, and was Macmillan Clinical Cancer Lead for BNSSG Clinical Commissioning Group 2014-2019. She studied medical oncology before specialising in General Practice and completing a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine (University of Arizona).
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"Theres some really interesting research in yoga and mindfulness in managing some of the psychological consequences of cancer diagnosis - helping people to cope better.
The primary end point has been mental health outcomes, but actually when they followed people up, there does seem to be a suggestion that people who are regularly engaging with these practices are actually living longer too".
Dr Catherine Zollman
Dr. Catherine Zollman, BA Physiol (Oxon) MBBS (London) MRCP, MRCGP, Cert Med Ed (Cardiff), Fellow Integrative Medicine (Arizona) Medical Director, Penny Brohn UK, Chapel Pill Lane, Bristol BS20 0HH, UK, Dr. Catherine Zollman is Medical Director at Penny Brohn UK, a charity which in provides Integrative Support and Self-Management Education for people affected by cancer. She is also an NHS GP, an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol, and was Macmillan Clinical Cancer Lead for BNSSG Clinical Commissioning Group 2014-2019. She studied medical oncology before specialising in General Practice and completing a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine (University of Arizona). In 1999 Dr Zollman co-authored the British Medical Journal’s “ABC of Complementary Medicine” series. In 2001, with Professor Trevor Thompson, Dr Zollman created and developed University of Bristol Medical School’s pioneering and award-winning Whole Person Care Course, a compulsory unit for first year medical students which introduced them to the ideas of holistic and integrative perspectives in health and medicine. She is a Council Member of the College of Medicine, is on the Steering Committee of the British Society of Integrative Oncology, and is a Committee Member of the Clinical Practice working group for the international Society of Integrative Oncology. She was Co-organiser and Chair of the Steering Committee for College of Medicine’s Conference on Food: the Forgotten Medicine, Royal Society of Medicine in 2016 and 2018. In 2016 she was shortlisted for Outstanding Achievement in the Bristol Post Heath and Care Awards. She believes that all medical encounters are an opportunity to help people understand how building their own resilience can play a key part in managing their symptoms and improving their health. She is passionate about the connections between planetary and human health and believes that it is very hard for us to achieve optimum wellbeing if we consider ourselves as separate from nature. She keeps up her own resilience by cooking, eating and spending time with her family, cycling, walking and swimming in nature, and by playing the clarinet in orchestras and chamber groups in Bristol.
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