Food and Nutrition Leadership and Staff
Mila M. Henn is Vice President, Support Services, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. In this role, she is responsible for Food Services and Clinical Nutrition, Environmental Services, Patient Escort, Laundry and Linen Services, and Mail Services at NYP/Weill Cornell, NYP/Lower Manhattan, and NYP/Westchester. Ms. Henn joined NewYork-Presbyterian in 2016, bringing over 20 years of experience in operations, process improvement, and organizational re-engineering to her role. Prior to joining NewYork-Presbyterian, she served as the Executive Director for Patient Support Service and Global Patient Services at the Cleveland Clinic, providing operational leadership and strategic direction for all non-clinical support services on the main campus and for eight regional hospitals. This included developing strategies for enhancing services, as well as increasing performance and patient satisfaction scores. Earlier in her career, Ms. Henn worked at Honeywell International, the Manitowoc Company, and Energizer Battery Manufacturing in various operations management and support capacities. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration from Pace University. Ms. Henn is a LEAN Expert and is Six Sigma Green Belt certified, and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Kurt Strauss is Vice President, Support Services for NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia. In this role, he is responsible for managing the Departments of Food and Nutrition, Environmental Services, Mail Services, Patient Transport, Laundry and Morgue Services for NYP/Milstein, NYP/Allen, NYP/Morgan Stanley Children's and Sloane Hospital for Women. Mr. Strauss joined NewYork-Presbyterian in 2015. He previously served as Managing Director at LW Hospitality Advisors and in senior leadership positions with Magna Hospitality, Intercontinental Hotel Group, and Abercrombie & Kent Destination Clubs. He began his career at the Walt Disney Company, ultimately becoming the Manager, Guest Service Operations for Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort. Mr. Strauss earned a Bachelor's in Business/Hospitality Management and an Associate's in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Johnson & Wales University. He is currently earning a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Administration from Ashford University.
Louise Merriman completed a BS in Human Nutrition at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Dietetic Internship and Nutrition Fellowship in Endocrinology at St. Mary's Hospital and The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN and MS in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Louise currently serves as Director of Clinical Nutrition at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Prior to this, she held clinical and administrative positions at Geisinger Medical Center, University of Michigan Hospitals and with Hospital Dietary Services, Inc. A passionate advocate for the profession of dietetics and care of patients, Louise has worked on interdisciplinary programs for early identification, documentation and treatment of malnourished patients since the 1980's. In 2006, her clinical nutrition team at NewYork-Presbyterian was awarded the American Dietetic Association's Clinical Nutrition Practice Team Award for Malnutrition Identification and Documentation. From 2009-2011, she served on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Malnutrition Workgroup and subsequently served as a member of the Academy's Adult Malnutrition Education and Outreach Workgroup. In 2014, Louise was one of four recipients conferred the Abbott Nutrition Alliance Award for significant contribution to improve awareness of malnutrition as well as action to address the issue. Last year Louise was invited to participate on the NYSAND Task force to address the CMS ruling on RD order writing.
Coleen Liscano is the Administrator of the Dietetic Internship Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital where she is responsible for overseeing the Dietetic Internship and Nutrition Fellowship Programs. Her role also includes managing the Professional Staff Competency Assessment and In-service Training Program at NYP/Weill Cornell. Coleen is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and has held leadership roles in the district, state, and national levels. She is currently a CDR Commissioner with AND. Coleen received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and her Master of Science in Kinesiology - Sports Nutrition from Loma Linda University and California Polytechnic University, Pomona respectively.
Kristen Mathieson is a Senior Dietitian at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in the area of Finance and Operations. She completed the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at UCONN in 2011 and then went on to receive a Masters in Business Administration from Montclair State University in 2013. In her free time, Kristen enjoys yoga, hiking, and traveling.
Gena Seraita has been working at New York Presbyterian since January 2013 and primarily covers the units 2 River West (Surgery) and 1 River West/3 River West (Maternity) and the Neonatal ICU at the Allen Hospital. Gena received her Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics from the University of Delaware where she also completed her Dietetic Internship. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. Her interests outside Clinical Nutrition include cooking and recipe development, fitness, social media, and public health.
Staff at NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital
Kathleen Szymona has been working in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics for the last decade and a half. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from James Madison University, and her Dietetic Internship program and Master's in Public Health from Rutgers University (formerly known as University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). Her career so far includes opportunities in inpatient and outpatient clinical nutrition, bariatric nutrition, and clinical nutrition management. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and serves on the state level as a Nominating officer of the NJ Dietetics Association, having previously served as a Region co-chair to plan educational activities. Katie is a member of the Greater New Jersey Society of Healthcare Food Service Administrators and is ServSafe certified. Lastly, Katie is the co-author of a manuscript entitled "An Instrument to Assess Health-Related Advertising on College Campuses," which she presented as part of the poster session at FNCE 2010.
