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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Amy Gholsten, MS, RD, CSO

Clinical Oncology Dietitian

CTCA Chicago

"I work with patients and caregivers to optimize patients’ nutritional intake and use nutrition therapy to minimize various treatment side effects."

- Amy Gholsten, MS, RD, CSO


  • MS, Nutrition & Dietetics - Northern Illinois University, DeKalb
  • BS, Family & Consumer Science - Bradley University, Peoria, IL


  • Board Certified, Oncology - Commission of Dietetic Registration
  • Registered & Licensed Dietitian

Practicing since: 2011

“I love being part of a team that shares the same vision, work ethic and drive to help our patients,” says Amy Gholsten, a clinical oncology dietitian at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Chicago.

Gholsten earned a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer science with a concentration in dietetics at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. She then completed a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. As part of her academic training, she completed an internship in dietetics.

During her graduate studies, Gholsten worked as a graduate assistant at the School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences at Northern Illinois University, providing lab instruction and food safety training for undergraduates. From 2011 to 2014, Gholsten worked as a registered dietitian in the oncology unit of a large regional hospital in Florida. She provided nutritional assessments, patient education, nutrition therapy and recommendations for nutrition interventions. She also worked as an adjunct nutrition instructor at Pensacola State College in Florida. She joined CTCA® in May 2014.

Board certified in oncology, Gholsten is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group.

At CTCA, Gholsten works specifically with patients who have gynecologic cancers. Her first priority is listening to patients to learn about their eating habits, lifestyles, needs and concerns. She then helps patients optimize their nutritional intake and use nutrition therapy to help reduce side effects from treatment. Her overall goal is to provide comfort, encouragement and nutritional support.

“Often there is more than one way to optimize nutrition,” says Gholsten. “My goal is to work with patients and families to allow them to decide what approaches work best for them.”

Outside of CTCA, Gholsten enjoys running, biking, spending time outdoors, cooking, baking and spending time with her family.

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Star ratings and comments are only available for medical, radiation and gynecologic oncologists. Gynecologic surgical offerings are not included at this time due to a different survey tool required to evaluate these services. CTCA uses a validated Press Ganey® survey, which captures patient experience feedback for the primary oncology services of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Following industry best practice, star ratings and comments are only published for physicians with a minimum of 30 completed patient surveys.

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