IRIS SCHRIJVER, MD, is a certified Lifestyle Medicine physician, author, international speaker, change catalyst and physician leader.
Her passion for healthy living, science, education, and the possibility of wellbeing for everyone sparked her latest work, 'On the Path to Health, Wellbeing, and Fulfilment: To Your Health'. This book explores the factors that support or undermine health, wellbeing, and fulfillment. It reviews what we actually know about health and wellness and reveals the influences on the use and understanding of health information. In plain language and illustrated with personal anecdotes, this book shows how new scientific breakthroughs shed light on health, causes of disease, and overall wellbeing.
Apart from Lifestyle Medicine, Iris has completed medical specialty training in Clinical Pathology and Molecular Genetics, and for many years practiced in these fields at Stanford University. During her academic career, she was a director of the Molecular Pathology laboratory at the Stanford Medical Center, which provides diagnostic testing for children and adults with inherited conditions and with cancers. Depending on the condition tested for, the testing helps to make a diagnosis, to establish the prognosis, to select the right treatment, and to monitor for recurrence of disease. She also had her own research laboratory, and directed residency as well as fellowship training programs. Iris served as president of the Association for Molecular Pathology and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of American Pathologists. She is still affiliated with Stanford University as an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pathology at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
After moving to Oregon, she served on the Board of Directors and later as medical director of Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine, because she believes that healthcare is a basic human right. This safety-net clinic serves the health needs of uninsured, low-income people by providing free and inclusive medical care through dedicated medical and community volunteers. She is currently pioneering a Lifestyle Medicine program for this clinic.
Her dedication to patients and to medical progress through science has resulted in the publication of many original research articles, book chapters, and books. Together with her husband, an astrophysicist, she wrote “Living with the stars”, a popular science book about the many fascinating connections between the human body and the Universe.
'To Your Health' and Lifestyle Medicine form the basis of her current practice, lifestyle medicine consulting, speaking engagements, teaching, and one-on-one health optimization.