Matthew Swader is originally from Minnesota. He received a BS in Nutrition from Hunter College and completed his dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Since then, Matt has been working at Allen hospital and covers the Behavioral health and the Medicine unit.
Curtis Fulton started out working in the IT field receiving a MS in Computer Science and worked as a consultant. After working in IT, he decided to go back to school, receiving a BS in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson and Wales University. Curtis completed his dietetic internship here at New York Presbyterian and worked as a Culinary Nutrition Fellow. Currently, he works as a staff relief dietitian at the Allen.
Robert Grischuk worked as Food Service Director in long-term care facilities prior to returning to school to study nutrition and dietetics. He Graduated from University of New Haven (UNH) with BS in Nutrition and Dietetics, graduated from NYP Dietetic Internship Program in 2009 and is scheduled for summer 2015 graduation from UNH with MS in Human Nutrition. Specialty certifications in Nutrition Support and Renal Nutrition, with plans to sit for Advanced Practice RD credential examination. Interests: traveling, cooking, renal disease pathophysiology.
Rafaela Lopez is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist, and has been working in clinical practice for over 20 years at New York Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital. Rafaela completed dual Master/Bachelor of Sciences and Dietetic Practice at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Currently she is responsible for the nutritional care of Geriatric Medicine Patients.
Debra Katz-Feigenbaum manages all aspects of ambulatory care nutrition for the NY Presbyterian Ambulatory Care Network at Weill Cornell. She successfully builds high performance people teams and motivates to integrate the clinical, administrative and business perspectives for the good of each patient. Debra received a BS (Hons) in Physiology and Medical Biochemistry from the University of Cape Town. She did research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine before entering the field of clinical nutrition. As a Registered Dietitian, with a MPH from Columbia University, she has extensive healthcare leadership experience successfully working with Registered Dietitians and other providers at all levels of integrated networks. Before coming to NYP, Debra was able to streamline processes, enhance efficiencies, increase patient satisfaction and improve clinical outcomes at Montefiore Medical Center, as the Director of Clinical Nutrition; Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, as the Director of Food and Nutrition Services and at AMC Health as the VP of Account Management. Debra uses a 'win-win' approach to develop and foster relationships with other providers in order to promote clinical nutrition as a key and pivotal part of all inter-professional disciplinary care processes. She was the recipient of NY Presbyterian Ambulatory Care Network Leadership Award at Weill Cornell in 2013.
Lauren Serkes is a Clinical Nutritionist in the Ambulatory Care Network. She works with prenatal, pediatric and adult patients. Lauren has a B.S. in Dietetics from University of Maryland-College Park and completed her Dietetic Internship at the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center and M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from New York University in 2009. Lauren obtained a board certification in gerontological nutrition while working in long-term care, but is currently very interested in maternal and infant nutrition. In her free time, Lauren enjoys running, biking, reading and enjoying NYC's vast restaurant scene.
Nancy Addison is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition. In her current position as a Clinical Nutritionist at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Nancy provides outpatient nutrition counseling in the areas of weight management, diabetes, gerontology, pre-natal care, pediatric nutrition, hypercholesterolemia, and more. Nancy graduated from Hunter College with a bachelors degree in Nutrition and Food Science and a masters degree in Public Health.
Jessica DeShazo is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian as well as a Certified Diabetes Educator that has spent the past three years working for the Ambulatory Care Network at Columbia. Jessica graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor degree in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise. Upon completion of her dietetic internship in Baton Rouge Louisiana, she began working as a clinical dietitian in Washington D.C. and received her Masters of Science in Nutrition with a focus in Community Nutrition from Louisiana Tech University. Jessica provides medical nutrition therapy in a general practice for both adults and children covering a multitude of medical diagnoses and health related issues. These include but are not limited to, weight management, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obstetrics, food allergies and intolerances, renal disease, GI disorders and oncology. She works to incorporate balance and moderation into her nutrition therapy to help the patient succeed. In her spare time Jessica is an avid cyclist and also loves international travel.
Jennifer Fishman is a Clinical Nutritionist. She joined NewYork-Presbyterian in 2013 and specializes in pediatric medicine and critical care. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University and a Master of Science in clinical nutrition from Hunter College.
Deborah Gerszberg received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University in 2007. After completing her dietetic internship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in 2008, Deb spent a year working at Valley Hospital before joining the New York Presbyterian team of inpatient dietitians. Since 2012, Deb has been working as a digestive disease outpatient dietitian at the Columbia campus. Her interests include pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, motility disorders, bacterial overgrowth, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Deb is an active blogger for Columbia Surgery and co-authored a review article on nutrition management for pancreatic surgery in Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition in 2015.
