Excellence in Nutrition Award

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Excellence in Nutrition Award 2017-09-22T18:27:32+00:00

The Excellence in Nutrition Award honors an ASMBS member who has made significant contributions to pre-operative and/or post-operative nutrition. Those contributions include original research specific to nutrition, novel approaches and/or protocols that maximize patient adherence, educational programs, etc. This individual clearly understands how both pre and post-operative nutrition compliments a surgical procedure to optimize post-operative health.

  • Award nominees must be members of the ASMBS.
  • Nominations will only be accepted from members of the ASMBS
  • Self-nominations are welcome
  • Members of the ASMBS Foundation Board of Directors are not eligible (see list of Board members)
  • Previous award recipients are not eligible
The ASMBS Foundation Board of Directors and the presenting sponsor will evaluate the award submissions and identify an award recipient. The Board of Director’s decision is final. The Board of Directors will not consider incomplete nominations. No information about the outcome of Board of Director’s decisions can be provided prior to the official announcement of the award recipients. Application-specific feedback will not be provided

2017 Award Recipient

Nina Crowley, PhD, RD, LD
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Award sponsored by Bariatric Advantage

Nina Crowley, PhD, RD, LD is an advocate for patient-centered care and appropriate treatment for people with obesity. She leads the interdisciplinary metabolic and bariatric surgery team at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Nina has been working with weight loss surgery patients for 10 years and has her doctorate in Health Psychology from Walden University. Nina holds a BS in Nutrition Science from Cornell University and an MS in Health Care Policy and Management from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Nina is passionate about working with her patients to achieve difficult behavior changes and long term weight maintenance after weight loss surgery. Dr. Crowley has authored publications on binge eating behaviors and food cravings in bariatric surgery patients and enjoys presenting on weight regain, weight bias, vitamin/mineral supplementation, and the importance of careful language for impactful communication.

Nina enjoys balancing her clinical practice with research and volunteerism. Active in her local and state dietetic associations, Nina has served as District President and as South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President, and led the Public Policy Efforts at the state level as Public Policy Coordinator. She is integrated in the obesity workgroups across MUSC and SC including the Scale Down Strategic Plan for SC, and has been integral in developing the Medicaid Nutrition Counseling for Obesity Policy. Nina served as chair for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Evidence Analysis Library Bariatric Surgery Project and is the Nominating Director for the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group. As the ASMBS Bariatric Society of the Carolinas EC she spearheaded the first Integrated Health Workshop at the Carolinas Chapter Meeting. She’s been active in the IH Support Group Committee and sharing evidence-based best practices with other support facilitators. Nina enjoys networking with other professionals in the field and can be found tweeting as @PsychoDietitian.

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Previous Excellence in Nutrition Award Recipients

Susan M. Cummings, MS, RD
Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center
Boston, MA

Awarded November 2016
Award sponsored by Bariatric Advantage

Sue Cummings is a Registered Dietitian who has specialized in the field of obesity evaluation and treatment her entire career. Sue started her career in outpatient nutrition counseling immediately following her Dietetic Internship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and earning her Master of Science degree at Boston University; then the year ‘Oprah popularized protein sparing modified fasts’, Sue was the Administrative Director of an Optifast™ program. In 1991 Sue began working at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Ambulatory Nutrition Services and as a faculty member in the Nutrition Department of the Institute of Health Professions teaching in both Nutrition and Nursing graduate programs. Since its inception in 1998, Sue has been Clinical Programs and Bariatric Coordinator at the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center in Boston, MA and has developed the nutrition and behavioral components of the medical and surgical programs. Sue is a faculty member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate in Weight Management Courses for dietitians and lectures on the role of nutrition in bariatric surgery. Sue is an author and coeditor of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics handbook on bariatric nutrition, as coauthor of the American Heart Association position paper: Bariatric Surgery and Cardiovascular Risk Factors A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association and contributed numerous book chapters on the nutritional care of the patient undergoing bariatric surgery. Sue is an active member or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Weight Management Practice Group, is past chair of the Bariatric Subunit and Network Chair. Sue served on the ASMBS Integrated Health Executive Committee, Nominating Committee and is the Director of the ASMBS IH Nutrition Course. Sue is an invited speaker at national and international conferences and has presented at IFSO (2015 in Vienna, Austria); Obesity Week both in the ASMBS Integrated Health course and at plenary sessions; and at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics National Conferences.

Cynthia K. Buffington, PhD
Florida Hospital Celebration Health
Celebration, FL

Awarded November 2015
Award sponsored by Bariatric Advantage

Kimberley Steele, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery
Baltimore, MD

Awarded November 2014
Award sponsored by Bariatric Advantage