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Aortic Balloon Pump Medical Expert Witness


Expert Witness No.1590



EDUCATION

2001   
Ph.D. Clinical Nutrition, Private University, Miami
Doctoral Dissertation: a prospective cohort study investigating stressors, mediators, and health care outcomes in a multi-ethnic sample of older head and neck cancer patients from the Miami Veterans Administration who were dependent on home enteral nutrition (tube feeding), and the tasks and preparedness of their family caregivers.

1991   
M.S. Nutrition and Dietetics, Private University, Miami
Master’s Thesis: a 6-week intervention study investigating the effects of menu change, nutrition education in the classroom setting, and a nutrition poster contest on food intake and food waste in the Broward county elementary school lunch programs of differing socioeconomic status.

1977   
B.S. Cum Laude Speech and Hearing Science, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Minor: Psychology

BOARD CERTIFICATION

2007   
Certified Bone Densitometrist, Radiology Education Seminars (RES)
1993   
Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian (CNSD), American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
1992   
Certified Food Service Manager, National Restaurant Association
1991    
Registered Dietitian (RD), American Dietetic Association
1986   
Certified Exercise and Fitness Trainer, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America

LEADERSHIP TRAINING

2013
Vanderbilt Faculty Development Workshop: Removing Barriers to Innovation
2012        
Vanderbilt Faculty Development Workshop: Teams, Resources and Relationships
2011        
Vanderbilt Faculty Development Workshop: Educational Scholarship
2010   
Vanderbilt Faculty Development Workshop: The Science of Unconscious Bias
2005       
Dannon Institute: Nutrition Leadership Institute

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS


2012-   
Research Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Department of Medicine, Private University, Nashville, TN
Primary Responsibilities:
Independent Principal Investigator with translational nutrition research program
Director, Vanderbilt Nutrition and Diet Assessment CORE
Director, VU School of Nursing Obesity Courses
Co-Director, VU School of Medicine Clinical Nutrition Courses

2003-11   
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Department of Medicine, Private University,
Nashville, TN
Primary Responsibilities:
Independent Principal Investigator with translational nutrition research program
Obtain independent research funding
Develop study protocols and IRB applications
Maintain communications and provide written progress reports to granting agencies
Manage study budgets, purchase equipment and supplies
Train and mentor research dietitians and research staff
Conduct clinical and translational research at Vanderbilt General Clinical Research Center
Statistical analyses of data
Presentation and publication of research findings
Collaboration as co-Investigator or Consultant with other scientists
Director, Vanderbilt Nutrition and Diet Assessment CORE
Co-Director, VU School of Medicine PGYII Clinical Nutrition Course
Train and supervise Registered Dietitians to conduct dietary assessment using state-of-the-science USDA methodology and NDS-R software
Annual lectures on Research Methods to Dietitians
Direct Nutrition Journal Club

2001-03    
Research Assistant Professor of Dietetics and Nutrition, National Policy and Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging, Private University, Miami, FL
Primary Responsibilities:
Conduct community based interventions based on “You Can! Steps to Healthier Aging” and “Eat Better and Move More” Administration on Aging campaigns to improve nutritional and health status of Hispanic older adult participants of Congregate and Home-Delivered meals programs
Interpret and implement new Dietary Reference Intakes for State Units on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging as applied to Congregate and
Home-Delivered meals menus and meeting nutrient needs of older adult Title IIIC participants
Convened two national Issue Panels to address interpretation and implementation on new DRIs
Wrote two Issue Panel reports that were distributed to State Units on Aging via Administration on Aging
Provide guidance to State Units on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging for interpretation of rules, regulations and guidelines as related to Title IIIC nutrition and community based services
Participate in creation of “Best Practices Toolkit” to provide written guidance to State Units on Aging
Participate in development and writing of public policy concept papers on nutrition and aging
Mentor and supervise graduate assistants

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

1999-01    Graduate Research Associate, National Policy and Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging
Primary Responsibilities:
Write interpretative guidelines for Title IIIC to be posted on “Ask the Expert” webpage
Evaluate and monitor Health Aging state projects
Provide nutrition resources to State Units on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging
Contribute to White Papers for Administration on Aging
Create and maintain database for Center projects
Mentor undergraduate students

1998-99   
Adjunct Instructor, Medical Nutrition Therapy Course & Lab
Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, Private University
Design and conduct Medical Nutrition Therapy Course and Lab for class of 63 undergraduate and graduate students
Maintain office hours for dietetics students
Grade papers and exams

1998-99   
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Food Science Course & Lab
Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, Private University
Design and conduct food science experiments for lab portion of course
Teach students food lab methods
Teach sensory and objective assessment of food quality
Set up and perform taste testing with students
    
1990-98    
Nutrition and Metabolic Support Dietitian, Private University Clinical practitioner on nutrition and metabolic support team consisting of trauma surgeons, gastroenterologists, advanced practice nurses and pharmacists
Provide direct care to trauma and critical care patients for enteral and parenteral support
Participate in daily trauma, burn and surgical intensive care rounds
Conduct nutrition focused physical exams
Conduct nutrition assessment
Assess biochemical lab values
Write orders for enteral and parenteral support
Created and directed nutrition support journal club
Write annual protocols for enteral and parenteral support in intensive care units
Conduct outcomes research with patients in trauma and surgical intensive care units 

1990-91   
Chairperson, Nutrition Subcommittee,Florida
Convened committee of 60 administrators, educators, parents, community volunteers and dietitians to evaluate and implement changes to schoo lfood service to make food offerings: a) more palatable and better accepted by students to reduce plate waste; and b) higher in fiber and
lower in fat and sodium
Provide nutrition lectures to teachers and elementary school students

1989-90    
Dietetic Internship, Plantation, Florida
One year internship with rotations in clinical nutrition practice, community dietetics, food service and food production

1980-88   
Corporate Wellness Program Director, New York
Designed, advertised and implemented corporate wellness program for company management and staff with focus on aerobics and strength training classes, smoking cessation classes, and nutrition education classes

1977-80  
Audiologist Assistant and Interpreter, Atlanta
Hired as first teacher to bring American Sign language course and methods to kindergarten and first grade classrooms of fully hearing
impaired students

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