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ELITE Personalized Health
Meet Dr. Peña

"Dr. Peña's education, knowledge and experience are priceless when it comes to discussing my health issues." 

- Angelita M.W., Austin Texas

medical doctor and surgeon by training, Dr. Peña has a decade of clinical experience in Ireland and the United Kingdom.  He has performed well over a thousand surgical procedures and managed the health of thousands of patients on the wards, intensive care units and clinics.  He is proud to have treated each and every one of them with the same respect and compassion he has for his own family.

Dr. Peña, a published author in international peer-reviewed medical journals, reviews the latest research in the fields of health, wellness, fitness, nutrition, and disease prevention on a daily basis to continue to bring the most reliable strategies to his clients.

As a talented educator Dr. Peña has enjoyed a life-long passion of sharing his knowledge of science, health and medicine with children, teens, medical students, residents, patients and coaching clients of all ages and walks of life.  His overall rating across nearly 200 student assessments spanning over 1,000 one-on-one tutoring hours has been 5 out of 5 stars.

As an engaging speaker Dr. Peña has been honored to be invited two years in a row by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine to speak at its annual international conference featuring the foremost experts in evidence-based lifestyle medicine.  He enjoys connecting with all kinds of audiences to promote sustainable and enjoyable wellness and is available for select events.

Dr. Peña cares deeply about promoting science literacy and healthy skepticism and he expresses this in a variety of ways.  He is regularly interviewed on international radio to promote healthy lifestyle choices in Spanish-speaking communties in North America and beyond.  He also enjoys answering  health-related questions on Quora, the free online knowledge community.  His answers have been read over 1.3 million times and he was recently recognized as a "Quora Top Writer for 2016" and a "Most Viewed Writer" across five different health and medical topics.  To learn more, please visit our ELITE Newsroom.

Having lived in Mexico City, New York, Ireland, London and France, Dr. Peña is now a proud resident of weird & wonderful Austin Texas where he leads an active lifestyle with his wife, and their two young daughters under the Texas sun.


Dr. Peña's Vision


For years, Dr. Peña witnessed and managed the disastrous consequences of poor lifestyle choices made by many of his patients.  During this time he grew increasingly frustrated by the constant pressure to spend less time with each patient when he felt that providing sound lifestyle guidance could make a real difference in each patient's quality of life.

These realities eventually inspired him to make a radical career change and dedicate himself to preventing lifestyle-related diseases in the first place.  His goal became to prevent suffering, one person at a time, by applying the powers of cutting-edge science and sincere compassion in a one-on-one, personalized way.

ELITE Personalized Health is the result of this inspiration.
 

The Challenge

Throughout his surgical career Dr. Peña often pondered with frustration,
 
"With so many doctors rushing to treat so many sick people, why can't one be dedicated to guiding those who are eager to avoid becoming patients in the first place?" 

The sobering answer is that there are billions of dollars to be made from treating disease, but not so many to be made from preventing it.

In our current society we tend to delegate our well-being to chance, unproven remedies, and whatever latest fads are being peddled by marketing departments and unscrupulous practitioners everywhere.

The multi-billion-dollar 'wellness' industry is capitalizing on this problem because it isn't built on sound scientific principles, proven methods, nor accountability to its consumers.  Instead, it is mostly built on the principle of harnessing marketing hype to maximize net profits.

Consequently, we have to navigate our own trecherous path between the 'wellness' industry and the cost-prohibited health care or 'sickness' industry.
 

An Honest Solution

Dr. Peña believes that having professional, unbiased and personalized guidance on your side empowers you to make important health decisions in your life and in those of your loved ones. 

His primary aim is to harness the power of the latest scientific research and deliver it to you as practical and personalized guidance that you can understand, trust and readily apply to your life.  To accomplish this, Dr. Peña uses his love and talent for instruction to develop your skills and enable you to take intelligent and independent charge of your own health to attain lasting and profoundly enjoyable health and happiness.

Our mission is to lead you to optimize your own health naturally and effectively via a one-on-one personal interaction grounded on integrity, evidence-based strategies, and round-the-clock personal support.

Dr. Peña believes the time has come for real, personalized health.

