Nutrition Department

Our Staff

Management Staff

  • David Folio, MS, RD: Chief, Nutrition Department

  • Anita Bailey, MS, RD: Section Chief, Food Services

  • John Palino, RD: Dietitian Informaticist

  • Laura Cramp, RD: Quality Assurance Specialist

  • Charles Hall, Executive Chef

  • Madeline Michael, MPH, RD: Section Chief, Clinical Nutrition Services

  • Merel Kozlosky, MS, RD: Dietetic Internship Director and Supervisory Metabolic Dietitian

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 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and can be contacted through the Page Operator at (301) 496-1211.

Our Clinical Research Dietitians are:

  • Shanna Bernstein, MPH, RD
    Shanna Bernstein provides nutrition services for genetics, endocrinology and pulmonary protocols as well as behavioral health patients.  Her interests include weight management and chronic disease prevention.

  • Amber Courville PhD, RD
    Amber Courville is responsible for the design and implementation of metabolic diets required for obesity-related studies, as well as for conducting research related to the study of metabolism.

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

  • Marnie Dobbin, MS, RD, CNSD
    Marnie Dobbin provides nutrition services for patients with neurological disorders and for oncology patients completing bone marrow transplant, chemotherapy and immunotherapy regimens. She specializes in dietary supplements.

  • Jennifer Graf, MS, RD
    Jennifer Graf 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 Kozlosky manages the Metabolic Kitchen and is responsible for metabolic diets required for non-obesity-related metabolic studies. She is also the Director of the Dietetic Internship Program.

  • Madeline Michael, MPH, RD, CSP
    Madeline Michael manages Clinical Nutrition Services 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
    Kelly provides relief coverage for the clinical research dietitians and thus provides nutrition services to a wide range of patients.

  • Stacie Townsend, MS, RD, CSP

  • Megan Wright Schoenfeld, RD, CNSC

  • 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 Dietetic Internship Program. Her special interests are nutrition support and nutrient metabolism.

Clinical and Metabolic HealthTechnicians

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.

Clinical Health Technicians are available at (301) 827-0402.


RD = Registered dietitian
MPH = Master's degree in public health
MS = Master's degree in science
PhD = Doctorate of Philosophy
CNSD = certified nutrition support dietitian
CSP = certified specialist in pediatric nutrition

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This page last updated on 08/02/2017

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