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Mary Ellen DiPaola, RD, CDE, IBCLC

Mary Ellen DiPaola, RD, CDE, IBCLC

  • UCSF Outpatient Dietitian

Contact Information

Nutrition & Food Service
505 Parnassus Avenue, M-294
San Francisco, CA 94143-0212
415-353-2788 extension 5
[email protected]
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San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California. Successfully completed twenty-eight graduate units towards a Masters of Science degree in Counseling. September 1992-1996.
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana. Successfully completed an accelerated general dietetic internship program to include six graduate units in diet therapy and administration. July-December, 1985.
University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. Bachelor of Science Degree, Dietetic/Nutrition major. September 1978-June 1982.

  • Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators.
  • Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Certificate of Weight Management.
  • International Board of Lactation Certified Examiners
  • Member of Academy of Nutrition & Dietitics Practice Groups: Weight Management, Renal Nutrition, Diabetes Care & Education, Pediatric Nutrition

Mary Ellen DiPaola, RD, CDE, IBCLC has been a registered dietitian for over 25 years and has been employed by UCSF since 2007.  She is a certified diabetes educator and international board certified lactation consultant.  Her experience has been in the hospital outpatient setting providing medical nutrition therapy and counseling for weight management, diabetes, renal disease, cardiac health, gastrointestinal disorders, women health and infant/pediatric feeding issues. 

Mary Ellen has been the dietitian for UCSF Bariatric Surgery Clinic since October, 2011, and participates in the bariatric support group to include periodic nutrition and behavior change education.  She provides nutrition evaluation and weight management nutrition counseling for patients prior to pre-bariatric surgery, as well as medical nutrition therapy and counseling for  post-bariatric surgery patients.  Her training and experience in weight management includes a focus on individualized, realistic goal setting for permanent lifestyle change to aid positive weight management outcomes for improved health and well-being.

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