Molly DePrenger, MS, RD, LDN

Department of Clinical Nutrition, College of Health Sciences
Role: Clinician
Joined Rush in 2013


I’m a registered dietitian working in the Rush Center for Weight Loss and Lifestyle Medicine. I have worked in bariatric surgery and weight loss since graduating from Rush in 2015.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I applied to the Rush Master’s Program seeking the best education to help people live their healthiest best lives through nutrition.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

Every little win I get to experience with patients is so energizing. I also have a lot of fun with coworkers daily and learn from their examples and their best practices.

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

I lead a nationwide mentoring program for dietitians in weight management and bariatric surgery and notice that I often benefit as a mentor equally or more than the mentees I work with.

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

Dietitians hold many roles within and without healthcare settings. Job shadowing is a very valuable way to identify potential roles of interest. Say yes to all research opportunities because this is one of the best ways to learn and grow after finishing your formal schooling.

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

I love to cook, to bake and go on walks in my neighborhood. In addition, I am attempting to run 50 marathons in 50 states.