Lori Cherok serves as the Interim Director for the Nutrition Science Program. She teaches courses in both the Nutrition Science and Dietitian Nutritionist programs. Dr. Cherok 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. Her specific areas of interest include medical nutrition therapy for individuals with gastrointestinal disease, critical illness and nutrition support. Dr. Cherok's clinical experience as a Registered Dietitian includes working with patients undergoing treatment related to critical illness, organ transplantation, trauma and gastrointestinal disease.
Dr. 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. Dr. 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.
Dr. Cherok received her BS in Applied Nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University and her MS in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh. She 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”.