Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Faculty and Staff

Patricia Sheean, PhD, RD

Title/s: Assistant Professor
Research Associate

Office #: Building 125, Room 4527, HSD

Phone: 708.216.0344



BS University of Arizona 1992
MS University of Illinois at Chicago 1999
PhD University of Illinois at Chicago 2005

Teaching Interests

I take great pleasure in teaching students about the global vision needed in the clinical management of acutely ill patients, the various medical nutrition therapies we can prescribe and how these can impact body composition and overall health. My teaching philosophy is based on a love of learning and bestowing upon our dietetics students that they should always ask the question, “Why?” This hunger for knowledge, whether in the clinical arena, a community setting or in business will help to improve the health and well-being of others, as well as advance the field and practice of nutrition and dietetics.

Medical Nutrition Therapy, Cancer, Nutrition Support, Body Composition

Courses Taught in 2016-2017

FONU 420 Transition to Supervised Practice
FONU 422 Medical Nutrition Therapy
FONU 425 Supervised Practice in Public Health Nutrition, Research, Professional Development and Marketing

Research/Scholarly Interests

I am a Registered Dietitian with expertise in clinical nutrition epidemiology with additional post-doctoral training in cancer and vitamin D. I maintain a research portfolio that encompasses the nutrition assessment of acute and chronically ill patient populations. My research has focused on the evaluation of medical nutrition therapies on outcomes in clinical populations, including those with critical illness, scleroderma, and hematological malignancies requiring stem cell transplant. However, more recently, I expanded my research interests to include early and late stage breast cancer, with particular attention on cancer survivorship and symptom burden.

 I am currently a Co-PI of a NIH funded grant (NCI R21CA218888) to examine the impact of a lifestyle intervention on body composition and quality of life in women with advanced breast cancer. In addition, I am the PI of a multi-site study evaluating if body composition influences time to tumor progression and overall survival in women with estrogen receptor negative advanced breast cancer (Metavivor Foundation.) I also serve as a Co-I in a multi-site study examining the risk of malnutrition in an ethnically diverse sample of community dwelling older adults. Further, I am a Faculty Fellow in the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership.

Research and Scholarly Interests

Medical Nutrition Therapy, Cancer, Minority Healthy, Obesity, Inflammation, Nutrition Support, Lifestyle Interventions, Vitamin D, Quality of Life.

Selected Publications

Publication 1: Sheean PM, Liang H, Schiffer L, Arroyo C, Stolley M. Examining the prevalence of metabolic syndrome among overweight/obese African-American breast cancer survivors vs. matched non-cancer controls. J Cancer Survivor J Cancer Surviv. 2017 Feb;11(1):102-110 PMID:27562474

Publication 2: Braunschweig CL, Freels S, Sheean PM, Peterson SJ, Perez SG, McKeever L, Lateef O, Gurka D, Fantuzzi G. Role of timing and dose of energy received in patients with acute lung injury on mortality in the Intensive Nutrition in Acute Lung Injury Trial (INTACT): a post-hoc analysis. Am J Clin Nutr. 2017 Feb;105(2):411-416. PMID: 27974311

Publication 3: Stolley M, Sheean P, Gerber B, Arroyo C, Schiffer L, Banerjee A, Visotcky A, Fantuzzi G, Strahan D, Matthews L, Dakers R, Carridine-Andrews C, Seligman K, Springfield S, Odoms-Young A, Hong S, Hoskins K, Kaklamani V, Sharp L. Efficacy of a Weight Loss Intervention for African American Breast Cancer Survivors. J Clin Oncology. 2017 June 19. PMID: 28628363

Publication 4:  Doerfler B, Allen TS, Southwood C, Brenner D, Hirano I, Sheean P. Medical Nutrition Therapy for Patients With Advanced Systemic Sclerosis (MNT PASS): A Pilot Intervention Study. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2015 Jul 24. pii: 0148607115597883. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26209221

Publication 5:  Sheean PM, Kabir C, Hoskins K, Rao R, Stolley M. Exploring diet, physical activity and quality of life in females with metastatic breast cancer: a pilot study to support future interventions. J Amer Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 Oct (115)10; 1690-1698 PMID: 25975457

Publication 6:  Sheean PM, Liang H, Schiffer L, Arroyo C. Troy K, Stolley M. Assessing the prevalence of compromised bone health among overweight and obese African-American breast cancer survivors utilizing matched non-cancer controls from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2007-2010). J Cancer Surviv 2015 Mar 29. PMID: 25820976

Publication 7:  Braunschweig CA, Sheean PM, Peterson SJ, Gomez Perez S, Freels S, Lateef O, Gurka D, Fantuzzi G. Intensive nutrition in acute lung injury: a clinical trial (INTACT). JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr 2014 Apr 9 PMID: 24722769

Publication 8:  Braunschweig C, Sheean P, Peterson S, Freels S, Gomez S, Troy K, Ajanaku F, Patel A, Sclamberg J, Wang Z. Exploitation of diagnostic computed tomography scans to assess the impact of nutritional support on body composition changes in respiratory failure patients. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr 2014 Sept; 38(7):880-5PMID:23976767

Publication 9:  Sheean P, Peterson S, Gomez S, Troy K, Ajanaku F, Patel A, Sclamberg J, Lateef O, Braunschweig C. The prevalence of sarcopenia in patients with respiratory failure classified as normally nourished using computed tomography and subjective global assessment. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr 2014 Sep; 38(7):873-9. PMID: 23980135

Publication 10: Sheean PM,  Peterson SJ, Chen Y, Liu D, Braunschweig CA. Utilizing multiple methods to classify malnutrition among elderly patients admitted to the medical and surgical intensive care units Eur Clin Nutr 2013 Oct; 32(5):752-7. PMID: 23340043

Publication 11:Sheean PM, Hoskins K, Stolley M. Body composition changes in females treated for breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2012 Oct;135(3):663-80. PMID:22903689

Publication 12: Sheean P, Helton W, Freels S, Braunschweig C.  Adverse clinical consequences of hyperglycemia from total parenteral nutrition exposure during hematopoietic stem cell transplant.  Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2006;12(6):656-64.

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Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Member, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Member, American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
  • Member, Cardinal Bernadin Cancer Center, Loyola University Chicago
  • Member, Board of Directors, University of Illinois at Chicago Didactic Nutrition Program
  • Chair, Body Composition Guidelines, American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics