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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Bariatric Dietitian II in Boston, Massachusetts

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Bariatric Dietitian II

Department Description:This is per diem position that will support the nutrition component of the Weight Loss Surgery program. Will perform nutrition screening for new patients and make recommendations per protocols. Will assist RDs in triage and day to day operations as needed

Job Location:Boston, Massachusetts

Req ID:44599BR

Job Summary:Provides of optimal nutrition care of the bariatric surgery patient across the continuum of care.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Performs initial nutrition assessment and preoperative education as well as participates in the screening of potential candidates for bariatric surgery. Reviews clinical and biochemical data to formulate a nutrition care plan encompassing socio-economic and psychosocial factors.

  • Assesses education requirements of patients and families or significant others, implement plan of action according to individual requirements. Develops and coordinates group and individualized nutrition education curriculum and instruction material with comprehensive language and aesthetic quality.

  • Participates in development of clinical pathways associated with patient flow from initial nutrition visit, through follow up and completion of post-surgical course. Collaborates with inpatient healthcare staff to maintain continuity of care.

  • Counsels post-op patients to ensure dietary compliance, nutritional adequacy and formulation of weight management goals. Assesses and adjusts diet regimen based on diet tolerance, weight changes, laboratory values and clinical parameters. Oversees the development of bariatric-focused and nutrition-related education modules for patient support groups.

  • Evaluates nutritional products based on their patient appropriateness, safety, availability and cost. Contributes to cost containment by careful use of supplies.

  • Serves as a preceptor for dietetic interns, medical and nursing interns/students and resource and lecturer for health care providers and general public. Plans, conducts, supervises and formally evaluates the educational experience and performance of dietetic interns in the bariatric surgery area.

  • Makes follow up telephone calls and emails to patients with questions regarding the bariatric diet, vitamin and mineral supplementation, and laboratory results. Attends weekly patient multidisciplinary rounds to discuss patient care and nutritional issues.

  • Assists in the development of nutrition standards of practice within the bariatric program.

  • Participates in research programs, under the direction of the Medical and/or Surgical Director of Bariatric Program. Interprets, evaluates and utilizes pertinent current research findings related to nutritional care and obesity and Bariatric surgery. Participates in data collection for research and quality assurance projects while problem solving with patient issues.

  • Develops and expands professional proficiency in the area of bariatric surgery. Participates in hospital in-services, educates health care professionals on the goals and methods of treatment for the bariatric patient. Publishes in peer-reviewed or lay publications. May present at professional conferences.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred.

  • License Lic. Dietitian/Nutritionist required., and Registration Registered Dietitian required.

  • 1-3 years related work experience required in at least 2 years of related work experience.

  • Currently Registered and Licensed as a Dietitian in Massachusetts.

  • Clinical knowledge of digestion and nutrient absorption physiology.

  • Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.


  • Decision Making:Ability to make decisions that are guided by precedents, policies and objectives. Regularly makes decisions and recommendations on issues affecting a department or functional area.

  • Problem Solving:Ability to address problems that are highly varied, complex and often non-recurring, requiring staff input, innovative, creative, and Lean diagnostic techniques to resolve issues.

  • Independence of Action:Ability to set goals and determines how to accomplish defined results with some guidelines. Manager/Director provides broad guidance and overall direction.

  • Written Communications:Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.

  • Oral Communications:Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

  • Knowledge:Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.

  • Team Work:Ability to act as a team leader for small projects or work groups, creating a collaborative and respectful team environment and improving workflows. Results may impact the operations of one or more departments.

  • Customer Service:Ability to provide a high level of customer service and staff training to meet customer service standards and expectations for the assigned unit(s). Resolves service issues in the assigned unit(s) in a timely and respectful manner.

Age based Competencies:

Employees in this job must be competent to provide patient care to the following age groups: Middle Age: 30 - 60 .

Physical Nature of the Job:

Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Some elements of the job are sedentary, but the employee will be required to stand for periods of time or move through out the hospital campus

EOE Statement



As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. BILH requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment.