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Jerrilynn D. Burrowes

Chair, Department of NutritionProfessor of Nutrition

B.A., Fisk UniversityM.S., Ph.D., New York University


Jerrilynn D. Burrowes is a nationally recognized clinical nutrition leader in the field of kidney disease. Prior to her appointment at C.W. Post, Dr. Burrowes was the research coordinator for the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, where she was actively involved as an investigator and collaborator on one of the landmark NIH-sponsored clinical trials of morbidity and mortality in people receiving maintenance hemodialysis of the past decade, the Hemodialysis (HEMO) Study. Dr. Burrowes is the author and co-author of numerous research and review articles published in refereed journals relating to the HEMO Study and other topics. In addition, she is the co-editor of a textbook published by Humana Press in 2008 entitled “Nutrition in Kidney Disease.”

Dr. Burrowes’s research currently centers on the nutrition assessment and management of adults with Stage 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD) who are receiving maintenance dialysis. She is particularly interested in: (1) the factors that influence appetite and their effect on health outcomes; (2) the methods used to improve nutritional status, especially in geriatric patients with kidney failure; (3) the influence of culture and ethnicity on dietary adherence in dialysis patients; (4) the effect of leaching potassium from tuberous root vegetables to prepare them for consumption by culturally diverse patients with kidney failure whose dietary staples include these plant products; and (5) whether the sleep patterns of dialysis patients have implications for the development of nutritional problems or vice versa. Dr. Burrowes is also interested in evidence-based studies of complementary and alternative therapies for people with kidney failure.

Dr. Burrowes has held many leadership and advisory roles in professional organizations and societies, and she has served on numerous association committees. She has served as a member of the advisory board for the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) and the nutrition work group for the NKF Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative, which developed clinical practice guidelines in nutrition for people with CKD. Dr. Burrowes recently was nominated to the Advisory Board of the NKF Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO). Dr. Burrowes is a member of several professional organizations including the American Dietetic Association, the American Society for Nutrition, the NKF Council on Renal Nutrition (CRN) and the International Society for Renal Nutrition and Metabolism. Dr. Burrowes also was nominated to become the next editor-in-chief of the Journal of Renal Nutrition (JREN) effective Fall 2010. She currently is serving in the capacity of deputy editor of the JREN. Dr. Burrowes also served as the editor of the Nutrition Section for Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease and as the contributing editor of the Clinical Column for Nutrition Today. For her outstanding contributions to the field of kidney disease, Dr. Burrowes received the Recognized Renal Dietitian Award and the Joel D. Kopple Award from the NKF/CRN.

Dr. Burrowes earned a B.A. in biology/pre-medicine from Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., and an M.S. in foods, nutrition and dietetics, and a Ph.D. in nutrition from New York University. She is also a registered dietitian.


Nutrition in Kidney Disease, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Nutrition Research


  • Co-editor, Nutrition and Health Series: “Nutrition in Kidney Disease”
  • Co-author, “Achieving patient adherence to diet therapy,” published in “Nutritional Management of Renal Disease” (2nd ed.)
  • Author, “Issues affecting dietary adherence in chronic kidney disease,” published in “Nutrition in Kidney Disease”
  • Co-author, “Suggested resources for the practitioner,” published in “Nutrition in Kidney Disease”
  • Co-author, “Managing protein-energy wasting: The role of serum albumin in stratifying risk in dialysis patients,” a National Kidney Foundation Kidney Learning System (KLS) Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Education activity
  • Co-author, National Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Nutrition in Chronic Renal Failure
  • Author, numerous articles in the Journal of Renal Nutrition, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation, Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease and Nutrition Today
  • Co-author, numerous articles in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Kidney International and Applied Clinical Trials


  • Recipient, Joel D. Kopple Award, National Kidney Foundation, Council on Renal Nutrition
  • Recipient, Recognized Renal Dietitian Award, National Kidney Foundation, Council on Renal Nutrition


  • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education, American Dietetic Association
  • Member, National Kidney Foundation Kidney Learning System Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Education Committee
  • Member, National Kidney Foundation Board of Directors, Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO)
  • Former Member, Advisory Board, National Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (K/DOQI)
  • Former Member, Nutrition Work Group, National Kidney Foundation Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative (DOQI)
  • Deputy Editor, Journal of Renal Nutrition