August 18, 2016, Silver Spring, MD — The former president of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), Daniel Teitelbaum, MD, FASPEN, lost his battle with glioblastoma yesterday. Dr. Teitelbaum was an influential figure in the field of clinical nutrition and a revered member of ASPEN. He possessed an international reputation for his interest and work in the surgical care of infants and children with Hirschsprung disease, colorectal anomalies, short bowel syndrome and intestinal failure.
“Dr. Teitelbaum challenged the entire community to support and grow our commitment in order to ensure the future of the field,” said ASPEN’s immediate past president, Dr. Gordon Sacks. “This is an enormous loss; his leadership, insights and contributions to our field will be missed greatly.”
Dr. Teitelbaum was a surgery professor at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Medical Director for Homecare Services for the University of Michigan Health System. He also served as the Co-Director of the Mott Children’s Hospital Children’s Rehabilitation Program, one of the largest such rehabilitation programs in the country, and was the Director of the Pediatric Colorectal Specialty Clinic and the Program Director for Pediatric Surgery.
At the University of Michigan, Dr. Teitelbaum oversaw an active research laboratory focused on many of the complications associated with the nutritional care of patients with a particular emphasis on individuals with short bowel syndrome and intestinal failure.
Beginning his work at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor of Surgery in 1992, Dr. Teitelbaum became an Associate Professor in 1999, and a full Professor of Surgery in 2004. He held board certifications in Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and General Surgery.
Dr. Teitelbaum earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and received his medical degree at the Ohio State College of Medicine in Columbus. He trained in General Surgery at the Ohio State University Hospital and completed his training in Pediatric Surgery at Columbus Children's Hospital.
Throughout the course of his prestigious career, Dr. Teitelbaum was the recipient of more than 20 grants and more than 25 professional awards. He served on the ASPEN Board of Directors from 2010-2015, with the final year of his service as President.
In celebration of his life and numerous clinical contributions, the ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation announced during Clinical Nutrition Week 2016 that it has named one of its grants the Daniel H. Teitelbaum Grant in honor of his incredible contributions to the field.
“Our hearts go out to Dan’s family,” continued Sacks. “The ASPEN community will do all that we can to honor his memory.”
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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 http://www.nutritioncare.org.