Meredith Liss is a senior level dietitian for the Center for Special Studies, the adult HIV/AIDS program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is an integral part of a dynamic healthcare team comprised of physicians, nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, dentists and spiritual counselors. Specializing in the nutrition treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS, Meredith has had the opportunity to be challenged with a wide range of nutrition-related concerns. Energized by working with strong individuals living well with a chronic disease, and responding to the rising rates of Type 2 Diabetes in the HIV/AIDS population, Meredith became a certified diabetes educator. Meredith received a Bachelor's degree in nutrition from Penn State University and completed her dietetic internship at The New York Hospital. Recognizing the vital relationship between nutrition and exercise, she received a Master's Degree in Applied Physiology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Meredith has participated in various nutrition-related research projects and has presented original research at several international conferences. She has published articles in scientific journals, newsletters and various health-related websites.
Holly LoRusso is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator for the Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates (WCIMA), Irving Sherwood Wright Center on Aging and Ambulatory Care Network Adult Endocrine practice where she provides nutrition counseling and education to help patients meet their nutritional and health goals. Holly completed her Bachelor's degree in nutrition at the University of Connecticut and Master's in Clinical Nutrition at Boston University. During her Dietetic Internship she completed rotations at Boston Medical Center and the Joslin Diabetes Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital before she joined the Cambridge Eating Disorders Center and served as the lead Dietitian. After moving to New York, Holly worked at the White Plains Hospital Diabetes Education and Treatment Center and as a consultant in private practice for patients with eating disorders. Holly provides nutrition counseling in both individual and group sessions to help address nutrition issues associated with weight management, diabetes, eating disorders and healthy lifestyle eating habits. She is a key member of the inter-professional patient centered medical home and diabetes support teams.
Mary Montgomery is a Registered Dietitian for the NYP Pediatric Neurology Epilepsy, General Pediatric and Health for Life practices. Mary has extensive training and experience managing medical nutrition therapy for Adult and Pediatric Epilepsy Dietary Treatment Programs. She is the co-author of The Ketogenic Diet-Induced Weight Gain with Decreased Energy Consumption (ICAN February 2013) and Enteral and Parenteral Applications of Ketogenic Diet Therapy (ICAN October 2011). At NYP Mary provides medical nutrition therapy and counseling to patients in the General Pediatric Health Practice to children who may be failing to thrive, have abnormal weight gain or are eating disordered. She works with overweight and obese children in the interdisciplinary Health For Life Program working closely with the team in both group and individual settings. In addition to her work in Pediatrics, Mary is collaborating with physicians in the Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program to help patients incorporate a healthy diet and focus on nutrition. Mary completed her Bachelor's degree in nutrition at The University of Alabama and then went on to complete a Master's in Public Health Nutrition at The University of Tennessee. Mary's primary goal is to work closely with families to develop effective dietary therapies customized to the needs of each patient.
Emily Moore is a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator. For the last 6 years she has been a Clinical Nutritionist in the Outpatient Oncology Service at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Currently, she primarily focuses on patients who are actively receiving radiation in the Department of Radiation Oncology. Her role includes helping patients and their caregivers cope with the possible side effects of treatment and teaching them how to best alleviate nutrition related symptoms. She aims to make patients' quality of life better by discussing what meals to prepare, how to simplify the meal preparation, and food safety. Her ability to speak English and Spanish is a great asset at this institution, which serves a large Spanish-speaking population.
Shayne Robinson is the Oncology Dietitian in the infusion center and radiation oncology practices of New York Presbyterian's Ambulatory Care Network. Shayne Robinson is a registered dietitian, board certified in oncology nutrition, whom has dedicated her career to educating both the public and health professionals on nutrition through a variety of approaches. She received her bachelors' degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and completed her internship through the New York Institute of Technology. Shayne has worked as an oncology dietitian for 15 years at The Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Saint Vincent's Comprehensive Cancer Center and Albany Medical Center. Shayne has been active in the community of dietitians; serving on the board of the Greater New York Dietetic Association, and as a state representative for the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. Shayne has presented multiple lectures to health care professionals and patients on numerous subjects relating to cancer. She has served on the advisory board for a pharmaceutical company, the Standard of Practice Committee for the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group and has published articles on macrobiotic diets in the treatment of cancer, glutamine supplements in cancer treatment symptoms, head and neck cancer and living with and eating to fight cancer. In addition to her work at New York Presbyterian, Shayne will continue providing supervision on a clinical trial involving prostate cancer patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Shayne is a yogi and completed yoga teacher training in 2005; she enjoys skiing, cooking, running and gardening.
Lisa Ronco began her journey into the world of nutrition after 10 years in the garment industry. Knowing she wanted to help people, she volunteered for many years with those living with HIV and found her calling to work with this population. After completing graduate school at New York University, Lisa became a registered dietitian and strengthened her clinical skills in nutrition and nutrition support two NYC hospitals. For the past 10 years, Lisa has had the privilege of working with HIV population. Lisa believes in a Holistic approach to well-being and looks at the person as a whole leading her to study Ayurveda Nutrition and obtain a certification from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) as a Holistic Health Counselor (CHHC). Her practice philosophy combines the varying worlds of wellness by integrating traditional Western philosophies with the more modern eastern philosophies on nutrition and wellbeing. Using each of these tools and her exercise background, Lisa assists her patient to achieve optimal health and wellness.
