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Chris Biesemeier, MS, RD, LDN, FADA, FAND


Biesemeier is Director of Clinical Nutrition Services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, Tennessee, where she has worked since December 1999.  In this position, she provides oversight to clinical nutrition programs and the members of the Clinical Nutrition Department at VUMC, including the Vanderbilt University Hospital, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Nutrition Clinic and other VUMC outpatient clinics.  Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, she was the clinical nutrition manager at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Biesemeier has worked in management positions in a variety of health care settings including hospitals (Assistant Director of Nutrition Services, Ochsner Foundation Hospital, New Orleans, LA, and Director of Nutrition Services, Ephraim McDowell Memorial Hospital, Danville, KY), a wellness-cardiac rehab facility (Director of Nutrition Services, The Lifestyle Center, NKC, Inc., Louisville, KY), and WIC (WIC Program Coordinator, Louisville-Jefferson County Health Department, Louisville, KY).  

Biesemeier is very active in professional activities, focusing in the areas of clinical and weight management, quality management, outcomes research, evidence analysis, evidence-based practice guideline development and implementation, the Nutrition Care Process, and the Nutrition Care Process Terminology. A recipient of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s Medallion Award in 2006, she also served as Director-at-Large on the Academy's Board of Directors, and was a member of the faculty for the CDR level 1 and 2 Adult Weight Management Certificate Courses for many years.     

Biesemeier has published articles and book chapters and has given numerous presentations and workshops on the Nutrition Care Process, evidence-based nutrition practice and the Academy’s Evidence Analysis Library, the development and implementation of evidence-based protocols and nutrition practice guidelines, outcomes management, reimbursement for nutrition services, and clinical staffing requirements. She was the managing editor for the ADA publication, Connective Leadership . . .Linking Vision with Action (2000), and authored two chapters in the book.  She also authored the Academy publication, Achieving Excellence . . . Clinical Staffing for Today and Tomorrow (2004) and was the managing editor and a contributor to the ADA Pocket Guide to Bariatric Surgery (2009).

Biesemeier obtained her undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  She completed a dietetic internship at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington and received a Master’s degree in clinical nutrition from the University of Kentucky.