IBD Dietitian Apprenticeship

This six-month program is designed to provide IBD-focused nutrition education for a registered dietitian within the adult and pediatric populations. The apprentice will rotate through outpatient multidisciplinary clinics, will join the IBD team on biweekly inpatient rounds, lead a research/quality improvement project, participate in and lead a monthly nutrition Journal Club, attend our weekly IBD multidisciplinary conference, and more. The CDR recognizes this as “Activity 210 Residency/Fellowship Program” and the participant will receive 75 CPEUs upon completion of the program. Salary and housing support will be provided.

Doctor sitting at the desk on a video call taking anamnesis

Eligibility and Criteria for Selection:

Topics Covered

  • The role of nutrition and diet in IBD care (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Integration of nutrition services into advanced multidisciplinary IBD care
  • Evidence-based diets for symptom management and reducing inflammation
  • Common nutritional deficiencies
  • Nutrition optimization for surgery, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)
  • Complementary and integrative nutrition for IBD
  • Short bowel syndrome and micronutrient deficiencies
  • Assessment of pediatric malnutrition and growth failure
  • Nutrition support (enteral and parenteral nutrition therapy)


Kelly Issokson, MS, RD
Clinical Nutrition Coordinator, Course Director, Apprenticeship Director
Gil Y. Melmed, MD, MS
Course Co-Director, Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Research, Associate Director, Karsh Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Eric Vasiliauskas, MD
Course Director, Director, Cedars-Sinai Nutrition and Integrative IBD Subspecialty Program
Shervin Rabizadeh, MD, MBA
Course Co-Director, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Erin Feldman, RD, CSP
Clinical Dietitian, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Have Questions or Need Help?

Contact us if you have questions or would like to learn more about the IBD Dietitian Apprenticeship.

Brittany Slater-Washington, Program Coordinator