Dr John Briffa

black and white headshotDr John Briffa is a practising medical doctor, author and international speaker. He is prize-winning graduate of University College London School of Medicine, and also holds 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. His focus is on 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 including A Great Day at the Office (Harper Collins 2014), a practical guide to optimising energy and performance for business professionals. He is the director of Dr Briffa Wellness, a specialist consultancy that provides speaking and training services to organisations and business professionals around the world. 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, SSL International and Norton Rose Fulbright.


BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences – University College London – 1987

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

Medical positions:

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

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  (4th Estate – 2012)

Waist Disposal  (Hay House – 2010)

The True You Diet  (Hay House – 2007)

Natural Health for Kids  (Penguin – 2005)

Ultimate Health  (Penguin – June 2002)

BodyWise  (Cico Books – 2000)

Better Health through Natural Remedies (Marshall – 1999)

Food for Health (Marshall – 1998)

Print Journalism:

Publications 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).



Radio appearances 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:

Television appearances 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).