Moffitt Cancer Center Dietitian Receives Board Certification as a Specialist in Oncology Nutrition

September 30, 2008

She is one of only two in Florida

Tampa, FLMoffitt Cancer Center’s Kathy Allen has achieved board certification as a Specialist in Oncology Nutrition. Allen is one of only two dietitians in the state with this certification.

“Board certification as a Specialist in Oncology helps to identify registered dietitians with this specialized skill set as the nutrition experts for patients who are seeking timely, accurate and reliable information on eating well before, during or after cancer treatment,” said Allen M.A., R.D., LD/N, C.S.O. and manager of Nutritional Therapy at Moffitt.

Allen has been the project manager and Co-Investigator for several National Cancer Institute-funded research studies and was instrumental in the development and implementation of Moffitt’s recently initiated R.E.N.E.W. program for cancer survivors. Allen is also a Lance Armstrong Foundation Community Grant recipient awarded to support the R.E.N.E.W. program. She has practiced in the field of dietetics for 23 years, has spent 15 of those years serving Moffitt, and has extensive experience in the nutrition care of cancer patients, cancer prevention, wellness, and health maintenance. She published studies on body weight, chemoprevention and cancer risk reduction. Allen is state licensed, an active member of the American Dietetic Association, and Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, holds a bachelor’s of science in Dietetics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, completed a post-graduate internship at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and holds a master’s in Adult Education from the University of South Florida.

To become board certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the ADA, a registered dietitian must successfully meet rigorous specialty practice requirements and pass a nationally administered examination. Board Certified Specialists in Oncology Nutrition are registered dietitians working directly with individuals at risk for, or diagnosed with, any type of malignancy or pre-malignant condition in a variety of settings (e.g. hospitals, clinics, cancer centers, hospices, public health) or indirectly through roles in management, education, industry and research practice linked to oncology nutrition.

The Commission on Dietetic Registration’s mission is to protect the nutritional health and welfare health of the public through dietetics certification. The CDR awards seven distinct credentials.

The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals and is empowering members to be the nation’s food and nutrition leaders and optimizing the nation’s health through food and nutrition.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.