Allison Salvitti-Nelson is completing her Master's Degree in Public Health Nutrition from Hunter College in the spring of 2015. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University and completed her Dietetic Internship with Aramark in Philadelphia. Allison has been a Registered Dietitian with NYP for four and half years. She has transitioned from a position with adults at the Milstein Hospital to pediatrics at CHONY. One and half years ago she transitioned to an outpatient position at the Audubon Practice where she works closely with pediatric and prenatal patients. She has a passion for pediatric nutrition, in particular weight management. She also enjoys helping moms-to-be in choosing foods for a healthy pregnancy.
Georgia Savva is a registered dietitian with the Center for Advanced Digestive Care, dedicated to pediatric GI patients. Georgia received her Bachelor of Science in psychology at George Washington University before combining her passion for people and interest in food to earn a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at New York University. After completing the NewYork-Presbyterian Dietetic Internship and Fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition at NYP's Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, she stayed on there, building clinical expertise for multiple years before joining the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health at NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Sabrina Toledano graduated from Syracuse University in 2009 and completed her dietetic internship through NewYork-Presbyterian in 2010. Sabrina has worked at Columbia NewYork-Presbyterian since 2010 and specializes in surgical oncology. She is a board certified specialist in oncology nutrition and currently in graduate school working towards a masters degree in clinical nutrition. Sabrina won RD of the year in 2014.
Lynn Tomilowicz has been working in the field as a registered dietitian for over 17 years. She has been employed in a variety of settings, including community, outpatient clinical, long-term care, acute rehab, sub-acute rehab, fitness, and wellness. Ms. Tomilowicz has participated in a variety of media opportunities, including an interview with Channel 7's Dr. Jay Adlersberg, "Which is better, butter or margarine?" She upholds the professional philosophy that nutrition care is at the heart of good health for all populations.
Jaimie Uva started her nutrition career part time at New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center. As a Registered Dietitian she collaborated with health care professionals to assess and counsel hospitalized patients with a variety of medical needs. At the same time she was working at the Rockefeller University Hospital in nutrition research studies in addition to helping to monitor patient satisfaction and quality assurance. For the past 11 years, Jaimie has been working at the Chelsea outpatient practice for the New York Presbyterian Hospital Center for Special Studies. Jaimie collaborates in a multi-disciplinary team to assess and nutritionally counsel patients living with HIV and AIDS. Jaimie is a member of the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Practice and Food and Culinary Professionals Practice Groups of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has worked in collaboration with both personal trainers and chefs to promote meal planning for active lifestyles and gluten free diets. Jaimie's nutrition, exercise and food savvy charm motivate her patients with each interaction. She sets an example by the way she lives her own life. Active by nature and compelled by results she makes healthy eating and exercise a priority.
Alexandra Weinstein is a Registered Dietitian specifically devoted to medical nutrition therapy in the Center for Advanced Digestive Care. After graduating from New York University Alex went on to complete her Dietetic Internship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Prior to joining NYP, Alex provided medical nutrition therapy for Liver and Kidney Transplant, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Hepatobiliary Medicine and General Surgery patients at NYU Medical Center. Alex provides medical nutrition therapy in both individual visits and group counseling sessions to help address nutritional issues associated with acute and chronic gastrointestinal diseases, side effects of cancer treatments and weight management, wound healing, digestive challenges and anatomical changes associated with surgery. Alex utilizes a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach working closely with GI medical and surgical physicians, social workers and case management. Alex is an advocate and proponent of nutrition intervention for IBS and Celiac Disease patients.
Staff at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
Soon Y. Juhng is a Registered Dietitian, and Certified Dietitian - Nutritionist of New York State. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Ewha University in Seoul, Korea and a Master of Science in Nutrition from Hunter College in New York in 1978. Prior to joining NYP/Columbia in 1990 as a Clinical Nutrition Coordinator, she was a Chief Clinical Dietitian for three and half years at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York City. As a Clinical Nutrition Manager at NYP/CU, Soon is mainly responsible for Quality and Staff orientation/training for Columbia and the Transplant Nutrition service.
Kim Valenza is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian Nutritionist, and Certified Diabetes Educator. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Sciences at Pennsylvania State University, and her Master of Public Health from Hunter College. She completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to her current role, she was a Senior Dietitian at NYP/Weill Cornell with the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program.
Melissa Fraser is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist in the state of New York. She graduated from University of Delaware with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She then completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospitals and is now covering neurology and acute rehab units.
Eliza Hamburger is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist in the state of New York. She graduated from University of Vermont with a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Science. She then completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospitals and is now covering the behavioral health and infectious disease units.
Alycea Harrison works as a registered dietitian and certified dietitian nutrition who graduated with a BS in Dietetics from James Madison University and complete the Rutgers DI program in 2012. She is currently working on her masters in clinical nutrition. She is currently the primary Dietitian for several adult transplant programs. These programs include the Intestinal, Multivisceral Transplant and Ex Vivo Program, Living Liver Donor Program and the Heart Transplant program.
