Dr. Lingtak-Neander Chan Takes the Helm as ASPEN’s 43rd President

Lingtak_NewASPEN, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, announces that Lingtak-Neander Chan, PharmD, BCNSP, has taken office as its President for the 2019-2020 term. He assumes the leadership role from Nilesh Mehta, MD, who served as ASPEN’s 42nd President. 

Dr. Chan is a professor of pharmacy in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Washington, a member of its Interdisciplinary Faculty of the Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences, and a full faculty member of the University’s Graduate School. He mentors graduate students across disciplines, including the Nutritional Sciences Program at the UW School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Dr. Chan is a Board-Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist. He recently completed his term as the chair of the Specialty Council in Nutrition Support for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.

Dr. Chan’s primary research focus is on the absorption kinetics of micronutrients and drugs after bariatric surgery and other GI tract repairs. He is also interested in micronutrient deficiencies, critical care nutrition, and general health and nutritional management after bariatric and intestinal surgery. 

An active member of ASPEN since 1996 and Board member for the past three years, Dr. Chan has chaired the Research Committee, served as an associate editor for the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and has been a regular presenter at the ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice Conferences. He previously served as the director of education on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

Dr. Chan received ASPEN’s Distinguished Nutrition Support Pharmacist Service Award in 2013 in recognition of his contributions to the Association and his leadership roles at both the local and national level.

“Dr. Chan is a passionate and effective educator, as indicated by the graduate students at the University of Washington twice presenting him with the School of Pharmacy’s Gibaldi Excellence in Teaching Award. ASPEN will benefit from his experience and leadership as we work to improve and expand the field of nutritional support,” said ASPEN CEO Wanda Johnson, CMP, CAE, FACEhp.

“I believe there is a lack of training programs in nutrition support therapy for healthcare professionals at all levels, especially in connecting science and practice. This creates unnecessary barriers in optimizing patient care. There is a need for integrated training programs that not only expand patient care skills but also focus on competency and professional accountability,” said Dr. Chan. “ASPEN is uniquely positioned to break down these barriers and provide the training that will not only enhance the field but also attract new professionals.”  

For more information about ASPEN, its Board of Directors, publications, and training programs, visit www.nutritioncare.org.

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About the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of nutrition support therapy and metabolism. Founded in 1976, ASPEN is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. With more than 6,500 members from around the world, ASPEN is a community of dietitians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physicians, scientists, students, and other health professionals from every facet of nutrition support clinical practice, research, and education. For more information about ASPEN, please visit www.nutritioncare.org/.