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The Brody School of Medicine
Department of Family Medicine

Family Medicine

Nutrition Services & Patient Education

Section Members

Kathryn Kolasa, PhD, RD, LDN

Professor Emeritis; Section Head
BS Michigan State University, 1970
PhD University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1974
Kellog Leadership Fellowship
Nutrition in medical education; childhood obesity prevention and treatment
Dr. Kolasa first joined the Department of Family Medicine as an adjunct professor in 1983 and then full time in 1986.  She came to ECU after 10 years on the faculty at Michigan State University where she taught nutrition, food science, allopathic and osteopathic students, interns, and residents.  Her special interests have been medical nutrition education for students, residents and practicing physicians.  She is the associate director for dietary interventions for the Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center.  She is a Master Educator of the Brody School of Medicine and consultant to Vidant Medical Center's Nutrition Initiative that creates opportunities for staff, visitors, and patients to eat healthy and be physically active.  Her husband is a retired banker who plays competitive senior amateur golf.  Her outside interests include golf, travel, scuba diving and snorkeling, and photography. 

S. Kay Craven, MPH, RD, LDN, CDE

Nutrition Specialist and Adjunct Instructor
BS, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Dietetic Internship, James A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital, 1989
MPH, East Carolina University, 2009
Kay Craven is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator who joined the Department of Family Medicine full time in 2008.  She has worked in a variety of settings in Alabama and Georgia.  Working with diabetic patients is her favorite clinical calling.  She partnered with the Pitt County Schools and ViQuest Inc to enhance the Healthy Living education program for 9th grade students.  Their work is designed to help students achieve a healthy weight.  Her outside interests include cooking, walking and spending time with her family.  Her husband is an engineer with Electrolux in Kinston.  They have an elementary school age son who loves the beach and ice hockey.

Catherine S. Sullivan, MPH, RD, LDN, IBCLC, RLC
Affiliate Clinical Assistant Professor
State Breastfeeding Coordinator, NC Division of Public Health
BS East Carolina University, 1997
MPH University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
Faculty Development Fellowship in Family Medicine, East Carolina University, 2001
Registered Dietitian
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, 2004
Areas of interest include human lactation, women and children's health, pediatric obesity, nutrition education for health professionals, and patient education in nutrition and wellness.
Catherine Sullivan is an affiliate faculty member who directs the North Carolina Breastfeeding program for the Division of Public Health.  She served as nutrition specialist and lactation consultant full time in the Department of Family Medicine from 2000-2006.  Her passion is to ensure that all infants and women experience the benefits of breastfeeding.