Maria Boosalis

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Undergraduate Health Sciences
Standard Process Nutrition Endowed Chair
Undergraduate Health Sciences

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Currently Teaching (2017-2018)

I am thrilled to be at Northwestern Health Sciences University and be an integral part of the new Master of Health Science and Graduate Certificate Programs in Applied Clinical Nutrition. I believe our health is our wealth - so one of our roles as healthcare professionals is to help individuals maximize and optimize theirs!

I began my career path at the University of Minnesota as an undergraduate in the Nutrition and Dietetics program. It seemed like a logical choice - I already knew a great deal about healthy eating since our family had a homestyle cafe which had the motto "Good Food is Good Health." Moreover, I was always fascinated as well as intrigued by how our body worked and in particular, how what we ate actually affected our health. That fascination still continues today.

Along this career path, in addition to becoming a registered and licensed dietitian, I also received a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley and completed my doctorate in nutrition at the University of Minnesota with a goal of making nutrition education available and relevant to healthcare professionals.

Throughout my career, I also provided nutritional counseling to individuals in various clinical settings, conditions and ages along with teaching at the professional/graduate level, both online and face-to-face, and conducting research. Some of the settings I was privileged to work at include the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, the Minnesota Department of Health, the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and the University of Kentucky, Lexington. I was also fortunate to have received the John M. Kinney International Award for Nutrition and Metabolism for one of my research publications.

As many of you realize, nutrition plays an important role in all aspects of health and wellness, including the prevention, treatment, management of many chronic diseases and public health nutrition concerns such as obesity and its related co-morbidities. In addition, keeping up with the new nutrition-related information that emerges daily can be challenging.

One of my goals for our educational programs in applied clinical nutrition is to provide you, as practicing and future healthcare/wellness professionals, the information and skills necessary to optimize the nutritional health of your patients and clientele within your discipline’s scope of practice. Another goal is to give you a strong foundation in applied clinical nutrition to be able to decipher the fads and fiction from the evidence-based science and research and apply the latter for the optimal care and well being of your patients and clientele. I look forward to working with you towards this end and to help you reach and fulfill your career goals.


  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Minnesota, 1984


Peer-Reviewed Journals

Boosalis MG. The role of selenium in chronic disease. Nutrition in Clinical Practice. 2008;23(2):152-160.

Boosalis MG. Nutrition 'pearls' through the lifecycle. Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association. 2008;106(1):13-16.

Henry S, Courtney A, Tietyien J, Jenkin T, Siddens B, Sowders L, Clasey J, Boosalis MG. Prevalence of childhood obesity in Kentucky 2003. Journal of Kentucky Medical Association. 2004;102:48-52. Erratum published April 2004:162.

Cheatham M, Boosalis, MG, Boissonneault GA. Use of a computer tutorial on nutritional assessment by three different groups of health professions students. J Allied Health. 2002;31(4):252-255.

McClain CJ, McClain M, Barve S, Boosalis MG. Trace metals and the elderly. Clin Geratri Med. 2002;18:801-818.

Pearce K, Boosalis, MG, Yeager B. Update on vitamin supplements for the prevention of coronary disease and stroke. American Family Physician. 2000;62:1359-66.

Stiles NJ, Boosalis MG, Thompson K, Stinnett D, Rayens MK. Nutrition telemedicine consultation for rural elders. Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly. 1998;18(1):47-55.

Boosalis MG. Invited commentary on: A prospective analysis of serum vitamin K in severely burned pediatric patients. J Burn Care Rehabil. 1998;19:73-74.

Boosalis MG. The acute phase response and plasma carotenoid concentrations in older women: findings from the Nun Study: Background.  Nutrition. 1998;14(1):72-75.

Ridings H, Rapp D, Boosalis M, Pomeroy C. Primary care management of adult obesity. Physician Assistant. 1998;22(4):35-57.

Boosalis MG, Snowdon DA, Tully CL, Gross MD. The acute phase response and plasma carotenoid concentrations in older women: findings from the Nun Study. Nutrition. 1996;12(7/8):475-478.

Stiles N, Boosalis M, Bowen J. A Geriatric Nutrition Clinic: Addressing the nutritional needs of the elderly through an interdisciplinary team. J Nutr Elderly. 1996;15(3):33-42.

Stiles NJ, Boosalis MG. A case report of zinc deficiency in an elder. Clinical Laboratory Science. 1995;8:39-42.

Boosalis MG, Stiles NJ. Nutritional assessment in elders: biochemical analyses. Clinical Laboratory Science. 1995;8:31-33.

Boosalis MG, Shippee R, Talwalker R, McClain CJ. Topical silver sulfadiazine decreases plasma copper and ceruloplasmin in a rat model of thermal injury. J Trace Elem in Exper Med. 1995;7:119-124.

McClain CJ, McClain ML, Boosalis MG, Hennig B. Zinc and the stress response. Scand J Work Environ Health. 1993;19 (Suppl 1):132-33.

