Cristina Swartz, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC
Clinical Oncology Dietitian
Midwestern Regional Medical Center
"I learn about my patients as unique individuals so I can provide personalized nutritional care."
- Cristina Swartz, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC
- MS, Clinical Nutrition - Rush University, Chicago
- BS, Dietetics, Kinesiology & Health - Miami University, Oxford, OH
- Dietetic Internship - Rush University Medical Center
- Registered & Licensed Dietitian
- Certified Nutrition Support Clinician
Practicing Since: 2012
Clinical oncology dietitian Cristina Swartz was inspired to join Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) because of its multidisciplinary approach to fighting cancer. She says, “Working closely with other clinicians expands my awareness of what our patients need.”
Swartz obtained a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, kinesiology and health at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her undergraduate training included a dietetic internship with the university’s Culinary Support Center. From 2010 to 2012, she studied clinical nutrition at Rush University, completing a master’s degree and an internship in dietetics at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
During her internship, Swartz provided nutrition therapy to patients in surgical, neurological and medical intensive care units, addressing daily concerns regarding diet and overall health. She also managed a 100-bed geriatric rehabilitation unit, assessing and modifying diets for long-term care, and supervised food preparation areas for a large inpatient hospital. She also worked with outpatients, recommending nutrition guidelines to follow post-treatment. She received the John E. Ware Patient Experience Award for her master’s thesis research focused on breast cancer survivors.
Swartz also gained experience providing nutrition therapy in a home-nursing setting, assisting individuals with dietary interventions and monitoring outcomes of such interventions.
Swartz joined CTCA in January 2013. At CTCA, Swartz integrates nutrition therapy into patients’ overall care plans, working closely with gastrointestinal specialists and other clinicians. Swartz also works with patients and their caregivers, making sure her recommendations fit patients’ lifestyle needs and preferences. She says, “I want my patients to be healthy and continue to enjoy their lives and their favorite meals as much as possible.”
Swartz is a certified nutrition support clinician and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Chicago Dietetic Association.
In her spare time, Swartz enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family, which now includes her best friend from grade school, whom she married in 2013.