©Photograph by Veronica Vierin
ACE-Certified Health Coach
Certification Accredited by the
National Commission for Certifying Agencies
Trained Clinical Health Coach
Precision Nutrition Certified Level 1 Coach

Dr. Victor Peña-Araujo's
Qualifications at a Glance


FORMAL EDUCATION 

B.A. (Biology)
Hamilton College, New York, U.S.A.
Senior thesis recognized by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

 
M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., L.R.C.P. & S.I.
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
The National University of Ireland
Honors in Biology, Anatomy, Toxicology & Microbiology

 


POST-GRADUATE MEDICAL TRAINING


Medical & Surgical Internship
Health Service Executive, Dublin, Ireland

Emergency Medicine Senior House Officership
James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

Basic Surgical Training Residency
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Membership to the Royal College of Surgeons
The Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland

Senior Surgical Registrarship
Health Service Executive, Dublin, Ireland

Clinical Research Fellowship in Surgery
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital,
Imperial College London campus,
National Health Service, London, U.K.

 


ACCREDITED* LIFESTYLE MEDICINE TRAINING


Harvard Medical School
Institute of Lifestyle Medicine

    Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum:
Exercise, Nutrition, Metabolic Syndrome,
Weight Management, Stress Management,
Osteoporosis.


Yale University School of Medicine
    Weight Management Counseling Program
for Healthcare Providers


American College of Preventative Medicine
(in association with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine)
Pilot Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum:
Nutrition


Clinical Health Coach
The Interstate Post-graduate Medical Association
The Iowa Chronic Care Consortium


University of California at San Francisco
Nutrition for Health Maintenance & Disease Prevention
Certificate of Completion (90.4%)


George Washington University Medical School
    Current Clinical Nutrition, Sustainable Lifestyle Changes,
Obesity, Vegetarian & Vegan Diets


Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Sleep Medicine: Circadian Rhythm Misalignment
Pediatrics: Preventing Pediatric Obesity


Boston University School of Medicine
Lifestyle Interventions for Obesity & Related Health Risks
Recent Advances in Obesity Management
Weight-Loss Medications for Obesity


Lifestyle Medicine 2016 Conference
American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Loma Linda University
Invited Speaker & Attendee


American Medical Association
    Promoting Healthy Families

Others
'Head Start' Program Helps Obese Children
(Projects In Knowledge)
Initiating & Optimizing Weight Loss in Obesity Management
(Dannemiller Medical Education)

 


SPECIALIZED NUTRITION TRAINING


A.C.E. Health Coach Certification
The American Council on Exercise
(NCCA) National Commission on Certifying Agencies-accredited


Certified Precision Nutrition Coach (Pn1)
    Professional, research-driven sport & exercise nutrition
    American College of Sports Medicine-approved
National Academy of Sports Medicine-approved
American Council on Exercise-approved


Stanford University School of Medicine
Childhood Nutrition & Cooking 2.0
Certificate with Distinction (98.8%)


Vanderbilt University
Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle: Issues and Insights
Latest scientific evidence on nutrition & sports medicine
Certificate with Distinction (99%)


The New Nordic Diet
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Department of Nutrition, Exercise & Sports
NOMA Restaurant (Rated world's best restaurant 2009-13)
Certificate with Highest Distinction (100%)

 


OTHER RELEVANT TRAINING


Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
American Heart Association
(Accredited Continuing Medical Education)

Human Factors in Medicine
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

(2-year curriculum)
 


CURRENT TRAINING

​Dr. Peña is committed to complementing his
world-class qualifications with a lifetime of learning.  
He seeks out the best and most innovative training programs
to maximize his ability to transform the lives of his clients.

Culinary Rx 
The Plantrician Project & Rouxbe Cooking School
'A Food-First Approach To Health & Wellness'
Certifying Training Program

 
A.C.E. Weight Management Specialty Certification
The American Council on Exercise
American College of Sports Medicine-Approved

Non-diet Weight Management
Weight Management Strategies
Preventing Pediatric Obesity
Weight Management for Teens
Coaching Fundamentals: Strategies for Behavior Modification
Program Design & Implementation Strategies for Weight Loss


DR. PEÑA IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE FOLLOWING PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
 

The Royal College of
​Surgeons in Ireland


The American College
of Lifestyle Medicine

 
The Lone Star Lifestyle Medicine
Think Tank
The American Council
on Exercise