Boosalis MG, Gemayel N, Lee A, Bray GA, Laine L, Cohen H. Cholecystokinin and satiety: Effect of hypothalamic obesity and gastric bubble insertion. Am J Physiol. 1992;262 (Regulatory Integrative Comp. Physiol 31): R241-R244.

Boosalis MG, Gray D, Walker S, Sutliff S, Talwalker R, Mazumder A. The acute phase response in autologous bone marrow transplantation. J Med. 1992;23(3/4):175-193.

Boosalis MG, McCall JT, Solem LD, Cerra FB, McClain CJ.  Urinary zinc excretion in thermal injury: Potential mechanisms. J Lab Clin Med. 1991;118:538-545.

Hu E, Groshen S, Watkins K, Chen SC, Malloy B, Agah R, Nichols P, Martin A, Mazumder A, Boosalis MG. Phase I study of combination recombinant interleukin-2 and gamma interferon in patients with advanced malignancies. Mol Biother. 1990;2(2): 96-103.

Boosalis MG, Ott L, Levine AS, Slag M, Morley JE, Young B, McClain CJ. The relationship of visceral proteins to nutritional status in chronic and acute stress. Crit Care Med. 1989;17(8):741-747.

Boosalis MG, Edlund D, Moudry B, Konstantinides FN, Solem LD, Cerra FB. Circulating blood and 24-hour urinary levels of water soluble vitamins:  Are current intravenous multivitamin preparations adequate? Nutrition. 1988;4(6):1-8.

Boosalis MG, McCall JT, Solem LD, Ahrenholz DH, McClain CJ. Serum zinc response in thermal injury. J Am Coll Nutr. 1988;7(1):69-76.

Boosalis MG, McCall JT, Solem LD, Ahrenholz DH, McClain CJ. Serum and urinary silver levels in thermal injury. Surgery. 1987;101:40-43.

Boosalis MG, McCall JT, Solem LD, Ahrenholz DH, McClain CJ. Serum copper and ceruloplasmin and urinary copper levels in thermal injury. Am. J Clin Nutr. 1986;44:899-906.

Boosalis MG, McCall JT, McClain CJ, Ahrenholz DH, Solem LD. Serum and urinary selenium levels in thermal injury. Burns. 1986;12:236-240.

Niewoehner CB, Allen JI, Boosalis MG, Levine AS, Morley JE. The role of zinc supplementation in Type II Diabetes Mellitus. Am J Med. 1986;81:63-68.

Allen JI, Bell E, Boosalis MG, Oken MM, McClain CJ, Levine AS, Morley JE. Association between urinary zinc excretion and lymphocyte dysfunction in patients with lung cancer. Am J Med. 1985;79:209-215.

Boosalis MG, Evans GW, McClain CJ. Impaired handling of orally administered zinc in pancreatic insufficiency. Am J Clin Nutr. 1983;37:268-271.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Gorman LS, Boosalis MG. Nutritional Assessment. In: Bishop ML, Fody EP, Schoeff LE, eds. Clinical Chemistry. 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2013:680-702.

Boosalis MG. Nutrition AssessmentIn: Rosenbloom CA, Coleman EJ, eds. Sports Nutrition: A Practice Manual for Professionals. 5th Edition. Chicago, IL: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2012:165-179.

Gorman LS, Boosalis MG. Nutrition Assessment. In: Bishop ML, Fody EP, Schoeff LE, eds. Clinical Chemistry. 6th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2010:651-672.

Boosalis MG. Fatty Acids in Convenience Foods. In: Chow CK, ed. Fatty Acids in Foods and their Health Implications. 3rd edition. New York, NY: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group; 2008:335-376.

Boosalis MG, Brickell JM. Assessment of Nutrition and Digestive Function. In: Arneson W, Brickell J, eds. Clinical Chemistry: A Laboratory Perspective. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Publishers; 2007.

Boosalis MG. Vitamins. In: Matarese LE, Gottschlich MM, eds. Contemporary Nutrition Support Practice: A Clinical Guideline. 2nd edition. Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders; 2003:145-163.

Sebastian J, Boosalis MG. Nutritional Aspects of Home Health Care. In: Martinson IM, Widmer A, Portillio CJ, eds. Home Health Care Nursing. Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders; 2002:140-179.

Boosalis MG. Micronutrients. In: The Science and Practice of Nutrition Support: A Case-Based Core Curriculum. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company Inc; 2001:85-106.

Boosalis MG. Fatty Acids in Convenience Foods. In: Chow CK, ed. Fatty Acids in Foods and their Health Implications-Revised and Expanded. New York, NY: Mercel Dekker Inc.; 2000.

Boosalis MG. Vitamins. In: Matarese LE, Gottschlich MM, eds. Contemporary Nutrition Support Practice: A Clinical Guideline. Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders; 1998:145-162.

Boosalis MG, Stiles NJ. Nutritional Needs of the Elderly. In: Dembo J, ed. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America. Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders; May 1996;8(2):199-206.

Boosalis MG, Stuart MA, McClain CJ. Zinc metabolism in the elderly. In: Morley JE, Glick Z, Rubenstein LZ, eds. Geriatric Nutrition: A Comprehensive Review. New York, NY: Raven Press;1995.

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