Margaret Furtado, MS, RD, LDN, RYT

2011 Excellence in Weight Management Practice Award

Sponsored by Slim-Fast & Unilever

Margaret Furtado, MS, RD, LDN, RYT She has been a registered dietitian for over 20 years, including 4 years in nutrition support, 2 years in clinical management, and 6 years in renal nutrition.   Margaret has spent the past 9 years working in the field of obesity medicine, including approximately 4 years as a Lead Dietitian at Tufts Medical Center, 2 years at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Weight Center, and 3 years at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Margaret is one of the co-authors of the Bariatric Nutrition Guidlines published by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and gives talks related to bariatric surgery and nutrition throughout the world, including Paris, Brazil, and Portugal. She is also co-author of two books: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Well After Weight Loss Surgery,(2009, Alpha Books),  and Recipes for Life After Weight Loss Surgery (2003,Quayside Publishing), and has a regular online nutrition blog on Yahoo! Health via her Johns Hopkins affiliation.

About Michele

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, serving as the Education Specialist for Medical Student Education. Much of my current focus is in nutrition and preventive health, educational technology, e-learning, and website development in support of health education. I hold a PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Nutrition Science from Emory University, a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from Georgia State University, and a BS in Engineering Sciences from Aurora University. I completed my postdoctoral work at Emory University in cell nutrient biology while receiving additional training as a health educator. After leaving Emory University, I served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition at Georgia State University (GSU), where I taught undergraduate and graduate nutrition courses and conducted my research in tailored web-based weight intervention programs. In addition to my responsibilities at GSU, I also served as a Health Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity in Atlanta, GA. My work at the CDC included “translational” research, which focused on evaluating the most current research in the area of overweight/obesity and chronic disease and summarizing the findings in written materials targeted for health professionals and the lay public. I also served as the Chair of the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, a 4,800+ member subgroup of the American Dietetic Association specializing in weight management.

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