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Robin Atwood, MS, RD, CSO, has achieved board certification as a specialist in oncology nutrition from the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
To become board certified, a registered dietitian must successfully meet rigorous specialty practice requirements and pass a nationally administered examination from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the ADA.
Atwood is one of three dietitians in Virginia, and one of only 74 in the United States, who are board certified in oncology nutrition.
Board certified specialists in oncology nutrition are registered dietitians working directly with individuals at risk for, or diagnosed with, any type of malignancy or pre-malignant condition. Atwood offers oncology nutrition counseling to patients of the RMH Cancer Center, where she has served as a dietitian since 2001.
“Robin has a vast range of information about maintaining good nutritional status and reducing the risk of recurrence through healthy eating,” said Janet Macarthur, director, RMH Oncology Services. “It is a huge help to our patients to have a knowledgeable dietitian such as Robin assisting them with their nutritional needs.”
The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The mission of the Commission on Dietetic Registration is to protect the nutritional health and welfare health of the public through dietetics certification. CDR currently awards seven separate and distinct credentials.