Jeong Ho is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician. She received a BS in Nutrition from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea and completed a combined Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition and AP4 field experience program at New York University, Beth Israel Medical Center, and Manhattan VA Medical Center. She joined Columbia Medical Center in 1993 and has provided nutritional care for various patient populations including medicine, cardiac, oncology, ICU, transplant (inpatient & outpatient), and rehab unit. Her professional interest is nutrition support for critical illness, renal disease, and Indirect Calorimetry. She is currently covering CCU , Interventional Cardiology Unit, & Indirect Calorimetry Consult.
Elissa Kelly is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at Columbia University Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate degree as well as a combined Masters Degree and Dietetic Internship Program at The State University of New York College at Oneonta. She is currently working as a staff relief dietitian primarily covering oncology patients.
Anita King received her BS from University of Rhode Island with a major in Food and Nutritional Science. She completed her dietetic internship at Harper-Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Anita started working as a Registered Dietitian at NYP in 1979 and completed her MS in Nutrition Education in 1984 at Teachers College, Columbia University. Anita is a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician and currently works in Cardiac Thoracic ICU, LVAD and Vascular services.
Brenda Klein has provided nutrition care to several patient populations over the course of 25 years with the Nutrition Department at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital but most recently has covered the Transplant program. She received my BS in Nutritional Biochemistry from Cornell University, and then completed her Dietetic Internship program at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston. Brenda enjoys providing patient education which has been enhanced by becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator.
Mollie Kurshan currently covers the behavioral health and infectious disease units. Mollie received her undergraduate degree from New York University and completed her dietetic internship through NewYork-Presbyterian Hospitals.
Jessica Lebovits graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Nutritional Sciences. She went on to complete her dietetic internship through the Northwell Health system. She is currently working as a clinical dietitian at CUMC covering medicine units.
Carolyn Leonard received her BA in Business Management from Assumption College as well as a BS in Nutrition from Long Island University and is currently working on her Master's through Northwestern University. She completed her dietetic internship and oncology/nutrition support fellowship at New York-Presbyterian. Carolyn now covers a medicine unit as well as medical ICU.
Jennifer Lindner is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at Columbia University Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate degree and dietetic internship at California Polytechnic State Universities in San Luis Obispo and Pomona, California, respectively, and has lived in New York since 2013. She is board certified in nutrition support and has a Master's degree in Dietetics. She primarily covers neurology patients.
Jennifer Maeng graduated from the New York University with Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Jennifer is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition at New York University and serves as a clinical dietitian in the medicine unit.
Elizabeth Miracle graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics and completed her dietetic internship through ARAMARK Healthcare. She is a certified nutrition support clinician (CNSC), certified as a specialist in oncology nutrition (CSO) and is currently working toward her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition. Elizabeth specializes in the care of surgical oncology patients and surgical nutrition support.
Helen Mullen received her Bachelors of Science, Dietetics at the College of Oneonta, State University of New York and completed her dietetic internship with Sodexo Metropolitan at SUNY Downstate M.C. Helen is currently pursuing a Masters in Nutritional Science at Brooklyn College and is one of the senior dietitians working primarily with cardiac patients. Helen spends her spare time running marathons, half marathons, and cycling!
Joyce Porter is a registered dietitian who graduated from Rutgers University. She completed her dietetic internship at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown in 2012. She is a certified nutrition support clinician and is currently working as staff relief in medicine.
Jennifer Ross received a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from Penn State University and completed both her dietetic internship and her Masters in Clinical Nutrition at New York University. Jennifer currently covers neurological and neurosurgical units.
Andrea Rothschild currently works with both inpatient and outpatient patients on hemodialysis. Andrea is completing her Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition at Rutgers University. She received her undergraduate education at the University of Maryland and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In her free time she enjoys traveling, running and yoga.
Barbara Rothstein has worked as a Clinical Nutritionist @ Columbia University Medical Center since 1985. She holds a BS in Zoology from Colorado State University and a MS in Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University. She completed the Coordinated Internship Master's Degree program in Nutrition at the Bronx Veteran's Administration Medical Center & New York University in 1985. She has maintained board certification as a Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) since 1991. Professional focus has been in Critical Care, Enteral Nutrition, working in Surgical ICU/Surgery and as a preceptor for Nutrition Support. She is a long standing board member of the local ASPEN chapter (NY/LISPEN) and functions as the Dietitian at Large.
Rebecca Rudel received her BA in Psychology from Tufts University and went on to attend the Coordinated Master in Public Health/Registered Dietitian program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently works with neurological and neurosurgical patients.
Monika Valcarcel received Masters Degree in Food Technology from Academy of Life Sciences in Poland and completed DPD Program at Hunter College. After graduating, she completed Dietetic Internship and Adult Nutrition Support Nutrition Fellowship at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital. Currently she is working on Master's Degree in Nutrition at Brooklyn College and is a neurology and rehab dietitian at NYP/CU.
