Outpatient Info

The UCSF Nutrition Counseling Clinic offers general nutrition counseling to promote wellness and disease prevention through dietary changes. Registered dietitians specializing in pediatric, adolescent, and adult nutrition care offer individualized nutrition counseling to meet your needs and optimize your health and well being. During counseling sessions, dietitians will assess your current eating habits and medical conditions and help you establish individual goals.  A physician's referral is required to schedule an appointment in the nutrition counseling clinic. 

The UCSF Nutrition Counseling Clinic offers appointments at two UCSF Locations:

Nutrition Counseling Clinic, Mount Zion Campus 1701 Divisadero Street, 5th Floor San Francisco, CA Located in General Medicine

Lakeshore Family Medicine Center 1569 Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco, CA

Nutrition Counseling Clinic mailing address and contact information:
505 Parnassus Avenue San Francisco, CA 94143-0212 (415) 353-2291

For patients interested in weight loss, please note that UCSF offers a Weight Management Program for adults though the Department of General Internal Medicine. The pediatric weight management program, Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) is available through the Department of Pediatrics.

 

What is a Dietitian? Role in healthcare team

 

Registered Dietitians (RDs) are food and nutrition experts who have met specific requirements established by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). RDs have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in dietetics, nutrition, or nutrition sciences, including coursework in food science, clinical dietetics, community nutrition, life-cycle nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, education methodology, biochemistry, microbiology, social sciences, human anatomy and physiology, and other culinary- and nutrition-related classes.

 

RDs also must complete a dietetic internship or supervised practice program for hands-on, in-the-field experience; pass the registration exam; and obtain continuing education credits in order to complete the recertification process. This process ensures that RDs stay abreast of the latest research and practice information to best serve the public.

 

Dietitians at the UCSF Nutrition Counseling Clinic are RDs who provide nutrition assessment, nutrition diagnoses, and individualized nutrition interventions intended to change a nutrition-related behavior or aspect of nutritional health.  

Our dietitians provide nutrition assessment and counseling based on patients’ individual needs. This includes evaluation of current intake and advice for improving the nutrient content of an individual’s diet, as well as medical nutrition therapy. Medical nutrition therapy involves assessment of the nutritional status of patients with a condition, illness, or injury that puts them at nutrition risk. This includes review and analysis of medical and diet history, laboratory values, and anthropometric measurements. Based on the assessment, a nutrition care plan is developed to manage the condition or treat the illness or injury. The plan generally includes the following: (1) diet modification and counseling leading to the development of a personal diet plan to achieve nutritional goals and desired health outcomes; and (2) specialized nutrition therapy including recommendations for supplementation with medical foods or nutrient supplements for those unable to obtain adequate nutrients through food intake only.

Education Materials

UCSF dietitians have created a series of health-related guidelines on diabetes, healthy weight, exercise, nutrition for kids, high blood pressure and heart health. Look for these and many other patient education materials at www.ucsfhealth.org/conditions.