Chicago Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Mary Russell Becomes 2018-2019 President of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

June 1, 2018

CHICAGO – Registered dietitian nutritionist Mary Russell begins her one-year term on June 1 as the 2018-2019 President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Russell, of Chicago, Ill., served as the Academy’s president-elect during 2017-2018.

Russell is senior manager of U.S. nutrition medical affairs at Baxter Healthcare and a lecturer at the Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine and Science. Previously, she was director of the department of clinical nutrition at the University of Chicago Medical Center and worked at Duke University Hospital in positions including director of nutrition services, trauma/surgery dietitian clinician and adult nutrition support team dietitian clinician.

"The Academy's members make changes happen every day – in kitchens, gardens, health care and wellness facilities, schools, nongovernment organizations and Congress, enhancing people's heath in the U.S. and beyond," Russell said.

"Working with committed partners, we can win the battle against hunger and poor nutrition, lead the way in addressing food waste and malnutrition, and deliver nutrient-dense, fresh foods to consumers. Nutrition and dietetics practitioners must embrace the challenges and opportunities we face to merge health, agriculture and wellness, to best serve our communities, our country, and people around the world," Russell said.

A past member of the Academy's House of Delegates and a member of numerous committees, Russell served on the Academy's Board of Directors for five years as treasurer-elect, treasurer and immediate past treasurer. She is a past member of the Academy Foundation's Board; past chair of the Dietitians in Nutrition Support dietetic practice group; and past president of the North Carolina Dietetic Association.

Russell was named the 2018 Outstanding Dietitian by the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is the author or co-author of numerous papers in the area of nutrition support. She co-authored a chapter in the Academy's Pocket Guide to Nutrition Assessment (3rd ed.) and co-authored the Academy's Critical Illness Toolkit (2010). Russell has contributed chapters to two recent books: Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics in Nutrition Support (John Wiley and Sons, 2018) and Krause's Food & the Nutrition Care Process (Elsevier, 2017).

Russell is a graduate of Marquette University and earned a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.


Media interviews with Russell may be arranged by contacting the Academy at Photos of Russell are available.

All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy's Board of Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that those who hold the credential registered dietitian (RD) may optionally use "registered dietitian nutritionist" (RDN) instead. The two credentials have identical meanings.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at