Assistant Professor of Nursing
Surgical Nutrition Support Specialist
Assistant Clinical Nutrition Director
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.
Doctoral thesis involves implementation of a program to reduce preoperative fasting times. Early postoperative feeding.
Surgical nutrition, nutrition screening and assessment.
Strong commitment to strengthening interprofessional collaboration in healthcare and in particular in the delivery of optimal nutrition.
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.
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
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