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Kate Willcutts, MS, RD, CNSC

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Surgical Nutrition Support Specialist
Assistant Clinical Nutrition Director

Department: Family, Community & Mental Health Systems

Office: UVA Hospital
Email: kfw3w@Virginia.EDU
Fax: (434) 924-2787

Kate Willcutts is a registered dietitian/nutritionist and has been teaching nutrition since 1993 at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She is employed with the University of Virginia Health System as a surgical nutrition dietitian and she manages 14 clinical dietitians. She is also the Nutrition Thread leader for the School of Medicine and is pursuing her doctorate in clinical nutrition through Rutgers University.

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Research Focus

Doctoral thesis involves implementation of a program to reduce preoperative fasting times. Early postoperative feeding.

Clinical Focus

Surgical nutrition, nutrition screening and assessment.

Teaching Focus

Strong commitment to strengthening interprofessional collaboration in healthcare and in particular in the delivery of optimal nutrition.


Journal Articles

Willcutts, K., Touger-Decker, R. (2013). Nutrition management in ostomates. Topics in Clinical Nutrition, 28(4), 373-383.

Willcutts, K., & Ziegler, J. (2013). Preoperative fasting with a focus on carbohydrate drinks. Support Line, 35(1), 3-8.

Willcutts, K. (2013). Total gastrectomy: a challenging nutrition support case. Support Line, 35(3), 13-19.

Phillips, W., Willcutts, K. & Quatrara, B. (2013). Malnutrition prevalence study utilizing NutritionDay in the U.S. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 113(9), A24. doi:10.1016/j.jand.2013.06.071

Willcutts, K. (2010). Pre-op NPO and traditional post-op diet advancement: time to move on. Practical Gastroenterology, XXIV(12), 16-27.

Willcutts, K. (2010). The art of fistuloclysis: nutritional management of enterocutaneous fistulas. Practical Gastroenterology, XXXIV(9), 47-56.

Willcutts, K., Brody, R. (2010). Parenteral nutrition and staged spinal surgery. Support Line, 32, 18-21.

Krenitsky,J.,Willcutts,K. (2006). Indirect calorimetry: clinical applications in critically ill patients. Support Line, 28(5), 13.

Willcutts,K.,Scarano,K.,Eddins,C. W. (2005). Ostomies and Fistulas: A Collaborative Approach. Practical Gastroenterology, 29(11), 63.

Schulman,A. S.,Willcutts,K. F.,Claridge,J. A.,Evans,H. L.,Radigan,A. E.,O'Donnell,K. B.,Camden,J. R.,Chong,T. W.,McElearney,S. T.,Smith,R. L.,Gazoni,L. M.,Farinholt,H. M.,Heuser,C. C.,Lowson,S. M.,Schirmer,B. D.,Young,J. S.,Sawyer,R. G. (2005). Does the addition of glutamine to enteral feeds affect patient mortality? Critical care medicine, 33(11), 2501-2506.

Saalwachter,A. R.,Evans,H. L.,Willcutts,K. F.,O'Donnell,K. B.,Radigan,A. E.,McElearney,S. T.,Smith,R. L.,Chong,T. W.,Schirmer,B. D.,Pruett,T. L.,Sawyer,R. G. (2004). A nutrition support team led by general surgeons decreases inappropriate use of total parenteral nutrition on a surgical service.. American Surgeon, 70(12), 1107-1111.

Willcutts,K.,Minasi,J. S. (2000). Use of B vitamins to reduce homocysteine in chronic mesenteric ischemia. Nutrition in Clinical Practice, 15(4), 171-173.

Willcutts,K. F.,Wilcox,A. R.,Grunewald,K. K. (1988). Energy metabolism during exercise at different time intervals following a meal.. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 9(3), 240-243.

Book Sections

Willcutts,K. (2009). Nutritional Problems. In Nettina,S. M. (Ed.), Lippincott manual of nursing practice (pp. ). Ambler, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Willcutts,K.,O'Donnell,K. B. (2007). Surgical diets(1st). In Marian,M., Russell,M.,Shikora,S. A. (Ed.), Clinical Nutrition for Surgical Patients (pp. 23-30). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Publishers

Parrish,C. R.,Krenitsky,J.,Willcutts,K. (2007). Nutrition support for the mechanically ventilated patient. In Burns,S. (Ed.), AACN Protocols of Practice: Care of mechanically ventilated patients (pp. 191-252). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett


  • Certified Nutrition Support Dietitian (CNSD) issued by American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, valid 1995-2011

Professional Service

  • Virginia Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
  • American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Dietitians in Nutrition Support
  • Clinical Nutrition Management

Awards & Honors

  • Corinne H Robinson Graduate Scholarship, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation (2012)
  • Dietitians in Nutrition Support Continuing Education Award, (2012)
  • ADA 2010 Outstanding Dietetic Intern Preceptor for Area 6, (2010)
  • Anne Pollok Hemmings Clinical Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Virginia School of Nursing (2010)
  • Shining the Light of Patient Care Excellence Award, University of Virginia Hospital (2002)
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