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Geeta Sikand, MA, RDN, FAND, CLS, FNLA, CDE

Current Position: Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine and Director of Nutrition at University of California Irvine Preventive Cardiology Program. 

Sikand has authored many publications in the nutritional management of lipids, diabetes & obesity. Sikand is Chair, Medical Nutrition Therapy Effectiveness Expert Workgroup of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Analysis Library. Sikand has recently published a systematic review and meta-analysis on the clinical and cost benefits of medical nutrition therapy by registered dietitian nutritionists in the management of dyslipidemia and other atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk factors. Sikand has served as an expert member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Disorders of Lipid Metabolism Workgroup. Sikand was co-chair and co-author the 2015 National Lipid Association Nutrition and Lifestyle Recommendations in “Recommendations for Patient Centered Management of Dyslipidemia.”  Ms. Sikand received her Masters and Baccalaureate degrees in Nutrition & Dietetics from California State University, Long Beach, California. Sikand’s research on the effectiveness of medical nutrition therapy in the management of dyslipidemia has been recognized by the Academy.  Her research demonstrated that multiple dietitian visits have greater impact on LDL cholesterol reduction and one dollar spent on medical nutrition therapy saves four health care dollars in medication & monitoring costs.  Sikand’s award winning research articles were published in the February 2000 issue and April 1998 issues of the Journal of the American Dietetic Assoc. Sikand has also published in the area of “Use of very low calorie diets in the management of obesity.”