Karen Sudders, MS, RD, LDN
Manager Clinical Nutrition; Clinical Oncology Dietitian
Eastern Regional Medical Center
"My overall goal for patients is to help them maintain positive quality of life as they undergo cancer treatment. I help patients make appropriate dietary choices and maintain nutritional balance, as well as manage symptoms and side effects of treatment."
- Karen Sudders, MS, RD, LDN
- MS, Food & Nutrition - Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
- BS, Food & Nutrition - Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- Dietetic Internship - Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- Registered & Licensed Dietitian
- Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition
Practicing Since: 2007
In October 2009, registered and licensed dietitian Karen Sudders joined the team of clinical oncology dietitians/nutritionists at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center. She wanted to be part of an establishment where the number one concern was the care of patients. That’s precisely what she found at CTCA®.
Sudders is now the manager of the nutrition department where she divides her time between leading their team and managing the needs of her patients.
"CTCA is a place filled with love and hope," says Sudders. "Walking through the door every morning, I know I am doing my best to make a difference in someone’s life."
She helps patients maintain positive nutritional health during treatment by providing dietary guidance through menu planning, tips on controlling treatment side effects and overall diet education. When necessary, Sudders also provides alternative nutrition therapy through enteral and parenteral support.
"Appropriate nutritional balance during cancer treatment is correlated with not only positive quality of life, but also minimizing treatment side effects," she says.
A Philadelphia native, Sudders grew up a few blocks away from the hospital. She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in food and nutrition. She also completed a dietetic internship through the university.
In her free time Sudders enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with her husband and daughter.