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Elizabeth Z. Emery, M.S., R.D., CNSC, LDN

Assistant Professor and Director, Coordinated Program in Dietetics


St. Benilde Tower 3019

Elizabeth Zorzanello Emery has practiced in the field of dietetics for nearly 30 years and is a Licensed Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Nutrition Support Clinician.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition from Drexel University and completed supervised practice at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She holds a Master of Science in Health Education from St. Joseph’s University and additional post graduate training from La Salle’s Instructional Technology Management program.

Ms. Emery joined the faculty at La Salle in 2004 after teaching at the Community College of Philadelphia and Drexel University. She has been the recipient of several teaching awards, including the Make a Difference Award given by the Drexel University Student Athletes and the Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award given by the American Dietetic Association.  She is the author of Clinical Case Studies for the Nutrition Care Process, published in 2012 by Jones and Bartlett Learning.


Medical nutrition therapy
Practicum in clinical nutrition


Emery EA:  Nutrition Diagnosis and Intervention:  A Case Report.  JADA 2007; 107:8, A-22.

King M and Emery E.  Nutrition Management of the Geriatric Patient. Support Line 2007;29:5, 21-28.

Emery LZ.  Dietary Supplements, Herbs, and Integrative Health:  Beyond the Basics.  In:  Peikin, SR. Gastrointestinal Health.  New York:  Harper Collins Perennial Currents; 2004, 171-180. 

Emery EA and King M:  Nutrition Support in a Woman with PKU and Hyperemesis Gravidarum. NCP. 2005; 20:1, 138.

Peikin S.R., with recipes by Emery, L.Z., The Complete Book of Diet Drugs.  New York: Kensington Books; 2000.

Emery E, Ahmad S et al:  Banana Flakes Control Diarrhea in Enterally Fed Patients.  NCP. 1997;12:2, 72-75.Emery E, Lankenau L, et al: Improving Outcomes for Patients with Enteral Feeding Tubes.  (Abstr)  ASPEN Clinical Congress. 1997.

Emery E & Liftman C:  Enteral Feedings for Renal Patients:  a Primer.  Renal Nutrition Forum, 1997; 16:2, 1-3, 8.

Paskin DL, Koethe J, Emery E et al:  Banana Flakes vs. Traditional Treatments for Diarrhea in Critically Ill Tube Fed Patients:  A Cost Effective Alternative (Abstr) JPEN. 1994; 18:1, 30s.

Emery L, Paskin D, and Perlmutter S:  Sorbitol as a Possible Cause of Diarrhea in an Enterally Fed Patient.  (Abstr)  ASPEN Clinical Congress.  1993; p 469.

McDeavitt JT, Emery EA, et al.:  Folate Deficiency in the Spinal Cord Injured Patient with Decubiti.  (Abstr) JamParaplegiaSoc.  1992; 15:2, 146.

Emery L, Nutritional Concerns in the long term care of Spinal Cord Injury Patients, Network 1989; 9:1, 4-5.


Registered Dietitian with the American Dietetic Association
Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Certified Nutrition Support Clinician, National Board for Nutrition Support Certification

Areas of Expertise

Medical nutrition therapy
Nutrition support


M.S., Health Education, St. Joseph’s University, 1992
B.S., Foods and Nutrition, Drexel University, 1985


Zorzanello Emery E:  Clinical Case Studies for the Nutrition Care Process. Burlington, MA:  Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2012.  ISBN 978-0-7637-6184-4.


Recognizing and Treating Malnutrition in the Home-Bound Elderly.  Philadelphia Corporation for Aging 2012 Regional Conference on Aging, Philadelphia, PA, October 4, 2012.

The Nutrition Care Process in Healthcare Communities.  Oregon Dietitians in Healthcare Communities Spring Symposium.  Live Webinar, May 24, 2012.

The Nutrition Care Process:  A Case-Based Approach.  Crozer Chester Medical Center, Chester, PA, November 9, 2011.

Teaching Nutrition Support and the Nutrition Care Process:  A Case-Based Approach.  Poster Presentation for Clinical Nutrition Week 2012, Orlando, FL, January 2012.

A.S.P.E.N. Bookstore Workshop, Clinical Nutrition Week 2012, Orlando, FL, January 23, 2012.

Specialized Nutrition Support.  Cooper University Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Camden, NJ, August 2, 2011.

Update on A.S.P.E.N. Clinical Guidelines.  Holy Redeemer Medical Center, Meadowbrook, PA, June 2009.

The Nutrition Care Process.  Crozer Chester Medical Center, Chester, PA, January 10, 2008.

Nutrition Diagnosis and Intervention:  A Case Report.  Presented at the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition, Philadelphia, PA, September 30, 2007.

The Nutrition Care Process.  Presented at Taylor Hospital, Ridley Park, PA, June 13, 2007.

What’s New in Nutrition Support? Presented at the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, Valley Forge, PA, April 22, 2004.

Practical Guide for Enteral Nutrition, Presented at the Philadelphia GI Fellows Training Group, Hotel Sofitel, Philadelphia, PA, December 3, 2003.

Nutritional Considerations:  What about herbal, botanical, and biologic therapies? Presented at the Cancer Center at Holy Redeemer Medical Center, October 18, 2002.

Nutrition for Cancer Prevention, Presented at Drexel University Retiree Reunion, Philadelphia, PA, May 5, 2002.

Nutrition for Wound Healing, Presented at Main Line Health, Bryn Mawr, PA, March 20, 2001.

Pediatric Nutritional Supplementation, Presented at Children’s Hospital Home Care, King of Prussia, PA, January 20, 2000.

Enteral Feeding in Diabetes Mellitus, Presented at Kennedy Health System, Stratford, NJ, January 5, 2000.

Managing Fluid and Electrolytes, Presented at the Dietitians in Nutrtition Support Practice Group meeting, Wynnewood, PA, 1999.

Trends in Enteral Nutrition Therapy, Presented at the Philadelphia Community College Annual Dietetics Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, April 8, 1999.

Managing Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Tubes, Presented at the Philadelphia GI Fellows Training Group Fall Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, October 18, 1995.

Honors, Awards

Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award, American Dietetic Association, 2009.

Make A Difference Award, Drexel University Student Athletes, 2004.