Levi Teigen, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Levi Teigen

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Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 36
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Colleen Unger

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Assistant Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

PhD, Nutrition, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN


Levi has worked as an inpatient clinical dietitian at hospitals within the Bon Secours system in Richmond, VA and most recently at Mayo Clinic - Rochester. He recently completed his PhD in Nutrition at the University of Minnesota under the advisorship of Dr. Carrie Earthman. His research efforts are aimed at the optimization of patient care and outcomes through enhancement of clinical nutrition care. His current research is primarily focused on the nutritional assessment and care of individuals with inflammatory bowel disease.


  • Clinical Dietetics
  • Nutrition Research


Research Summary/Interests

  • Nutrition Assessment
  • Body Composition
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease


  • Kuchnia A, Earthman C, Teigen L, Cole A, Mourtzakis M, et al. Evaluation of bioelectrical impedance analysis in critically ill patients: results of a multicenter prospective study. J Parenter Enter Nutr. 2017 Sep;41(7):1131-1138. doi: 10.1177/0148607116651063.
  • Kuchnia AJ, Teigen LM, Cole AJ, Mulasi U, Gonzalez MC, Heymsfield SB, et al. Phase Angle and Impedance Ratio: Reference Cut-points from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999 – 2004 from Bioimpedance Spectroscopy Data. J Parenter Enter Nutr. 2017 Nov;41(8):1310-1315. doi: 10.1177/0148607116670378.
  • Teigen LM, Kuchnia AJ, Mourtzakis M, Earthman CP. The use of technology for estimating body composition: Strengths and weaknesses of common modalities in a clinical setting. Nutr Clin Pract. 2017. Feb;32(1):20-29. doi: 10.1177/0884533616676264.
  • Teigen LM, John R, Kuchnia AJ, Nagel EM, Earthman CP, Kealhofer J, Martin C, Cogswell R. Preoperative Pectoralis Muscle Quantity and Attenuation by Computed Tomography Are Novel and Powerful Predictors of Mortality After Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation. Circ Heart Fail. 2017. Sep;10(9). pii: e004069. doi: 10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.117.004069.
  • Kuchnia A, Teigen L, Nagel E, LigthartMelis G, Mulasi U, Weijs P, Earthman C. Protein in the Hospital - Gaining Perspective and Moving Forward. J Parenter Enter Nutr. 2018. doi: 10.1002/jpen.1068. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Teigen LM, DiCecco SR, Vock DM, Vierow KL, Andrews L, Hammel KD, Sfeir JG, Miles JM, Hurley DL. Use of both quantitative and qualitative methods to improve assessment of resting energy expenditure performance in hospitalized adults. Clin Nutr ESPEN. 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.clnesp.2018.01.001
  • Teigen LM, Kuchnia AJ, Nagel EM, Price KL, Hurt RT, Earthman CP. Diagnosing Clinical Malnutrition: Perspectives from the Past and Implications for the Future. Clin Nutr ESPEN. 2018 Aug;26:13-20. doi: 10.1016/j.clnesp.2018.05.006.


Academic Interests and Focus

Clinical Nutrition



Clinics and Surgery Center

Clinical Interests

Inflammatory bowel disease