Read more about our current featured member below. For previous Member Spotlight editions, head over to the archive.
Samantha Diamond, MS, RD
Outpatient Oncology Dietitian
Tell us about your job.
My role as the outpatient oncology dietitian is to provide nutrition assessments and nutrition education to cancer patients of all types. The primary goal in outpatient is malnutrition prevention whether that means using alternate means of nutrition like enteral feeding, providing education on increasing calories and protein, or adjusting pancreatic enzymes to make up for pancreatic insufficiency.
What do you find most interesting about your job?
The variety of different forms of nutritional care make it very interesting and rewarding. I love educating patients on cancer/disease prevention then switching into the role of nutrition support all in the same day. It is also very rewarding to work with these patients throughout this difficult time in their life to help them get through treatment and hopefully get better.
How did you get into this field?
I actually got into outpatient oncology straight out of my dietetic internship. Oncology nutrition has always been an interest of mine so I was fortunate to have entered this role right away.
Where were you born and raised?
Where did you go to college and/or complete an internship?
I completed my MS in Human Nutrition at Drexel University in Philadelphia then completed my dietetic internship at VCU Health, where I work now!
Besides your profession, what are you hobbies?
I love going for hikes in the Shenandoah Valley and read constantly.
What are your favorite foods?
Cannolis are hands down my favorite food but avocado toast is a close second.
What is on your bucket list?
I’d love to backpack through Europe. I went on a school trip to Europe my senior year of high school but I would love to experience it again as an adult.
How long have you been a member of NEP DPG? And why did you join?
I joined NEP DPG this year with goal of learning how to help others, my patients included, interpret nutrition information and put it into practice.