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Laura Kerns is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in oncology nutrition. She received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan and completed her dietetic internship at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She has spent almost 10 years working exclusively in oncology, which has included the development of two outpatient cancer center nutrition programs.

Over the past three years, Laura has overseen the research, development, implementation, and evaluation of Louisiana’s first hospital-based food pantry. This work awarded her as a New Orleans HealthCare Hero in 2019. Additionally, she is involved in clinical research including a clinical trial to evaluate diet interventions versus standard of care treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma.

Laura is active in her local dietetic associations and has held offices at the local and state level. She has given lectures and poster presentations at the local, state, and national levels relating to malnutrition, oncology nutrition, food insecurity, and enteral nutrition. She was one of the recipients of the Abbott Nutrition Alliance Award for her work in malnutrition.


Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine