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Medical Nutrition Therapy for the Bariatric Patient

Sullivan, Catherine S. MPH, RD, LDN, IBCLC; Logan, Jenalyn MS, RD, LDN, PA-C; Kolasa, Kathryn M. PhD, RD, LDN

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Gastric bypass surgery is on the increase. There are no nationally recognized pregastric or postgastric bypass protocols for nutrition assessment and therapy. Clinical experience rather than evidence guides most nutrition recommendations. The role of nutrition professionals in surgical weight loss programs is yet to be defined and is poorly reimbursed. Outcome studies, including nutrition and eating behavior data related to the variuos operations, are needed

An expert group reports on the nutritional support needed for tummy tucks, bypasses and the like

Catherine Sullivan, MPH, RD, LDN, IBCLC, provides medical nutrition therapy pre and post gastric bypass to patients in eastern North Carolina. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

Jenalyn Logan, MS, RD, LDN, PA-C, was a hospital dietitian before completing her physician assistant training. She served as a certified physician assistant on the Bariatric Surgical Team and now is on the Plastic and Reconstruction Service in the Department of Surgery, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

Kathryn Kolasa, PhD, RD, LDN, with more than 30 years of experience in applied and clinical nutrition, is Professor of Family Medicine and of Pediatrics, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. She serves as the nutritionist on the LABS team at Brody School of Medicine.

Corresponding author: Kathryn M. Kolasa, PhD, RD, LDN, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27834 (e-mail: kolasaka@ecu.edu).

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.