Louisa Rasmussen has been a Registered Dietitian for almost 4 years. She earned her bachelor's degree from Clemson University in South Carolina, with a major in Food Science, a concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics, and 2 minors in biology and chemistry. After graduating, she completed her Dietetic Internship at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ. Louisa is a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician and enjoys the intricacies of enteral and parenteral nutrition. Prior to working at NYP, she worked at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and Holy Name Medical Center, both in NJ. Louisa looks forward to learning from her peers and growing her career at NYP.
Isabelle Chu graduated from New York University with a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Isabelle completed her dietetic internship and nutrition fellowship at NewYork -Presbyterian Hospital before becoming a Clinical Dietitian at its Lower Manhattan location. In her free time, Isabelle enjoys going to concerts and discovering new restaurants with delicious food.
Vivien Hui received her undergraduate education at North Dakota State University in Food and Nutrition, Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Vivien has great compassion and enthusiasm in Diabetes Education. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator as well as a Certified Professional Coder. Vivien enjoys spending her free time travelling, cooking and playing piano.
Claire earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science from Hunter College and went on to complete Dietetic Internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Following Internship continued working in Clinical Nutrition in NYC and New Orleans. Upon returning to NYC joined the NewYork-Presbyterian team as a Senior Clinical Nutritionist. Clairissa is a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician covering Adult ICU and Neonatal ICU at LMH.
Wing Li obtained her Bachelor degree in Nutrition and Food Science at Hunter College in 2011. In 2012, Wing finished her dietetic internship at Hunter College and passed her Registered Dietitian Exam in the same year. Wing has been working as a Clinical Dietitian at New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital since 2013. During her free time, Wing likes to explore food from different cultures. She also enjoys travelling and painting.
Colleen McConnell received her bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. After pursuing a career in technology consulting, she switched careers and received a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. Colleen completed her dietetic internship at the Bronx VA Medical Center before becoming a clinical dietitian at NYP Lower Manhattan Hospital.
Shira Sussi received her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics from New York University. She completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2015. She covers a Medical/Surgery unit at NYP/LMH and has special interests in pediatric nutrition, obstetrics, diabetes and gastrointestinal diseases.
NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Susan Fulton is the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. She has been a registered dietitian for 36 years. Before joining NYP Susan gained experience in a variety of different health care settings. These have included acute care, long term care, community organizations and ambulatory care networks. She has practiced as a specialist in renal nutrition, diabetes, genetics and pediatrics. She was a Diabetes Educator for Herman Hospital / University of Texas School of Medicine Ambulatory Care System as well as a CDE for South Nassau Diabetes and Education Center in Oceanside, New York. Susan has held the position of Food and Nutrition Director and Support Services Director for SSM Health Care Systems. She was the Director for Health Promotions / Weight Management Center, a joint venture between Norman Regional Hospital and Ross Laboratories, and was selected as the Outstanding Director nationwide in 1991. She served as former president and board member of the Oklahoma City Dietetics Association. Susan received a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from the University of Oklahoma and completed her Dietetic Internship at IUPUI - Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis.
Melissa Barnet is a Senior Dietitian at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. She joined NewYork-Presbyterian in 2011 and specializes in pediatric medicine and critical care. Melissa earned her bachelor of science degree in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise from Virginia Tech and a master of science in clinical nutrition from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Meredith "Lendy" Black graduated from the Dietetic Internship here at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and continued on as a Nutrition Fellow in the specialty of Pediatrics. Finding her niche in pediatrics, she decided to end her Fellowship early to become a Clinical Nutritionist at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Lendy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Clemson University.
Susan Brodlie is a clinical nutrition support RD working with the Division of Pediatric GI, Hepatology and Nutrition, as well as with the patients of the Pediatric Liver and Intestinal Transplant Programs at MSCHONY. She works primarily with children with short gut syndrome, as well as those who need, or have had, transplants. She has many years of experience working in pediatric nutrition and has a wide array of knowledge. She is an educational resource for her fellow RDs, as well as MDs, RNs and other ancillary hospital staff.
Alexis Fissinger is a Registered Dietitian who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Montclair State University and is completing her Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition at NYU. She completed both her Dietetic Internship and a specialized Nutrition Fellowship in Pediatrics and Obstetrics here at NewYork-Presbyterian. She currently specializes in Pediatric Clinical Nutrition.
Alicia Friedman is an experienced Dietitian at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. She joined NewYork-Presbyterian in 2001 and specializes in pediatric medicine. Alicia earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from New York Institute of Technology.
Christine Haro is a nutrition support specialist at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian. She joined the team at MSCHONY in 2013 and currently specializes in cardiac and gastroenterology nutrition. Christine completed her Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and her combined dietetic internship and Master's degree in Allied Health at Barnes College of Nursing at Washington University of St. Louis.
