Key Researcher

Ms Irene Deftereos

Clinical Research Fellow and PhD Student

Irene Deftereos is a Clinical Research Fellow based at Western Health. Following the completion of the Bachelor Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2009, Irene completed the Honours Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2010. Irene has practised as a Clinical Dietitian since 2010, starting her career at Monash Health. Irene has worked at Western Health since 2013 in both the surgical and ICU settings, and was appointed as a senior clinician in 2017.

Irene’s research interests lie with investigation of nutritional and functional status of patients undergoing surgery for gastrointestinal cancers and how this impacts on surgical and quality of life outcomes. In 2017 Irene received a multi-site research grant from Western Central Melbourne Integrated Cancer Services (WCMICS), and is currently leading the research project investigating outpatient support pathways for nutritional intervention for patients with Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers, in partnership with St Vincent’s Hospital and Melbourne Health.

This year Irene has commenced her PhD titled ‘The investigation of nutritional factors and intervention in patients with Gastrointestinal Cancers.’ She aims to investigate various methods to optimise the nutritional status of surgical oncology patients pre and post operatively, and investigate impacts on patient outcomes.

Irene also has a keen interest for education and teaching, having supervised Masters and Undergraduate dietetics students for many years. Irene completed a Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education through Monash University in 2015, and looks forward to contributing to the educational programs within the Department.