Professor is vice president-elect of American Society for Nutrition

May 18, 2011

Gordon L. Jensen, professor and head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State, is the vice president-elect of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). He will assume the post immediately and will transition through the roles of vice president and president before finishing his four-year tenure with the title of past president.

Jensen was appointed professor and head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State in 2007. He also serves as a professor of medicine at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and is a specialist in nutrition with the Mt. Nittany Physician Group. Before coming to Penn State, he was the director of the Vanderbilt Center for Human Nutrition from 1999 to 2007, and he served as the director of the Section of Nutrition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., from 1988 to 1998.

Jensen’s research interests have focused largely on nutrition concerns in older populations. He and his colleagues develop and test nutrition screening and assessment tools that focus on specific functional and health care resource outcomes for older people. In particular, they study the impact of obesity on these outcomes. Jensen also has promoted understanding of the central roles of inflammatory responses in malnutrition and obesity.

Board-certified in nutrition and internal medicine, Jensen provides consultation for adult nutrition support interventions at the Mt. Nittany Medical Center. These interventions entail the provision of specialized intravenous or tube feedings for malnourished patients who are unable to eat. Jensen also conducts outpatient clinics for malnourished patients with the Mt. Nittany Physician Group. For his clinical work, he has been nationally recognized by America’s Top Doctors, a national guide that identifies the most outstanding doctors in the country.

Jensen’s teaching activities have included giving lectures on nutrition and providing research training for undergraduate, graduate and medical students, as well as the resident physicians and surgeons of hospitals and other health care professionals. He also has served as the director of a successful Nutrition Support Fellowship Program, and he developed a required curriculum in clinical nutrition for medical students at Vanderbilt University. He currently is a co-director of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Training Program at Penn State.

Jensen is a past president of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) and a current member of ASPEN’s Foundation Board. He also is the current chair of the Association of Nutrition Programs and Departments. He has served on advisory panels, study sections, or work groups for the National Institutes of Health, the American Dietetic Association, and the Food and Nutrition Board, and he currently is serving his second term as a member of the Food and Nutrition Board. Jensen has served on several editorial boards of leading nutrition journals and as an ad hoc reviewer for many other journals. He has authored more than 100 journal articles, reviews and book chapters, and he has given presentations at numerous national and international meetings.

Jensen earned a doctoral degree in nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University and a doctor of medicine degree at Cornell University Medical College. He completed his residency training in internal medicine and his fellowship training in clinical nutrition at New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School. In addition, he received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Penn State.

Jensen can be reached at For additional information, contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at 814-865-3831 or

Founded in 1928, the ASN is a non-profit organization of more than 4,000 members dedicated to bringing together the world’s top researchers, clinical nutritionists, and industry representatives to advance knowledge and application of nutrition for the sake of humans and animals. The society supports its members and fulfills its mission by fostering and enhancing research in animal and human nutrition; providing opportunities for sharing, disseminating, and archiving peer-reviewed nutrition research results; fostering quality education and training in nutrition; upholding standards for ethical behavior in research, the protection of human subjects, and the care and treatment of research animals; providing opportunities for fellowship and support among nutritionists; and bringing scientific knowledge to bear on nutrition issues through communication and influence in the public domain.

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