Nutrition Department

Our Staff

Management Staff

  • Annie Cichocki, MS, MSS, RD: Chief, Nutrition Department
  • Madeline Michael, MPH, RD: Section Chief, Clinical Nutrition and Research
    • Merel Kozlosky, MS, RD: Dietetic Internship Director and Metabolic Kitchen Manager
    • Kelly Ratteree, MPH, RD, CSO: Metabolic Quality Assurance Dietitian
  • Anita Bailey, MS, RD: Section Chief, Food Services
    • Melissa Riley, MS, RD, CNSC: Supervisory Dietitian Informaticist

Call Center Staff

For Patient Room Service or food-related concerns, our call center personnel can assist daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and can be reached at the patient room service number (301) 451-3663.

Clinical Research Dietitians

Clinical research dietitians are assigned to cover patient care units and protocols related to their individual areas of expertise. It is best to contact the dietitian assigned to your unit or protocol with questions or requests Monday through Friday during normal business hours. In addition, a dietitian is available on-call daily and can be contacted through the Page Operator at (301) 496-1211.

Our Clinical Research Dietitians are:

  • Donna Barnett, MA, RD
    Donna provides nutrition services for adult oncology patients and for patients with alcohol use disorders. Her interests include pediatrics and information technology.

  • Rachel Bloom, RD
    Rachel provides nutrition services for pediatric patients undergoing bone marrow transplant, pediatric oncology patients undergoing T-cell therapy, and adult oncology patients undergoing immunotherapy and chemotherapy. Her interests include nutrition support and pediatrics.

  • Sarah Henke, RD, CNSC
    Sarah provides nutrition services for patients with neurological disorders and for oncology patients completing bone marrow transplant, chemotherapy and immunotherapy regimens. Her interests include critical care and nutrition support.

  • Rachael Lopez, MPH, RD, CSO
    Rachael provides nutrition services for surgical oncology patients. Her special interests include critical care, gastroenterology and pediatrics.

  • Jennifer Myles, MS, RD, CSP
    Jennifer provides nutrition services for a wide variety of immunology, oncology, neurology, behavioral, endocrinology and genetics protocols on the pediatric units. She specializes in pediatrics.

  • Merel Kozlosky, MS, RD
    Merel is the Director of the NIH Dietetic Internship program and also manages the Metabolic Kitchen. She also provides coverage and support to the Chief of the Clinical Nutrition and Research Section.

  • Madeline Michael, MPH, RD
    Madeline is the Chief of the Clinical Nutrition and Research Section and also provides nutrition care to pediatric patients enrolled in NIAID clinical trials. Her special interests include pediatric nutrition, nutrition support and information technology.

  • Kelly Ratteree, MPH, RD, CSO
    Kelly provides supervision and quality assurance services to the Metabolic Kitchen.  Her interests include information technology.

  • Megan Schoenfeld, RD
    Megan provides nutrition services for genetics, endocrinology, hepatology, pulmonary, and behavior health patients. Her interests include weight management, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and diabetes.

  • Stacie Townsend, MS, RD, CNSC
    Stacie provides nutrition support services for patients on the critical care unit, as well as hematology patients undergoing stem cell transplants. She is the department’s Nutrition Support Specialist and oversees enteral and parenteral nutrition support training, resources, and processes.

  • Sara Turner, MPH, RD and Shanna Yang, MPH, RD
    Sara and Shanna are the department’s Metabolic Clinical Research Dietitians.  They provide nutrition research services including planning metabolic diets, dietary assessment and body composition assessment for studies related to the Metabolic Clinical Research Unit.

  • Kirsten Zambell, PhD, RD
    Kirsten Zambell provides nutrition services for adult patients enrolled in NIAID clinical trials. She is also the Research and Didactic Coordinator for the NIH Dietetic Internship program.

Clinical and Metabolic Health Technicians

Clinical and metabolic health technicians provide support to patients who require special nutrition assistance due to research or clinical needs. They have advanced training in nutrition and assist with menu selections, nutritional supplements, special diets, patient education and calorie counts. They can also help you contact a staff dietitian.


RD = Registered Dietitian
MPH = Master's degree in Public Health
MS = Master's degree in Science
PhD = Doctorate of Philosophy
CNSC = Certified Nutrition Support Clinician
CSO = Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition
CSP = Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition

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This page last updated on 05/25/2022

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