Dr Arun Dhir – NEM Practitioner Series


In the NEM Practitioner Series Dr Shami, Integrative GP and ACNEM Vice President, speaks with medical and health specialists who are practicing nutritional and environmental medicine (NEM), to get their personal insights and learn how their approach is transforming lives. 

In this interview, Dr Shami speaks with Dr Arun Dhir, a Specialist Upper Gastro Intestinal and Bariatric Surgeon who is also a Yoga and meditation teacher about his mind, body and soul approach to health.

They cover the following in this 20 minute interview:

  • Dr Dhir’s journey into nutrition as a Surgeon after experimenting with optimising his own health
  • Mind, body and soul based approach to create lasting transformation.
  • Overcoming his own hesitation about speaking with his patients about this more holistic approach
  • How yoga is a great tool to create more awareness in the current moment
  • Is this new holistic approach creating more sustainable health outcomes?
  • Ongoing research study with La Trobe University to assess the change in the gut microbiome after gastric bypass surgery
  • The importance of medical practitioners being able to provide value-based, evidenced-based information to their patients.
  • How does Dr Dhir prevent burnout, and adapt to these turbulent times?


Dr Arun Dhir is a Specialist Upper Gastro Intestinal and Bariatric Surgeon working in the public sector, besides having a busy private practice in North Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

He is an active member of the ANZ Association of Gastro Oesophageal surgeons (ANZGOSA), ANZ Society of Metabolic and Obesity Surgery (OSSANZ) and Australian College of Nutrition and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM). He is also a Yoga and meditation teacher and along this journey, has nurtured a very keen interest in the area of mind, body and gut connection, which he incorporates in his practice.

Dr Arun has been a strong advocate for a shift in our approach to managing obesity, the principles of which are shared in his writings. He writes and posts regularly on topics related to gut health, obesity, gastrointestinal surgery, gut microbiome and healing.



Learn from Dr Dhir at our upcoming Cardiometabolic Health online learning module on 23 & 24th October, where you can discover new and exciting ways to expand your practice into the specialised area of environmental and nutritional care of cardiometabolic health, and meet other like-minded clinicians.