Dr Safia Debar
BSc MBBS DCH DRCOG MRCGP DipOccMed MPH
Dr Safia Debar graduated from St George’s University of London with distinction in 2004. Prior to this she gained a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She completed her General Practice vocational training in 2007 having worked at Chelsea and Westminster and Charing Cross Hospitals. She completed posts in paediatrics, general medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology and emergency medicine. She gained a number of postgraduate qualifications in these fields. During her time as a trainee, she participated in the “Prepare to Lead” scheme and spent some time at the Department of Health.
She subsequently spent a year in the academic department at St George’s hospital teaching and conducting research on cardiovascular risk and bioinformatics. She was awarded one of eight National Institute for Health Research fellowship in 2009 and has undertaken a Master’s in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has published numerous research papers and presented at both national and international conferences.
Dr Debar joined the Portobello Clinic in 2010 having worked in the NHS with a range of patient populations.
She is trilingual and has also been a medical tribunal member. Her interests include paediatrics, psychiatry, women’s health and occupational medicine. She believes in a multidisciplinary whole-person approach with a recognition of the work-health interface.
Dr Debar has a keen interest in Neuroscience, neuroplasticity, stress management and resiliency training. During her sabbatical in 2017, she obtained the Harvard Benson-Henry Institute certification in stress management and resiliency training (SMART). She now runs these courses regularly to enable patients gain an understanding of the neuroscience of stress, how it affects behaviour, health choices and mindset. By adopting an integrative holistic approach to achieve true wellness, patients feel educated and empowered.
Outside medicine, she enjoys travelling, diving and learning new languages.