Kathryn Keim, PhD, RD, LDN

Department of Clinical Nutrition, College of Health Sciences
Role: Department Chair
Joined Rush in February 2005



I am Professor and Chair of Clinical Nutrition and came to Rush in February 2005 from Oklahoma State University. I have also held positions at four other universities. My primary role has been in teaching Nutrition, Medical Nutrition Therapy and Nutrition Counseling and Education. My research includes the students in Clinical Nutrition and is focused on diabetes education and childhood obesity.


What inspired you to get into your field?

I have type 1 diabetes, and, when I was a child, there were no registered dietitians who really knew what to do to help a child with diabetes learn how to eat.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

I like working with good students.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

I believe that a mentor is useful only when the mentee asks.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Get your PhD.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I have started quilting, but, since that takes more time than I have, I spend a lot of time reading and collecting antiques.