Dr. Susan M. Kleiner, PHD, RD, FACN, CNS, FISSN • High Performance Nutrition

Dr. Susan KleinerSusan M. Kleiner,



Education and Awards

Dr. Kleiner earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hiram College (1979), a Master of Science in Nutrition (1982) and Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition (1987) from the Department of Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In 1982 she became a Registered Dietitian (RD) of the Commission on Dietetic Registration, and in 1992 she was one of the first Certified Nutrition Specialists (CNS) recognized by the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists.

Her research has focused on sports and cardiovascular nutrition, with a special concentration on the nutritional requirements of strength training and muscle building. She received a Young Investigator Award from the American College of Nutrition for her doctoral research on the cardiovascular disease risks of diet and anabolic steroid use in competitive male bodybuilders. More recently Dr. Kleiner’s research expertise has expanded to hydration, health and performance, and she is passionate about the nutritional needs of athletic women and girls.

After completing her doctorate, Dr. Kleiner was appointed to the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 1988, she became the first faculty member appointed by Duke University Medical Center to the newly endowed Sarah W. Stedman Center for Nutritional Studies. As an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Medicine, she served as Administrative Director for the Stedman Nutrition Center from August, 1988 to August, 1990. During that time, Dr. Kleiner also became the first Director of Nutrition for Duke University's Preventive Approach to Cardiology and the Center for Living lifestyle modification program.

Dr. Kleiner was recently honored by her alma mater, Hiram College, with the J.J. Turner Society Alumni Award for her contributions to the life sciences (2009). Dr. Kleiner was North Carolina Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year and also received the American Dietetic Association Outstanding Service Award in 1990. She is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN) and The International Society for Sports Nutrition (FISSN), and is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.


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