Dr Samantha Scholtz
Consultant Psychiatrist. MBChB MRCPsych Dip (CBT) PhD
Dr. Scholtz is a consultant psychiatrist who is specialises in the management of obesity related disorders and the preparation of patients for bariatric surgery, based at the Imperial Weight Centre, St Mary’s Hospital. She graduated from Stellenbosch University and completed her higher specialist training at St. George’s University of London. She has expertise in the management of eating disorders and obesity, and has worked within 3 different national referral centres in this field.
She is an expert at providing psychiatric assessment and support to patients undergoing bariatric surgery, having assessed and guided over 2000 patients through this process. She has trained in various psychotherapeutic approaches and uses cognitive behavioural or cognitive analytical approach in preparing patients when required.
Her PhD, funded by the Welcome Trust Charity examined appetite and food reward changes in patients who have undergone bariatric surgery using functional magnetic resonance imaging, and her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals.