Stephanie Vangsness Meyers, MS, RDN

Stephanie Vangsness Meyers, MS, RDN

Instructor, Department of Health Sciences
Coordinating Senior Clinical Nutritionist, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
635 Commonwealth Ave
(617) 353-2718
2001-2003 MS in Nutrition and Health Promotion, Simmons College, Boston, MA
1993-1997 BA Food Nutrition and Dietetics & Communication, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Courses Taught

  • HS 488 Applied Nutritional Counseling

Scholarly and Practice Interests

Plan, develop and deliver specialized nutrition programs to promote cancer survivorship. Develop educational materials and resources for patients, their families and the community. Serve as a specialized nutrition consultant, resource and lecturer for health care providers, patients, students and the general public.

Selected Publications

  • Meyers, S. Does Diet Affect Cancer Recurrence? 9/3/2007,
  • Vangsness, S. Moffit-Smith, R, Herbold, N. Education and Knowledge of Dietetic Interns Regarding Herbs and Dietary Supplements: Preparing for Practice. Topics in Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 20 (3);269-76.
  • Vangsness, S. “Alkaline Diets and Caner: Avoid or Adopt?,” 5/02/06,
  • Vangsness, S. “Mastering the Mindful Meal,” 8/22/05,
  • Vangsness, S. “Tap Water or Bottled Water: Which is Better?” 8/24/04,
  • Chiavacci, A, Kennedy S, Vangsness, S. Safety and Efficacy of Herbs and Dietary Supplements Popular Among Cancer Patients. Nutrition in Complementary Care DPG newsletter. 5(3):45-49.
  • Contributing author for cancer section of A Nurse’s Pocket Guide to Nutritional Problems in Patient Care. In press.

Selected Presentations

  • “Nutrition and Breast Cancer Survivorship” presented at The Cotting Connection Symposium at Simmons College, Boston, MA. 10/4/07.
  • “Integrative Nutrition for Cancer Survivor’s: Hitting the Hot Topics.” Presented at the New York State Dietetic Association annual convention. 5.3.07
  • “Can Diet Make a Difference? Nutrition for Breast Cancer Survivors.” Presented at the First Education Symposium for breast cancer patients and families, entitled Knowledge, Strength, and Grace – Living Through Breast Cancer, Boston, MA. 5.04.07
  • Advanced Nutrition I and II for the Breast Cancer Survivor, presented at The Healing Garden, Harvard, MA.
  • Nutritional Supplements: Get the Facts, Presented as part of Brigham and Women’s Health Advanced Lecture Series. 5.11.06
  • Nutritional Care of the Oncology Patient, presented to a professional audience of advance practice registered nurses at the Northeast Regional Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner’s Conference, 3/10/06.
  • Probiotics: Research Updates and Practice Guidelines, presented to graduate level nutrition students at Boston University, 2.28.07.
  • “Bites of Enlightenment: Creating Space for Sacred Nourishment,” a half-day retreat exploring nourishment as a spiritual practice. Co-led with Margo McLoughlin, M.Div.
  • “Nourishing Mind, Body & Soul for Cancer Survivors,” an experiential learning workshop introducing a mindfulness-based eating practice. Co-led with Mary Jane Ott, ANP, RN.
  • “Mindfulness Nutrition in the Midst of Parenting: How Our Children Eat and Why it Matters,” presented at Waltham, MA School District Parent/Teacher Symposium. 1.19.06
  • “Eating through the Ages: Nutrition for Seniors.” Educational seminar presented annually at the Jewish Community Center, Brighton, MA and various assisted living programs in greater Boston community.
  • “What Can I Do to Feel Better? Addressing Nutrition and Wellness for Advanced Gastrointestinal Cancer Patients,” presentation and co-facilitated discussion with advanced gastrointestinal support group special event. 3/9/06
  • “Nutrition and Integrative Medicine: How to be an effective Integrative Nutrition Counselor”- annual guest lecturer for graduate nutrition program at Simmons College, Boston, MA as well as for the joint class day of the greater Boston area dietetic internship programs.
  • “Optimizing Nutrition for those at High Risk of Breast Cancer.” Annual presentation to professional audience of genetic counselors.
  • “Nutrition Challenges facing Carcinoid Survivors,” workshop for carcinoid patients and their families addressing nutrition issues unique to this population. Carcinoid Support Group Network Special Event. 1/20/04.
  • Anorexia and Cachexia in the Oncology Patient,” continuing education program presented at Oncology Nursing Society (Boston chapter) meeting. 9/13/05
  • “Nutrition and a Healthy Lifestyle for Cancer Prevention,” – cancer prevention seminar presented at the Massachusetts State Cancer Control Conference. 3/03
  • “Effective Strategies for Integrated Cancer Care: The Dana Farber Experience.” Presented at The Comprehensive Cancer Care Conference, Washington, D.C. 4/03
  • “Embracing the Challenge of Integrative Medicine, Part II: Putting it all into Practice,” Presented at the Massachusetts State Dietetic Association Spring Convention, Randolph, MA. 5/03
  • Development and presentation of 6-week seminar entitled, “Healthy Weighs to Wellness: A Weight Management Program for Breast Cancer Survivors,” 9/03.

Selected Media Appearances

  • Television interview with New England Cable News about the release of the American Institute for Cancer Research report 10/31/2007, “Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective.”
  • Vitamin Supplements and Cancer: Research Update, appearance on Chronicle New England (ABC affiliate local news magazine). 9/28/06.
  • The Role of Vitamin D in Cancer Prevention, television interview for NECN health report segment, aired 12/28/05; second interview on this topic with Boston Herald published 12/29/06.
  • Food: Myths, Lies and Straight Talk, appearance on ABC’s 20/20 discussing and demonstrating how to reduce exposure to carcinogens when grilling foods (7/15/05)
  • Phytonutrients in Fall Foods: Pumpkin, Cranberries and Apples, interview for Boston CBS affiliate health segment. 11/18/05.
  • Optimal Nutrition for Cancer Survivorship, guest appearing on the national Food and Wine Radio Network’s, “Sunday Brunch,” a live call-in radio talk show.
  • Summer Grilling and Cancer Risk, – six live radio interviews with talk news radio stations in U.S. and Canada (7/06) as well as a television interview for “Health Beat” segment on local ABC affiliate. 7/00
  • Low-Fat Diet and Breast Cancer Survivorship, television interview with Boston ABC affiliate (WCVB). 5/16/06.
  • Brassica (broccoli) tea and cancer, television interviews for “Health Beat” segment on local ABC and WB affiliates. 1/03
  • The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Prevention, – radio talk show guest on WXLO and WORC, Boston, MA, 4/00 and television interview for “Health Beat” segment on local ABC affiliate. 3/00


  • Outstanding Graduate Student in Nutrition, Simmons College – 2003
  • Excellence in Teaching – Brigham and Women’s Hospital Staff Enrichment Award, 2002