Lori Cherok serves as the Director of the undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics. She teaches the undergraduate and graduate level medical nutrition therapy courses and the nutrition in the life cycle course for the Nutrition and Dietetics program. She also serves as an academic advisor. Her specific areas of interest include medical nutrition therapy for patients with gastrointestinal disease, nutritional deficiencies after bariatric surgery, and nutrition support for critically ill patients. Cherok's clinical experience as a dietitian includes working with patients undergoing treatment related to critical illness, organ transplantation, trauma, and gastrointestinal disease. She is currently certified in nutrition support.
Cherok is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Pittsburgh Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and the Dietitians in Nutrition Support practice group. Cherok received the Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award (for NDEP Area 6) from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2014 and the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year from the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association in 2004. She served as the Local Arrangements Co-Chair for the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association Annual Meeting Planning Committee in 2009-2010 and the Nominating Chair for the Pittsburgh Dietetic Association in 2007-2008. She is currently a doctoral student in the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology.