Clinical Nutrition Department

The Nutritional Support Service is a multidisciplinary team consisting of a physician director, nutritional support nurse, dietitians and a pharmacist. Team members work collectively to monitor and advise on the nutritional management of all patients on total parenteral nutrition (PN). This includes assessment of nutritional status and determination of specific nutritional needs based on metabolic monitoring. If requested by the primary care physician, management of PN can be undertaken solely by the Nutritional Support Service.

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday

The Clinical Nutrition Department staff assists physicians in monitoring the nutritional status of all patients. Registered dietitians with master’s degrees and/or advanced training in pediatric nutrition make up the department. 

Clinical dietitians identify patients at nutritional risk and plan nutrition intervention as needed. This function includes the education of families who are taking their child home on a modified diet and monitoring patients receiving enteral and parenteral nutrition. In addition, clinical dietitians can provide physicians with diagnostic information on children with poor growth, feeding problems and/or eating concerns.

Our Staff

Sharon Strohm, MBA, RD, LDN

Referral Requirements

Referrals are required from primary care physicians or other Children’s Hospital specialty services. Referrals for patients enrolled in managed care insurance plans also may require authorization from the insurance provider and primary care physician. All necessary referral and authorization forms must be received before the patient’s visit. For accurate provider numbers or more information, please call the office number listed.


  • Nutritional Support Service

    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
    4401 Penn Avenue
    Floor 3
    Pittsburgh PA, 15224