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ABOUT CLINICAL NUTRITION

Clinical Nutrition, Apple pictureClinical Nutrition contributes to the overall health and quality of life of our patients. Optimal medical nutrition therapy can reduce complications, hospital stays and mortality. Appropriate nutrition therapy can also decrease the impact of many medical conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension.   

Clinical Nutrition currently has 54 Registered Dietitians (RDs) and 6 Clinical Diet Technicians who are essential to the four UHN sites. RDs provide high quality and evidence-based practice within a multidisciplinary framework.  Clinical Diet Technicians work under the supervision of RDs, assisting in the provision of optimal patient care to patients.

Many clinical nutrition staff are involved in research to improve the nutrition education and diet therapies they deliver. RDs also contribute to promoting the mission and vision of UHN through participation in both departmental and hospital-wide committees.

RDs at UHN are registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario, the provincial regulatory body. The practice of dietetics and nutrition at UHN adheres to the standards of care and conduct, as mandated by this organization. Registered Dietitians at UHN also hold membership with Dietitians of Canada, our national organization. 

Clinical Nutrition provides comprehensive nutrition care for our patients by translating the complex science of nutrition into practical dietary advice.


Responsibilities include:

  • Assessing nutritional status of patients with a medical condition, illness or injury
  • Identifying specific nutritional concerns
  • Developing individual care plans
  • Applying the appropriate intervention, including modification of therapeutic diets and provision of nutrition education for patients, families and caregivers
  • Monitoring clinical progress

Our Services

Clinical nutrition provides assessment, education, and counseling in the following areas:

  • Bariatrics
  • Brain and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation
  • Cardiology / Heart Health
  • Complex Continuing Care
  • Eating Disorders
  • Endocrinology / Diabetes
  • ENT / Plastics
  • Falls Prevention
  • Family Health
  • General Ambulatory
  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Geriatric Rehabilitation
  • Intensive Care
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and Multi-System Program
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Parenteral Nutrition
  • Psychiatry
  • Respirology
  • Rheumatology
  • Senior's Wellness
  • Stroke Prevention
  • Swallow Clinic
  • Thoracics
  • Transplant
  • Urology
  • Women's Health

Careers

UHN is a work place where you will enjoy the unique challenges of your chosen field, create and engage in best practices, and you will be at the heart of facilities bringing the world new health care​ innovations. . 

Find out more at UHN Careers. ​