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Department of Food & Nutrition Services

The Department of Food & Nutrition Services at Hospital for Special Surgery is committed to providing the highest quality nutritional care.

Inpatient Services

The department coordinates all aspects of patients’ nutritional care and provides attractive, nutritious meals made with high quality ingredients. In addition, we strive to offer a variety of menus to meet the preferences and needs of our patients. Menu options include vegetarian, heart-healthy, sodium-restricted, diabetic, gluten-free and Kosher diets. Nutritional supplements are available upon request. 

Our team of nutritionists, dietetic technicians and dietary assistants are available to assist patients with any nutritional concerns. Upon admission, dietetic technicians identify specific needs and accommodate dietary requests. Dietary assistants visit patients daily to take meal orders and food service aides deliver meal trays. Nutritionists, in conjunction with the interdisciplinary health care team, work closely with patients to provide comprehensive nutritional care that will promote recovery. They evaluate the need for specialized diets and provide thorough education for any nutrition prescription.

Meals for patients’ guests are also available for an additional charge. Please let a member of the Food & Nutrition Services Department know if you would like a guest tray delivered to your room. Parents of pediatric patients staying at the hospital, will be provided a complimentary guest tray.

Outpatient Services

Nutrition plays an important role in the treatment and prevention of many common diseases. Our nutritionists are specialized in many nutritional areas. Comprehensive diet therapy is available for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Orthopedic and Rheumatic Diseases
  • Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment
  • Disordered Eating
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Pediatrics
  • Weight Management
  • Elevated Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure

Nutrition Form

For more information on inpatient and outpatient nutrition services at Hospital for Special Surgery, please call 212.774.7638 and speak with one of our nutritionists. For general nutrition information, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Read About Our Generally Recommended Presurgical Diet:

Your Diet and Preparing for Surgery