MUSC Nutrition Services provides proactive nutritional consultation for each patient through its registered dieticians (RDs). Our dietitians have acquired their nutrition expertise through an advanced nutrition science degree and dietetic internship program. Those managing specialty patients have received additional certifications in diabetes education and nutrition support.
Mike Stafford, RD, LD, works with patients who have pancreatic cancer and is available through the continuum of cancer care including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery as well as recovery and survivorship.
Debbie Petitpain, MS, RD, LD, and Nina Crowley, MS, RD, LD, both provide guidance on nutrition and eating for patients who have pancreatitis. They work closely with those patients who are having part or all of the pancreas removed, including those who are participating in the Islet Cell Transplant Program. Nutrition can be especially important to patients with disorders of the pancreas because of the role that it plays in producing digestive enzymes and insulin, which regulates the body’s blood sugar. When the pancreas has to be removed, a person will become diabetic and must follow important dietary guidelines for the rest of their lives. They must also take digestive enzymes that otherwise would have been supplied by the pancreas.