Kolasa appointed to global forum

East Carolina University professor and dietitian Dr. Kathryn Kolasa has been appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. Kolasa will represent the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


The forum has 45 members from around the world. A planning meeting was held this month, and the first forum session will be in August. The goal of the forum is to generate discussion of the education of health professionals and evaluate innovative approaches to education.

Kolasa’s appointment began March 1 and continues through February 2015. An internationally known dietitian, Kolasa is a professor of family medicine at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. The IOM is part of the National Academy of Sciences.

In other news, Kolasa recently published, with co-authors, “Obesity in Adolescents,” in the Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine and Health.