Registered dietitians come to NewYork-Presbyterian to collaborate with the best: world-class colleagues, nurses, physicians, social workers, physical therapists and more. Employing the principles of evidence-based nutritional care, we identify nutrition-related challenges in highly acute and clinically diverse patient populations.
As well-respected members of the healthcare team, we actively participate in initiatives to enhance the quality of patient care. Simply put: nutrition is our patient therapy. We deliver individualized care utilizing the most state-of-the-art technologies. Our collegial, consultant-like approach fosters an environment where we never stop learning. We share ideas openly. We’re always creating programs and expanding our knowledge of nutrition to enhance patient care.
Our registered dietitians serve as integral members of the interdisciplinary team and provide exceptional patient-centered care throughout NYP. We closely collaborate with colleagues in nutrition support to provide cutting edge nutrition care. NYP dietitians often provide in-services to physicians, nurses and beyond—and even serve as guest speakers for various special events.
Our nutrition professionals collaborate with the hospital’s culinary team to promote healthful eating to patients, visitors and hospital employees. Additionally, there are many opportunities to become involved in other hospital-wide programs, such as NYPgreen, an initiative to make the hospital a more sustainable community.
What we achieve goes far beyond diet and into the realm of preventative medicine. We educate patients on how to best use nutrition as a component of their therapy. We ensure that our patients receive the best nutritional intake, from a temperature, safety, taste and aesthetic perspective. We achieve these standards by working closely with our colleagues in Patient Food Service. Understanding that some of our more acutely ill patients may be unable to receive nutrients by mouth, we also work closely with the medical directors that oversee our nutrition support services.
Education At All Levels:
Registered dietitians also serve as faculty for our Dietetic Internship Program, one of the largest and longest-standing hospital-based dietetic internship programs in the nation. Our dietitians enjoy opportunities to teach individually and in group classes. We serve as educators and mentors—leading dietetic interns in their pursuit of becoming registered dietitians. Altogether, we’ve graduated over 1,300 dietitians since 1940.
This internship program is fully integrated, with full access to our five hospital sites. For dietetic interns, this provides unparalleled learning opportunities. Our rigorous hospital standards of care match our student-training curriculums. This keeps all information evidence-based and up-to-date. The scheduling of clinical rotations at each hospital site broadens the interns' perspectives of patient care and operations.
A monthly schedule of classes and lectures, coordinated by our department, supplements the learning experiences in clinical rotations. Additionally, dietetic interns attend a variety of professional meetings, medical rounds and conferences that are scheduled within NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and New York City.
We are committed to supporting educational and professional development for all of our registered dietitians. We promote developing clinical specialty areas in addition to cross-coverage skills during weekend, holiday and staff-relief situations. Our department participates in and provides continuing education throughout the hospital system. Opportunities to learn and present are extensive, including but not limited to:
Our registered dietitians serve as the nutrition experts on patient care teams throughout the hospital, including AIDS Care, Psychiatric Nursing, Burn/Trauma, Cardiology, Cancer Care, Diabetes Care, Digestive Care, Geriatric Care, Neurology/Rehabilitation Medicine, Pediatrics/Neonatology, Renal Dialysis, Transplant Medicine and Women’s Health. And this is just to name a few areas!
Awards and Recognition
In addition to the rewarding work our registered dietitians do every day, our staff is also regularly honored with many internal hospital awards. Some recent examples include:
Louise Merriman, MS, RD, CDN, Director, Clinical Nutrition, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital received the "2014 Leadership Circle Award" from NewYork-Presbyterian in honor of her strong, resourceful leadership skills and advocacy for patients and staff. Her colleagues add "she lives the NYP Culture every day," and is a "dedicated and consummate health care professional who works tirelessly to advance care through her mentoring and leadership of an amazing group of professionals."
In the Media:
Our highly respected professionals are often sought for comment as expert sources on TV, radio and in print. In addition, one of our dietitians is a Media Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Members of our team have appeared on a variety of newscasts, including ABC 7, Fox 5, BBC World News and NY1. We’ve been quoted in countless publications, including CNN.com, Quality Health, Prevention and the New York Daily News. Additional media opportunities include written articles for news outlets and speaking engagements inside and outside the hospital.
Recently, one of our own was the featured speaker at an Ostomy Association of New York meeting and the NYP Pediatric GI grand rounds. Another dietitian was featured in a Milner-Fenwick education DVD entitled “Warfarin: what patients need to know.”
“NYP Nutrition on ABC News ”
Eyewitness News News took a walk through a local grocery store with one of our dietitians, pointing out some foods consumers tend to think as healthy items, but in actuality are not. View Story on abcnews.com
“Food for the Fight”
“Food for the Fight,” our inspiring patient education video, is a fantastic collaboration between NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the American Institute for Cancer Research. The video features interviews with notable physicians, patients undergoing treatment for cancer and many of our own registered dietitians. Through a series of interviews, the presenters share their expert advice on maintaining proper nutrition during cancer treatment and as a cancer survivor. Watch Video
Two of our dietitians have been featured on the Nutritionjobs.com blog, highlighting their accomplishments in the field of nutrition. Read more below.
Doctors initially told Danion’s mother that there was no way to save him. But his mother pushed on and came to NYP, where they agreed to accept the case. His surgeon, Dr. Mark Souweidane says, “It was one of the largest tumors I’ve ever seen.”