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Virginia A. Stallings, MD
Virginia A. Stallings
Director, Nutrition Center

Dr. Stallings is working on intervention trials involving three chronic diseases with nutrition-related abnormalities resulting in meaningful adverse outcomes: cystic fibrosis (new drugs), sickle cell disease (vitamin A) and chronic pancreatitis (enzyme replacement drug).



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Dr. Stallings is a pediatrician, physician-scientist, and a specialist in therapeutic nutrition, dietary intake and body composition, and health. Over the past 25 years, her research interests have been in areas of nutrition-related abnormalities in people with chronic disease including: chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell disease, cerebral palsy, Crohn's disease, congenital heart disease, obesity, and osteoporosis.

This work has been continuously funded by the NIH, foundations, and industry, and it has resulted in more than 300 publications and clinical research training opportunities for many pediatric subspecialty fellows and early career faculty.

In addition to conducting well-designed clinical research, Dr. Stallings has ongoing experience in translating medical and nutritional science into clinical care and policy through her work at the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine). She has received research, teaching, and service awards from the American Society of Nutrition, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Academy of Science. These activities reflect her expertise and commitment to clinical research and nutrition-related outcomes to improve the health of patients with diagnosis related malnutrition.

Here are some examples of Dr. Stallings's notable accomplishments:

  • Published more than 45 scientific and clinical guideline publications in the field of nutrition and cystic fibrosis and more than 25 in the field of nutrition and sickle cell disease that resulted in improvements in clinical care and outcomes
  • Made contributions to the understanding of the determinants of growth – from failure to thrive to obesity – in infants, children, and adolescents
  • Was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and chaired committee reports that changed the nutrition quality of the federal WIC program, School Lunch and Breakfast programs, Food Allergy Safety, and Potassium and Sodium Dietary Reference Intakes for the United States and Canada


Education and Training

BS, Auburn University (Nutrition and Foods), 1972

MS, Cornell University (Nutrition/Biochemistry), 1975

MD, University of Alabama-Birmingham, 1979

Fellowship, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto (Nutrition), 1985

Titles and Academic Titles

Director, Nutrition Center

Jean A. Cortner Endowed Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology

Professor of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics, 1987-

American Society for Nutrition (formerly American Society for Clinical Nutrition), 1989-

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, 1997-

Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine), 1997-

American Pediatric Society, 2005-

Society for Pediatric Research, 2005-

Professional Awards

E.V. McCollum Award for Clinical Research, American Society for Nutrition, 2006

David Rall Medal, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, 2011

Reeves Distinguished Visiting Professor in Nutrition, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 2013

Fellow, American Society of Nutrition, 2016

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