Digestive Disease Center / Specialty Centers / Vanderbilt Center for Human Nutrition

Vanderbilt Center for Human Nutrition

The Center for Human Nutrition offers specialized care to people who need nutritional support, including those with:

  • celiac disease
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • malabsorption
  • short bowel syndrome
  • recent medical procedures affecting nutritional health

Our care team includes physicians, nutrition specialists, registered dietitians, pharmacists, and researchers in nutritional health.

The Center houses several clinics:

Services at the Center

  • IV feeding support
  • Medical treatments for malnutrition
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Nutrition evaluation and diagnosis

Nutrition Support Program

The Nutrition Support Program provides inpatient support for patients receiving food via an IV (total parenteral nutrition). In addition, the program supports patients with other specialized nutrition needs. Patients who continue on total parenteral nutrition upon returning home may receive care through the Malnutrition Clinic.

Malnutrition Clinic

The Malnutrition Clinic cares for patients from across the Southeast who are undernourished due to conditions including:

  • Bowel obstruction
  • Fistulas
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Ischemic bowel disease
  • Malabsorption
  • Radiation enteritis
  • Short bowel syndrome

Malnutrition Clinic Services

  • Customized nutrition plans
  • Help with mental and social issues related to nutrition treatment
  • Nutrition testing
  • Placement of central venous access devices or peripherally inserted central catheters
  • Placement of feeding tubes

Patient Resources

Vanderbilt Center for Human Nutrition New Patient Questionnaire (PDF)

Referrals to the Malnutrition Clinic

Referrals can be made through:

  • Primary care offices or specialty physicians
  • Home infusion pharmacies
  • Contracts with third party payers, TennCare or Medicare
  • In some instances, a self-referral (if allowed by your insurance provider)

Contact Us

1211 21st Ave. S.
514 Medical Arts Building
Nashville, TN 37232-2713
Phone: (615) 936-1288
Fax: (615) 936-0006