Maria Brzegowy, M.Sc.

Maria Brzegowy

Maria Brzegowy, M.Sc. is a nutritionist with a specialization in clinical nutrition.

Since 2015 she has been working with oncology patients and since 2016 – obese patients treated surgically. Oncology, bariatrics and nutritional treatment are her great professional passions, to which she devotes every possible moment!

By first education Maria is a food technologist (Agricultural University, Krakow). In this direction she also decided to develop herself scientifically, starting her doctoral studies in 2014. She plans to finally defend her PhD this fall.

Expanding her nutritional knowledge, she earned a second master’s degree in 2020 – this time in Dietetics (Silesian Medical University, Katowice).

Since nutrition treatment was basically her first professional choice from the beginning, in the meantime she completed postgraduate studies at the Jagiellonian University, majoring in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care.

She continues her education by participating in many conferences, both national and international.

On a daily basis, she works at the Maria Sklodowska-Curie National Institute of Oncology, department in Krakow, where in the team of Prof. Stanisław Kelek, MD, PhD, she deals with oncology patients who are fed in a traditional way, with oral diet, but also by artificial access to the gastrointestinal tract (enteral nutrition) and by intravenous route (parenteral nutrition). She is a member of the Nutrition Team at the hospital and the Institute’s Outpatient Clinic.

Maria Brzegowy is also a lecturer (among others, congresses of POLSPEN, ESPEN, Prehabilitation, etc.) and a trainer (among others, POLSPEN Academy of Nutritional Therapy, Clinical Dietetics Training Center, training for white staff). She is also an academic teacher of Dietetics at her home university.

She has co-written the Prehabilitation Guide, where under the auspices of Prof. Tomasz Banasiewicz she has developed part of the nutritional preparation for surgical intervention.

She has also written chapters for academic textbooks and her own book – “Don’t give in to cancer! Nutritional support in cancer”.

As part of her private practice, she provides education for patients preparing for bariatric surgery (#CHLOeducation) and individuals who are trying to find their way back in the right direction a long time after this intervention (#reCHLOeducation).

In the above area, she has also been invariably working for years with the CHLO Bariatric Patients Association where she and Katarzyna Partyka, the organization’s president, try to change patients’ wrong thinking towards nutrition.

She is an advocate of seeking a balance between mental and physical health – she teaches how to properly compose your daily meals, but also how not to lose yourself in all this and how to enjoy life to the fullest.