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Nutrition Services

The Nutrition Services division of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is located in beautiful, historic Charleston. Our division is committed to providing the clinical knowledge and expertise to meet the health demands within our community.

Achieving balance for optimal health is challenging, as demonstrated by the fact that approximately 65 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese. The economic, physical, and social consequences are enormous.

Solving such complex problems requires applying research-driven approaches to nutrition therapy in clinical settings and disease prevention in the community. Our goal is to integrate a multidisciplinary strategy that improves the health and welfare of the South Carolina population.

Clinical Nutrition Mission

Our Nutrition Services division is a multidisciplinary effort to enhance the quality of life for our patients and community through education, service, and empowerment. Our mission is to enhance the health and wellness of our patients and community through education, research, service, and clinical expertise.

Clinical Nutrition Vision

Our vision is to coordinate nutrition activities across MUSC and the community and to promote partnerships that lead to effective education, research, and practice in nutrition. We will advance the accessibility of nutrition services through the innovative use of personnel and technology.


MUSC Health Nutrition Services are provided by a team of registered dietitians (RDs) who have acquired their nutrition expertise through an advanced nutrition science degree and dietetic internship program. To provide the highest level of care, dietitians managing specialty patients have received additional certifications in diabetes education and nutrition support.

The clinical nutrition organization structure is designed to integrate nutrition services into every aspect of patient care. Nutrition services are provided to inpatients and outpatients of both the pediatric and adult populations.

Dining Services for Visitors to MUSC Medical Center.

Guests, employees, and students have a wide variety of dining options at MUSC’s downtown campus.

Our Team

The clinical nutrition services, dietetic internship, and nutrition research areas operate through the Digestive Disease Center, under the direction of April Reeder, Digestive Disease Administrator and Dr. Karl Byrne. The three main focuses of the nutrition program are to conduct scientific research, promote sound nutrition education for health professionals, and provide effective nutrition programs throughout the community.

Nutrition Education & Research

Educational Resources

See a variety of the handouts MUSC Health’s outpatient registered dietitians regularly provide to their patients. Regardless of what your health goals are, find a new way to make healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle.

MUSC Nutrition Newsletters
Keep up to date on what is new in nutrition by subscribing to our newsletters from Sodexo Food and Nutrition Dietetic Services and the Bariatric Surgery Program.

Nutrition Education Handouts
See a variety of the handouts MUSC Health’s outpatient registered dietitians regularly provide to their patients. Regardless of what your health goals are, find a new way to make healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle. 

Grocery Store Video Tour
Follow the MUSC Health registered dietitian through this virtual grocery store tour, so you can learn how to make healthy food choices for you and your family.

Ask a Dietitian
If you have a question about nutrition that you would like to ask a registered dietitian, use this tool. Your question will be answered by email.