Jensen appointed head of Department of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Health and Human Development

December 8, 2006

Gordon Jensen, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Human Nutrition, has been appointed head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the Penn State College of Health and Human Development.

photo of Gordon JensenJensen is both a physician and a highly-respected researcher and educator. Board-certified in Nutrition and Internal Medicine, he oversees adult nutrition support interventions at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and conducts outpatient clinics for malnourished patients. He frequently treats patients who suffer from severe weight loss, anorexia, pancreatitis, bowel obstruction, and other intestinal disorders. Jensen’s research focuses on geriatric nutrition concerns, including obesity in older adults and nutrition assessment and nutritional status in elderly populations. In addition, Jensen teaches both medical and graduate students. He formerly served as director of a Nutrition Support Fellowship Program and developed a curriculum in clinical nutrition for medical students.

“I am delighted that Dr. Jensen will be joining the Department of Nutritional Sciences,” said Fred Vondracek, professor and interim dean of the College of Health and Human Development. “Dr. Jensen has an excellent reputation in both the medical and academic communities. His accomplishments as a physician, researcher, and educator make him well-suited to assume this role.”

Jensen joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1998 and was named director of the Vanderbilt Center for Human Nutrition, which provides patient care in addition to nutrition research and education, in 1999. Prior to that, he spent ten years at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania and was an adjunct associate professor of nutrition at Penn State.

Jensen is immediate past president of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and is an active member of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition and the American Society for Nutritional Sciences.

Jensen received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College. He completed his residency training in internal medicine and his fellowship training in nutrition at New England Deaconess Hospital. In addition, Jensen received an M.S. in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire and a B.S. in Biology from Penn State.

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