We are the Nutrition Services division of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), located in beautiful, historic Charleston. Our division is committed to providing the clinical knowledge and expertise to meet the health demands within our community.
Achieving balance for optimal health is challenging, as demonstrated by the fact that approximately 65 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese. The economic, physical, and social consequences are enormous.
Solving such complex problems requires applying research-driven approaches to nutrition therapy in clinical settings and disease prevention in the community. Our goal is to integrate a multidisciplinary strategy that improves the health and welfare of the South Carolina population.
Our Nutrition Services division is a multidisciplinary effort to enhance the quality of life for our patients and community through education, service, and empowerment. Our mission is to enhance the health and wellness of our patients and community through education, research, service, and clinical expertise.
Our vision is to coordinate nutrition activities across MUSC and the community and to promote partnerships that lead to effective education, research, and practice in nutrition. We will advance the accessibility of nutrition services through the innovative use of personnel and technology.
MUSC Health Nutrition Services are provided by a team of registered dietitians (RDs) who have acquired their nutrition expertise through an advanced nutrition science degree and dietetic internship program. To provide the highest level of care, dietitians managing specialty patients have received additional certifications in diabetes education and nutrition support.
The clinical nutrition organization structure is designed to integrate nutrition services into every aspect of patient care. Nutrition services are provided to inpatients and outpatients of both the pediatric and adult populations.
Guests, employees, and students have a wide variety of dining options at MUSC. Whether you are in the mood for a hot entree and vegetables or international cuisine, the food choices are seemingly endless. To assist our patrons in making wise food choices, the nutrition analysis of foods is clearly displayed. MUSC has four main dining locations available to visitors, students, and staff: University Hospital, Ashley River Tower, Rutledge Tower, and Starbucks. Multiple dining options are available at some of these locations.
Eating well during your hospital stay will contribute to a quicker and better recovery. To ensure that you eat well, Sodexo offers the patient room service system, At Your Request®. Learn more about our Patient Dining Services.
Located in the MUSC cafeteria area. Fried and grilled chicken sandwiches, salads, and waffle fries are just a few of their tempting menu items.
Open for breakfast, Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 10 a.m.
Open for lunch/dinner, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Closed Sundays
Online Meal Calculator
Located in the MUSC cafeteria area. Offers fast, fresh, custom-built grilled wraps, soups and frozen yogurt.
Open for breakfast, Monday through Friday from 7 to 10 a.m.
Open for lunch, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Freshii Nutrition Information (PDF)
Located in the MUSC cafeteria area. Offers quality burgers & fries with an original twist on retro with quality ingredients promptly built to order.
Open for lunch/dinner, Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Located at the front of the hallway leading to the MUSC cafeteria area.
Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Featuring pizza, labretti, salads, and pasta.
Order from Pandini's for your next event (PDF)
For your convenience, there are two STARBUCKS locations on the MUSC campus.
STARBUCKS COFFEE EXPRESS – Located near the main entrance of the University Hospital.
Open Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Closed Saturday and Sunday
STARBUCKS - is located outside the Ashley River Tower (ART) on Courtenay Drive.
Open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Closed Saturday and Sunday
Visitors who do not want to leave a patient's bedside, or who would like to dine with a patient can now call Pandini’s at 2-1215 and order a meal to be delivered to the patient's room.
Learn more about our catering services.
The clinical nutrition services, dietetic internship, and nutrition research areas operate through the Digestive Disease Center, under the direction of April Reeder, Digestive Disease Administrator and Dr. Karl Byrne. The three main focuses of the nutrition program are to conduct scientific research, promote sound nutrition education for health professionals, and provide effective nutrition programs throughout the community.
Digestive Disease Center Administrator
Medical Nutrition Director
Karl Byrne, MD
Nutrition Support Physician
John Maxwell, MD
Dietetic Internship Director
Kelley Martin, MPH, RD, LD
Adult Inpatient Nutrition Manager
Rachel Werkheiser, MS, RD, LD
Pediatric Clinical Nutrition/ Milk Room Manager
Kate Juergens, RD, LD, CNSC
Outpatient Clinical Nutrition Manager
Melissa Macher, RD, LD
MUSC's registered dietitians are committed to helping you achieve optimal nutrition. Please visit the links below for access to educational resources to teach you how to improve and maintain your health.
Watch videos presented by our outpatient clinical nutrition manager to learn more about healthy eating.
Keep up to date on what is new in nutrition by subscribing to our newsletters from Sodexo Food and Nutrition Dietetic Services, the Bariatric Surgery Program, and Pediatric Heart Health.
See a variety of the handouts MUSC outpatient registered dietitians regularly provide to their patients. Regardless of what your health goals are, find a new way to make healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle.
Follow the MUSC registered dietitian through this virtual grocery store tour, so you can learn how to make healthy food choices for you and your family.
If you have a question about nutrition that you would like to ask a registered dietitian, use this tool. Your question will be answered by email.