Obesity and Weight Management Team


Prof Steve Davies
Founding Director

Prof Davies is a Consultant Endocrinologist at the University Hospital Wales. He has an established reputation in medical education particularly online learning, having been the founder of OnExamination.com and having set up other diploma courses. He has also been involved in establishing training courses for weight management in community pharmacy. His clinical interests include hypogonadism, growth hormone deficiency and obesity. He has published over 100 peer reviewed publications and his research interests include the application of novel technologies in delivering medical education.


Dr Ruth Davis
Academic Director

After completing a nursing degree in Cardiff, Dr Davis worked in Torbay Hospital, Torquay, before moving to Southampton where she set up the diabetes nursing service. While there Dr Davis undertook diabetes research, co-founded the Wessex Diabetes Nurses group and served on the RCN Diabetes Nursing Forum. She returned to Cardiff to teach in the College of Medicine. Following a strategic review of services Dr Davis became Diabetes Care Coordinator for Bro Taf Health Authority, managing diabetes specialist nurses, establishing Local Diabetes Service Advisory Groups, advising government on policy, developing clinical guidelines, establishing the all Wales retinal screening programme and setting up a Diabetes Centre. She moved to the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales) and developed a variety of courses, teaching and researching in diabetes and managing the School of Care Sciences. Dr Davis now works freelance on a variety of projects maintaining my links with diabetes and the University.


Dr Karl New
Course Lead

Dr New is currently working for the University of South Wales and has the responsibility for overseeing Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry. His first degree is in Applied Sport Science from the University of Glamorgan and he has a teaching qualification in Physical Education from UWIC alongside a Doctorate in Exercise Physiology also from the University of Glamorgan. Dr New has a keen interest in online teaching and delivering content/assessing through the digital platform.


Prof Nadim Haboubi
Course Director & Tutor

I am a Professor of Clinical Nutrition and Obesity at the University of South Wales, am a Consultant Physician with an interest in Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Obesity at Nevill Hall Hospital and also run the only NHS Multi-disciplinary Specialist Weight Management Clinic (Level 3) in Wales. I am a PACES examiner for the Royal College of Physicians, Chairman of the National Obesity Forum Wales and am the Obesity advisor to the Welsh Government on the Obesity Pathway. I am Chairman of the Special Interest Group in Gastroenterology and Nutrition British Geriatric Society, Chairman of the Honorary Professor of Medicine, Basra Medical School, Iraq and Chairman of the Bariatric Physician’s Group Wales. I am the founder member of the British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, am an expert reviewer on NICE Guidelines on Prevention and Management of Obesity 2006 and am a National and International Fellow of Specialist Certification of Obesity Professional Education (SCOPE) 2013. I am a member of Association of Physicians for the Study of Obesity (APSO UK), Current member of the Working Group of the Royal College of Physicians London (Action on Obesity).

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