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Melody Thompson, Pediatric Dietitian, Abbott

Areas of Expertise: pre-term/NICU nutrition, maternal and infant nutrition, nutrition education.


Melody Thompson is a registered dietitian and pediatric nutrition specialist at Abbott. She has worked with the tiniest of pre-term babies to recommend neonatal nutrition therapies to help them get the best start in life and achieve healthy growth and development. Her expertise has supported the development of many Similac formulas for neonatal intensive care units (NICU).

Melody joined Abbott in 1997 and has held increasing roles of responsibility as a clinical nutrition expert. Prior to Abbott, Melody was the neonatal nutritionist for 20 years in the NICUs at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She continues as a clinical consultant there – attending NICU rounds when possible. 

As a nutrition expert, she has co-authored and co-edited the seminal neonatal nutrition book, Nutritional Care for High-Risk Newborns and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Pocket Guide to Neonatal Nutrition.

Melody earned a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Food Science from The University of Kentucky and completed a Dietetic Internship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She has a Master of Science degree in Medical Dietetics from The Ohio State University. She is a registered dietitian and a licensed dietitian in the state of Ohio.


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