Clinical Dietitian
Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)

Job Info

Responsible for delivery of Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) to MGH Weight Center patients. Provides direct patient care to pediatric and adult patients through performing the nutrition evaluation and leading nutrition groups and individual programs. Performs activities in the setting of a multidisciplinary care team. Creates health education materials and participates in program development and responsible for precepting Dietetic Interns during Weight Center rotations/practicum. Collects outcome data for nutrition related programs using Red Cap data collection system and keeps IRB approvals current as needed.


  • Reviews medical records of referred patients;
  • Performs initial nutrition evaluation of patients as defined in the Weight Center (WC) nutrition protocol;
  • Documents initial nutrition evaluation using the Weight Center Nutrition Evaluation structured template;
  • Assesses patient's readiness for weight loss program and motivation;
  • Assesses patient's current nutritional status, nutrition-related biochemical parameters, eating patterns;
  • Assesses patient's lifestyle and structured activity;
  • Assesses patient's ability to participate in WC programs;
  • Reports to WC team outcome of nutritional assessment and makes recommendations for intervention;
  • Provides coverage and/or leader of all group programs nutrition education at the Weight Center: including Healthy Habits for Life, Medically Intensive Nutrition Therapy Program, Surgical Management Program and Pre-Surgical Management Program;
  • Provides nutrition education / monitoring via eNutrition program
  • Provides MNT to adult and pediatric pre/post weight loss surgery and medical management patients
  • Provides instruction and supervision of dietetic interns and other professionals in training at the Weight Center; sends interns/students all pre-rotation forms required for MGH badge, and observation of surgery;
  • Attends all WC provider and team meetings;
  • Provides patients with interpretation of indirect calorimetry test of RMR and appropriate meal plan for weight loss;
  • Performs clinic hours at 50 Staniford Street, Boston, and other sites depending on future need

Minimum: Registered Dietitian and Licensed in the state of MA (LDN) and at least 2-year experience specializing in Obesity Nutrition; counseling and leading groups. Must have publications (manuals on obesity/bariatric surgery; online resources for RDs; book chapters, journal articles, newsletters, etc); must be an excellent public speaker.

Applicants with a Master's Degree in Science, Public Health or related field preferred.


Individual must demonstrate an understanding of the special needs of the pediatric and adult patient with obesity;
  • Must demonstrate strong skills in leading clinical groups and display excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to develop collegial relationships with other healthcare providers;
  • Must be willing to travel to other satellite locations a few times a month and work 1-2 evenings a week;
  • Must be willing to stay current with the obesity literature;
  • Demonstrate good skills in translating scientific information into lay education materials and presentations;
  • Must be able to apply principles of adult learning when leading adult weight groups and providing individual care;
  • Must be able to apply knowledge in an age appropriate manner for both adults and pediatrics;
  • Must demonstrate knowledge and ability to provide cognitive-behavioral therapy;
  • Must collect, analyze and interpret outcomes data for quality improvement of Weight Center programs

EEO Statement
Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

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