Dr Barbara Ryan specialises in gut health. She is a clinical professor at Trinity College Dublin and a consultant gastroenterologist. Her mission, along with clinical dietitian Elaine McGowan, is to digest the science of gut health so that women and men can learn all they need to know for a healthier, happier gut. The gut experts want to cut through the noise; share expert, science-based information; and reduce the stigma that surrounds gut health by using the three E’s: Education, Empowerment, and Eating healthily.
Today, Barbara joins me to talk about functional dyspepsia, the lesser-known and more common sibling of irritable bowel syndrome. She explains why gut problems are so common and talks about gut-brain interaction. She shares her input on the role of non-expert influencers in the world of medicine, and she talks about the threefold goal of her mission. She explains why she thinks that medicine is a wonderfully rewarding career despite its challenges. She discusses the importance of contributing to the training of future doctors, and she shares her best tips for promoting resilience in yourself including how burnout can be a great learning opportunity to do things differently.
“If you know, fantastic. But if you don’t know, just say you don’t know, and let’s try and find out.”
– Dr. Barbara Ryan
This week on In the Doctor’s Chair
- The relationship between the gut and the brain
- Countering misinformation
- The benefits of the Mediterranean diet
- Medicine as a career
- Why challenges don’t have to be permanent setbacks
- The importance of self-compassion