Adult Nutrition Services

MUSC Health’s adult nutrition services are designed to be integrated into every aspect of patient care in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. 

Adult Inpatient Nutrition Services

The Adult Inpatient Team at the Medical University of South Carolina is composed of 12 full-time, and two part-time dietitians who cover all adult patients located at the following MUSC locations:

  • The University Hospital
  • Ashley River Tower
  • The Institute of Psychiatry
  • The Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion

Board-Certified Experts in Nutritional Care

All of our dietitians are cross-trained on the complex needs of a variety of disease states, to ensure that patients receive high-quality, standardized nutrition care. We have highly specialized dietitians with board certifications in:

  • Diabetes care - Board Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES)
  • Renal nutrition - Board Certified Specialists in Renal Nutrition (CSR)
  • Oncology nutrition - Board Certified Specialists in Oncology Nutrition (CSO)
  • Nutrition support - Board Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC)

Our dietitians also serve as the nutrition subject-matter experts for a variety of teams throughout MUSC Health, including:

  • The Diabetes Management Service Team
  • The Solid Organ Transplant Team and selection committee
  • Enhanced recovery after surgery initiatives
  • Foodservice quality improvement projects

Nutrition Support Team

The Nutrition Support Team (NST) provides an inpatient consult service concentrating on parenteral and enteral nutrition. As part of the NST, inpatient RDs meet with physicians weekly to discuss patients on parenteral nutrition and ensure the appropriateness of the feeding regimen, and to increase the overall knowledge and development of the team.

Cortrak Tube Team

The Adult Nutrition Support Tube Team at MUSC was started by the Clinical Nutrition Department in 2014. The team has expanded over the years and is currently composed of ten highly trained registered dietitians. The Nutrition Support Tube Team at MUSC is the largest team of registered dietitians in the state specialized in placing temporary enteral access at the patient’s bedside for individuals with difficult anatomy or requiring post-pyloric access. The bedside placement of these temporary feeding tubes is facilitated by the Avanos Cortrak2 Enteral Access System which allows practitioners to visualize real-time tube placement without the need or expense of an x-ray. 

Adult Outpatient Nutrition Services

To meet patients with specialized nutrition needs, MUSC Health provides services at various locations throughout the campus. Learning more about your diet and ways to improve your diet is an essential part of your health care.

Outpatient Nutrition Services

To get the diet information that you can trust, an individual appointment can be scheduled with an MUSC outpatient registered dietitian at Rutledge Tower with the appropriate Physician Referral (PDF). During the medical nutrition therapy session, you will learn the skills needed to take an active role in managing your health.

Hollings Cancer Center Nutrition Services

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center's (HCC) Nutrition Services provides proactive individualized nutritional consultation for cancer outpatients across the continuum of cancer care, including primary prevention, cancer treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery), secondary prevention, cancer recurrences, palliative care, and survivorship.

Bariatric Surgery Program

As a Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery, MUSC offers patients options for the surgical treatment of obesity.

Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic

For adult patients with Cystic Fibrosis, MUSC Health holds a weekly clinic to meet with the team of clinicians, including a dietitian specializing in the needs of adults with cystic fibrosis.

Cardiovascular Prevention Program

The Cardiovascular Health Program is dedicated to improving cardiovascular health by offering one-stop access to a full range of preventive cardiology services. The program brings together:

  • Comprehensive cardiovascular exams
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Weight management
  • Exercise prescription
  • Diabetes management
  • Vascular services
  • Early detection and diagnostic imaging

Weight Management Center

A team of psychologists, physicians, dietitians, and exercise physiologists work together, using their diverse knowledge, to help you reduce excess weight. Several programs are available to meet your individualized needs.

Prenatal Wellness Center

The Prenatal Wellness Center offers a complete range of prenatal counseling and testing services, including counseling with a dietitian.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

With a doctor's referral, a registered dietitian is available through the Cardiac Rehab Program to assist you in setting and reaching your goals.

Pediatric Services