MD Anderson Cancer Center Clinical Nutrition Specialist in Houston, Texas

Clinical Nutrition Specialist

Location: United States, Texas, Houston, Houston (TX Med Ctr) at

Allied Health at

VP Clinical Support Svcs Area 710378

Requisition #: 117378

Salary range: min-$68,800 mid-$86,000 max-$103,200

The Clinical Nutrition Specialist is a Registered Dietitian with advanced certification in Nutrition Support (CNSC) who provides nutritional assessment and management for patients receiving total parenteral nutrition (TPN) for medically and/or surgically complex patients, often in the ICU. This position floats to high acuity level patient care services such as GI Surgery and Home TPN monitoring.

Rotation of weekends and holidays is divided among 6 Clinical Nutrition Specialists. As part of the Nutrition Support Team, the Clinical Nutrition Specialist works in conjunction with the clinical pharmacist who evaluates the patient for medication interactions and fluid/electrolyte management as well as the respiratory therapist who conducts Indirect Calorimetry to provide evidence based nutritional care.

Specific responsibilities include assessment of nutritional status, interpretation of laboratory values, and recommendation, implementation, monitoring and management of nutritional intervention for critical care patients on enteral and parenteral nutrition support including Intensive Care Unit patients. Experience with critical care, tube feeding and TPN management is essential for success. Good communication skills with medical staff, clinical pharmacists and nursing staff is critical.

Key Functions

Patient Care

a. Provides quality nutrition care in relation to the patient’s prescribed diagnosis, treatment, age group, nutrition status, and other needs in both an acute care environment, and/or within the clinics as appropriate.

b. Provides a comprehensive assessment of nutritional status by synthesizing and analyzing information obtained through personal interviews, physical assessment, review of the medical record, consulting with other members of the care team and via reports (i.e., laboratory and other diagnostics) and analyzes macronutrient and micronutrient nutrition prescriptions.

c. Determines patient’s nutrient needs and develops a comprehensive plan of care and communicates this to the medical team and via electronic medical record documentation in a timely manner.

d. Collaborates with the interdisciplinary team individually and in group meetings in recommending, implementing, and monitoring nutrition interventions.

Clinical Practice

a. Provides professional and staff education to ensure the safe management and care of medical staff, patients and families.

b. Attends patient care rounds regularly. Provides advanced clinical nutrition practice information/education to other members of the patient care team and/or the community.

c. Participates in staff development and clinical research activities.

d. Provides professional and community education via presentations, publications and/or planning and execution of departmental education efforts (i.e., National Nutrition Month, etc.).

e. Serves as preceptor for students, interns, and observers within the department and/or as a contributing educator to another department.


Required: Bachelor's degree in Nutrition or related field. Completion of a Nutrition and Dietetics approved internship or its equivalent.

Preferred: Master's Degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, or related field.



· Current Registered Dietitian (RD) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

· Current Licensed Dietitian (LD) with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians

· Current Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) or Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian (CNSD), National Board of Nutrition Support Certification, Inc.



· Five years clinical nutrition experience. Three years of experience required with preferred degree.


· At least one year of experience with management of nutrition support in a critical care setting.