Chris McCracken, Director of Nutrition, University of California San Diego Health Medical Centers

Chris has been the Director of Nutrition services for the University of California San Diego Health Medical Centers since 2013. Chris was the Co-Chair for NHLT (Nutrition Leaders in Healthcare Team) in San Diego from 2015-2017, where he helped coordinate efforts to improve sustainable purchasing in partnership with other medical centers and school districts in San Diego. He also served on the San Diego Food System Alliance 2016-2017 and is a lecturer at San Diego State University.

As Director of Nutrition, Chris has facilitated significant improvements within the department by implementing process changes to enhance retail operations, clinical care and patient food service. Highlights of the changes include implementation of organic waste diversion started in 2016,  enhanced sourcing efforts to increase anti-biotic free chicken and beef utilization and coordinated Room Service program on La Jolla campus with significant increases in patient satisfaction scores and decreased food waste.