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Assistant Professor Dietetic Internship Director; Associate Director, Food and Nutrition Services,
Clinical Nutrition
College of Health Sciences
Triangle Office Building
1700 W. Van Buren St., Suite 425
Chicago, Illinois
(312) 942-5212
(312) 942-5203
Diane C. Sowa, MBA, RD, LDN is an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Nutrition and director, dietetic internship at Rush University and associate director, clinical nutrition, food and nutrition services, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.  Diane received her undergraduate degree in dietetics at Dominican University, River Forest, Ill. She went on to complete a dietetic internship at John H. Stroger, Jr., Hospital of Cook County. She completed a Master's of Business Administration with a focus on human resource management at DePaul University, Chicago, Ill. 
Diane has held multiple positions here at Rush, including cardiovascular, quality assurance dietitian and clinical nutrition manager. As director, dietetic internship and associate director, clinical nutrition, Diane has the unique opportunity to meld the didactic experiences with supervised practice. She has served as research advisor/committee member on numerous master's-prepared students' research projects involving the following topics: nutrition assessment in the inpatient setting, determining vitamins, herbals and functional food use of urban hospital patients, use of pre-albumin in monitoring nutrition status, comparing predictive equations in determining caloric needs for parenteral nutrition patients, and determining a predictive equation to determine tube feeding needs for stroke patients.
Diane has been active with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, serving six years on the House of Delegates, Association Position Paper Committee, Informatics Task Force and currently on the Simulation Task Force. She has also served on multiple committees on the state and local dietetics association.
Roosevelt, H., Gregiore, M., Sowa, D., Kinnare, K., Chen, Y. The Influence of Risk and Resources Managed on Nutrition Support Registered Dietitians’ Salaries. Top Clin Nutr. 2013; 28( 3): 274–282.
Roehl, K., Lach, K., Coltman, A., Bacon, C., Singh, S., Peterson, S., Sowa, D. Predictors of Insulin Requirements Among Hospitalized Adults Receiving Parenteral Nutrition. JPEN: J Enteral Parenteral Nutr.  2013; 20(5):1-8.
Kinnare, K., Bacon, C., Chen, Y, Sowa, D., Peterson, S.  Risk factors for predicting hypoglycemia in patients receiving concomitant parenteral nutrition and insulin therapy. 
J Acad Nutr Diet. 2013; 113(1):263-268.
Davis C, Sowa D, Keim KS, Kinnare K, Peterson S. The use of prealbumin and C-reactive protein for monitoring nutrition support in adult patients receiving enteral nutrition in an urban medical center. JPEN: J Enteral Parenteral Nutr. 2012;36(2):197-204.
Aase, S.- Sowa, D.  Quoted in: You, Improved: Understanding the promises and challenges nutrition informatics poses for dietetic careers. J Am Diet Assoc.  2010; 110: 1794-1798.
Peterson, S. Chen, U, Sullivan, C, Kinnare, K., Tupesis, N. Patel, G. Sowa, D., Assessing the influence of registered dietitian order-writing privileges on parenteral nutrition use. J. Am. Diet. Assoc.  2010;110:1703-1711.
Barsamian, A. Gregoire, M. Sowa, D., Lafferty, L., Stone, M.  Timely Resolution of Patient Concerns Improves Post-Discharge Satisfaction. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010;110:1346-1350.
Peterson, S, Tsai, A, Scala, C, Sowa, D, Sheean, P,  Braunschweig, C.  Adequacy of Oral Intake in Critically Ill Patients 1 Week after Extubation. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010;110: 427-433.
Weil, S., Lafferty, L., Keim, K.S., Sowa, D. Dowling, R. (2008).  Registered dietitian prescriptive practices in hospitals.  J. Am. Diet .Assoc. 2008;108:1688-1692.
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