After qualifying from Edinburgh University Medical School in 2001, Rangan spent the first six years of his medical career in hospital medicine, completing his internal medicine examinations and gaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians.
However, Rangan soon realised that his passion lay in connecting with people and building relationships, so made the decision to move to General Practice. Within a few years, however, it became clear to him that he was only really helping about 20% of the patients that were coming in for help, leaving Rangan feeling confused and frustrated. Rangan began looking for solutions. He soon became aware of gaps in his medical training. For acute problems, his medical training was superb. But for the majority of problems the chronic day to day – headaches, joint pain, gut problems, indigestion, weight gain, stress, diabetes and skin problems – Rangan realised his training was lacking.
After nearly losing his son to a preventable vitamin deficiency Rangan immersed myself in nutritional science and came across new research that was not being utilised in conventional medical care. He found he was practising a type of medicine suitable for acute care but not as relevant for the new epidemic of chronic lifestyle-driven conditions. Since then, Rangan has studied Movement Science, Stress Reduction, Ancestral Health, Nutrition and Functional Medicine, and has completed a BSc Honours Degree in Immunology, proving invaluable in navigating the exciting new field of mucosal health and the gut microbiome.
Rangan currently works as an NHS GP in Oldham, looking after a deprived and socially isolated patient population. He also works privately one day per week where he sees patients for 60–90 minutes so that he can delve deeper into what is causing their problems. Finally, Rangan is perhaps best known for his work on the BBC TV series “Doctor in the House”.