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Lori Cherok serves as the Interim Director for the Nutrition Science Program and teaches courses in both the Nutrition Science and Dietitian Nutritionist Programs. Cherok currently teaches the undergraduate and graduate-level medical nutrition therapy courses and the nutrition assessment course. She also serves as an academic advisor in both programs. Cherok's specific areas of interest include medical nutrition therapy for individuals with gastrointestinal disease, critical illness and nutrition support. Cherok's clinical experience as a Registered Dietitian includes working with patients undergoing treatment related to critical illness, organ transplantation, trauma and gastrointestinal disease. Cherok is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Pittsburgh Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians in Nutrition Support Professional Practice Group, Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors Group, American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and the Greater Pittsburgh Area Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. She served as the Continuing Education Approval Co-Chair for the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation from 2020-2022, 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.

Cherok has received her B.S. in Applied Nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh. Cherok has earned her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health in April 2018. Her dissertation was titled “Folate and Iron Status in Women of Childbearing Age after Bariatric Surgery”.

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.


Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition


Dietitian Nutritionist Program
Nutrition Science

Education & Training

  • MS, University of Pittsburgh
  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh


  • Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award (NDEP Area 6), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2014
  • Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year, Pennsylvania Dietetic Association, 2004

Research Interests

  • Micronutrient deficiencies following bariatric surgery
  • Nutrition therapy in gastrointestinal disease
  • Nutrition support