Rachel Hochstadt has been working in pediatrics for over two years. Rachel completed her undergraduate studying Nutrition at Penn State University; and worked in the NICU/PICU at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center prior coming to NYP.
Natalie Khoo is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She moved on to complete her Dietetic Internship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. She currently specializes in Pediatric Clinical Nutrition and has experience in areas such as gastroenterology, ketogenic diet and intestinal rehabilitation.
Ilona Martin earned a BA in Psychology at Kenyon College and MA in Counseling at NYU. She began her career as a counselor in the New York City public school system. She then returned to school for an MS in Nutrition at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, completed her Dietetic Internship here at NewYork-Presbyterian, and returned to working with kids, this time as a pediatric dietitian.
Elizabeth Ranish is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Food Studies from New York University. She completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and has since worked with patients ranging from the neonatal ICU to geriatrics. She currently specializes in pediatric gastroenterology/parenteral nutrition and promoting wellness in the community.
Danielle Starkman is a Registered Dietitian who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Dietetics from Syracuse University. She then earned her Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition from NYU, and completed her Dietetic Internship at NewYork-Presbyterian. She currently specializes in Pediatric Clinical Nutrition.
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Stephanie Shea is Clinical Nutrition Manager for the Burn Nutrition Support Service. She received her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University and then went on to complete her Dietetic Internship through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2006. Stephanie is board certified in nutrition support and, when not calculating tube feeding regimens, enjoys jogging, rock climbing, and listening to music.
Jenefer Cervantes has been a practicing Registered Dietitian since 2004. She started her career in Clinical Nutrition, specializing in enteral and parenteral nutrition regimens for critically ill patient populations and obtained her specialty certification as a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) which she maintains. Jenna expanded her leadership role here at NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center through involvement with hospital wide initiatives, operational improvements, and as a mentor for the Clinical Nutrition team. She now serves as the Supervisor of Clinical Nutrition.
Molly Cleary did her undergraduate work in the midwest at Indiana University before moving to the east coast to complete her Dietetic Internship. She completed the internship at Mass General Hospital in Boston, where she worked as a clinical dietitian until moving to NYC in spring 2016. Molly has her MS from Framingham State University in Massachusetts. At the Allen Hospital, Molly covers the spine unit, med-surg, OB, and the neonatal ICU in addition to serving as a member on various cross-campus committees and initiatives.
Brenda Abdulahad completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Nutrition Sciences from Brooklyn College, where she also serves as the Biochemistry tutor for undergraduate students. Brenda matched at the NewYork-Presbyterian Dietetic Internship, in which she graduated from in August 2014, and then continued her educational experience at NYP/Weill Cornell as the Adult/Pediatric Oncology Nutrition Fellow. She currently serves as the Oncology Dietitian at Weill Cornell with her main interest in patients undergoing bone marrow transplants. Brenda enjoys exercising, and warm weather, but most importantly, avocados! Brenda says, "there is nothing more rewarding when you realize how far you have traveled, and how passionate you have become to make a difference in someone's life each day."
Sarah Adler earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at New York University. Following graduation, Sarah completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and was then selected for a fellowship in Adult Nutrition Support. Sarah firmly believes that all foods are a part of a healthy diet when consumed in moderation and is an equal lover of Kale and popcorn!
Alexa Bickhart earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Syracuse University (go Orange!). After graduating from college, Alexa completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and was then selected to complete a fellowship specializing in Endocrinology at NYP/Weill Cornell. Alexa ended her fellowship early to accept a position as a Clinical Dietitian covering the Oncology Service. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, exercising, and staying up-to-date on her favorite TV shows.
Ryan Burslem graduated from the University of Rochester with degrees in Economics and Mathematics before returning to Rutgers University to complete a DPD program in Dietetics. From there, he completed his dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and afterwards completed a fellowship in Adult Nutrition Support at Columbia University Medical Center. Ryan is Board Certified in Nutrition Support.
Rachel Chambers received her Bachelor of Science from Duke University and her Masters in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She completed her dietetic internship and was selected as a Nutrition Fellow specializing in Oncology and Nutrition Support at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Rachel has now joined the faculty as a staff relief dietitian at the Weill Cornell campus.
Mary Challis is a Registered Dietitian whose passion for cooking and dance led her to choose a career in nutrition. She received her Bachelor of Science from Framingham State University where she also completed her coordinated program in dietetics. She worked as the heart failure dietitian at Westchester Medical Center before joining the NYP team as a medicine staff relief dietitian. When she's not at the hospital she enjoys traveling, staying active, and rooting for Boston sports!
Rissa Landman earned her BS-MS Degree in Nutrition and Food Science at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College and spent her summers getting her hands dirty while working as an intern on small, organic farms. She then completed the Dietetic Internship program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and joined the staff in 2015. When she is not working, Rissa enjoys gardening, cooking, and exploring New York City's greenmarkets.
Misa Lee received a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology from U.C. Berkeley and a M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She completed her dietetic internship at New York University in 2011 and started working as a registered dietitian at NYP in 2012. She also earned her CNSC in 2013.
Michael received his Masters in Nutrition/Public Health from Teachers College, Columbia University. His passion for community wellness led him towards a career change after receiving an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Fordham University. He serves as a clinical dietitian in the GI Surgery and VIP Amenities units.
Lauren Olofsson covers Pediatric and Obstetric services at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She joined our team in July 2013 and is now a Senior Dietitian assisting in many of our pediatric initiatives including development of our malnutrition criteria and our Annual Advocates for Pediatric Nutrition Symposium. Lauren received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health in Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, completed her dietetic internship here at NewYork- Presbyterian Hospital, and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition at New York University. Lauren is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, certified Pilates instructor, and performs with a NYC based contemporary ballet company.
Laura Rolfe recently joined the Clinical Nutrition team as a Staff Relief dietitian after finishing her Dietetic Internship at NYP. Laura completed her undergraduate work at Franklin and Marshall College and received a Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University. Laura enjoys horseback riding, SoulCycle, cooking for her friends and family, and cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies.
Jenna Rosenfeld is Registered Dietitian with a Masters degree in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her passion for cooking and nutrition led her towards a career change after receiving her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Susanna Slukhinsky, RD received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Brooklyn College and culinary degree at the French Culinary Institute in New York City. With a lifelong interest in food, nutrition, and wellness, Susanna became a Registered Dietitian following her experience as a professional chef in top New York City restaurants and dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She serves as a clinical dietitian in the cardiac and rehabilitation unit at Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Rachel Stahl completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP), and following the internship, a Nutrition Fellowship in Digestive Diseases and Culinary Nutrition also at NYP. She earned her B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, with a concentration in Health Economics, from Colgate University, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She is currently a Master of Science candidate at New York University for Clinical Nutrition. She is the 2015 Jack Bellick Award Recipient from the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which recognizes a student member or active member (credentialed within the past 3 years) that has a consistently participated in district or state activities.
Melissa Vecchione obtained her Bachelor's degree in Finance from The College of New Jersey and worked on Wall Street before realizing that her true passion was in the field of nutrition. She received a Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Dietetics and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Science at Montclair State University before completing her Dietetic Internship at the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions Dietetic Internship Program with a concentration in Medical Nutrition Therapy in Clinical and Community. Melissa is very excited to be a part of the clinical dietitian team at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and currently works on the behavioral health, geriatrics, and cardiac units. She enjoys spending time in the city, traveling, and hiking.
Paige Whorley obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Iowa State University in 2010. After completing her Dietetic Internship in 2011 from Iowa State University with a focus on medical nutrition therapy, she began her career as an inpatient clinical dietitian at two major health systems in Greater San Diego Area covering areas of medical, surgical, critical care, and psychiatry. Paige obtained Board Certification in Nutrition Support in 2015. Currently, she is a senior dietitian at NYP/Weill Cornell covering areas of inpatient rehabilitation, medical/surgical, and outpatient liver transplant.
Catherine Zymaris is the most recent addition to the clinical nutrition team at New York Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital. She received her Master's of Science in Nutritional Science from Syracuse University and attended the Rutgers University SHRP Dietetic Internship Program. In her spare time, she likes to hike and write for food blogs.
Patricia King has been with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital since 2007, starting as a Senior Dietitian at the Weill Cornell campus, and later becoming a Manager for Clinical Nutrition covering Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, The Allen Hospital and transplant programs across sites. Now the Director of Food and Nutrition for The Westchester Division, Patricia is striving to bring best clinical practices and exceptional food services to the behavioral health population. Patricia holds a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition from Long Island University and a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from Hofstra University. She has previous experiences with North Shore University Hospital and as an Account Manager for several medical nutrition companies.
Laura Cordella received her BA in Psychology from Loyola University Maryland and went on to complete the DPD and Master of Science in Nutrition program at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. She completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, followed by a 6-month Nutrition Fellowship program specializing in Eating Disorders and Behavioral Health at NYP/Westchester Division. She is passionate about helping people improve their relationships with food and the complex connection between nutrition and mental health. Laura enjoys exercising, eating ice cream, and connecting with other people.
Kathleen Ryan has been a Clinical Dietitian for over 8 years. Her areas of specialty include Behavioral Health, Culinary Nutrition, and Oncology (Board Certified). Kathy has a passion for disease prevention education, cooking, and eating delicious food.
Junichi Sakaki received his BS in Nutrition Sciences from UConn, completed his dietetic internship at Johns Hopkins, and joined the NYP team in the summer of 2014. Jun is now managing the nutritional needs of the eating disorders and long-term stay unit at NYP/Westchester and loving the challenge. In his free time he'll take any opportunity to play soccer.
Jacqueline Spang has been employed at NYP Westchester for 26 years. She completed her dietetic internship program at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Jackie thoroughly enjoys her work as a dietitian and working for this great institution!
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