Alison Steiber, PhD, RD, LD

Assistant Professor




Alison Steiber is a registered dietitian who completed a B. S. in dietetics at Minnesota State at Mankato, a dietetic internship and M.S. in Human Nutrition at The University of Kansas Medical Center, and a Ph.D. in Nutrition from Michigan State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Case Western Reserve University she was a Manager of Nutrition Services for a dialysis center and a clinical dietitian in a medical center. Dr. Steiber's areas of interest are nutritional assessment, chronic kidney disease, and carnitine.

Dr. Steiber is active in the Cleveland Dietetic Association, the Northeast Council on Renal Nutrition, serves as a Reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Educators, a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Renal Nutrition and a reviewer for the "American Journal of Kidney Disease" and "Cell and Tissue".   She has conducted research in the areas of hospitalization and nutritional intake, carnitine and hemodialysis and quality of life, subjective global assessment, and carnitine content in foods.  

Dr. Alison Steiber serves as Director for the CASE Coordinated Dietetic Internship/Master's Degree Program, and teaches Seminar in Dietetics I and II (NTRN 516 and 517), Investigative Methods in Nutrition (NTRN 561), and Guided Study in Nutrition Practice (NTRN 360).


2005     PhD - Nutrition
             Michigan State University, East Lansing (MI)
1993     Dietetic Internship completed
             University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City (KS)
1992     Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, Magna Cum Laude
             Mankato State University, Mankato (MN)


    Chronic Renal Failure

    Nutrition Assessment



  1. Murphy WJ, Steiber A, Connery GC, Carder J, Spry L, Hoppel C. (2011) Altered carnitine metabolism in dialysis patients with reduced physical function may be due to dysfunctional fatty acid oxidation. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2011 Jul 17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21765185.

  2. Cimperman L, Bayless G, Best K, Diligente A, Mordarski B, Oster M, Smith M, Vatakis F, Wiese D, Steiber A, Katz J. (2011) A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Pilot Study of Lactobacillus reuteri ATCC 55730 for the Prevention of Antibiotic-associated Diarrhea in Hospitalized Adults. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2011 May 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21552138.

  3. Steiber AL, Kopple JD. Vitamin Status and Needs for People with Stages 3-5 Chronic Kidney Disease. J Ren Nutr. 2011 Mar 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21439853.

  4. Steiber A. (2009) Research in renal nutrition--how to get started. J Ren Nutr. 2009 Jan; 19(1): 123-5. PubMed PMID: 19121785.

  5. Anderson SR, Gilge DA, Steiber AL, Previs SF. (2008) Diet-induced obesity alters protein synthesis: tissue-specific effects in fasted versus fed mice. Metabolism. 2008 Mar; 57(3): 347-54. PubMed PMID: 18249206; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2323208.

  6. Chrencik E, Xu R, Neal T, Steiber A. (2008) Renal dietitians' self-perceptions on research participation: a pilot study. J Ren Nutr. 2008 Jul; 18(4): 389-92. PubMed PMID: 18558305.

  7. Steiber A, Leon JB, Secker D, McCarthy M, McCann L, Serra M, Sehgal AR, Kalantar-Zadeh K. (2007) Multicenter study of the validity and reliability of subjective global assessment in the hemodialysis population. J Ren Nutr. 2007 Sep; 17(5): 336-42. PubMed PMID: 17720103.

  8. Steiber AL, Davis AT, Spry L, Strong J, Buss ML, Ratkiewicz MM, Weatherspoon LJ. (2006) Carnitine treatment improved quality-of-life measure in a sample of Midwestern hemodialysis patients. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2006 Jan-Feb; 30(1): 10-5. PubMed PMID: 16387893.

  9. Steiber AL, Kalantar-Zadeh K, Secker D, McCarthy M, Sehgal A, McCann L. (2004) Subjective Global Assessment in chronic kidney disease: a review. J Ren Nutr. 2004 Oct; 14(4): 191-200. Review. PubMed PMID: 15483778.

  10. Steiber A, Kerner J, Hoppel CL. (2004) Carnitine: a nutritional, biosynthetic, and functional perspective. Mol Aspects Med. 2004 Oct-Dec; 25(5-6): 455-73. Review.  PubMed PMID: 15363636.

  11. Steiber AL, Weatherspoon LJ, Spry L, Davis AT. (2004) Serum carnitine concentrations correlated to clinical outcome parameters in chronic hemodialysis patients. Clin Nutr. 2004 Feb; 23(1): 27-34. PubMed PMID: 14757390.

  12. Steiber AL, Handu DJ, Cataline DR, Deighton TR, Weatherspoon LJ. (2003) The impact of nutrition intervention on a reliable morbidity and mortality indicator: the hemodialysis-prognostic nutrition index. J Ren Nutr. 2003 Jul; 13(3): 186-90. PubMed PMID: 12874742.

  13. Steiber AL, Weatherspoon LJ, Handu D. (2002) Clinical and dietary indicators associated with uremic status in hospitalized dialysis patients.  J Ren Nutr.  2002 Jan; 12(1): 49-54.  PubMed PMID: 11823994.

  14. Steiber AL. (1999) Clinical indicators associated with poor oral intake of patients with chronic renal failure. J Ren Nutr. 1999 Apr; 9(2): 84-8. PubMed PMID: 10089264.


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