Cheryl Hostetler

Cheryl Hostetler

Cheryl Hostetler, MS, RD, LDN.
Site Coordinator Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD

Education and Certifications

MS, Human Nutrition and Foods, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg, VA-1981

Dietetic Internship, University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis, MN-1972

BS, Food Service and Housing Administration, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA-1971


In 1984, Cheryl joined the staff of the Dietetic Internship at Walter Reed where she is responsible for the overall planning, implementation and evaluation of the internship. In addition she manages the department’s performance improvement program and assists in providing nutrition care to our wounded Warriors. She has participated on the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s Test Assembly meeting to develop the RD Exam and in 1998 received the Academy’s award for Outstanding Dietetics Educator. Her long term association and historical knowledge with the internship make her an invaluable resource to the program.

After completing her dietetic internship, Cheryl started her career as a clinical dietitian at Anderson Memorial Hospital in South Carolina, where she managed the nutrition care of patients. She then relocated to Virginia where she worked as a clinical dietitian for the Marriott Corporation on site at Northern Virginia Doctors Hospital. Later she moved on to the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Washington, DC where she helped establish the first multidisciplinary Nutrition Support Team in the VA system.

When she’s not at work, Cheryl enjoys expanding her culinary talents, tending her herb garden (and fending off the deer from eating it), and reading historical fiction.

Academic Interests and Research

Although not actively pursuing research, Cheryl’s interests center on developing critical-thinking skills in students, understanding the opportunities for teaching Gen Y, and developing strategies for evaluating competency.

Publications and Presentations

Ramsey C, Hostetler C, Andrews A. Evaluating the nutrition intake of U.S. Military Service Members in garrison. Mil Med. 2013;178:1285-90.

Buck C, Hayward C, Hostetler C. Step wise approach to change the menu and mindset in a traditional military dining facility. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010;9 (suppl):A-72. Abstract.

Slusher E, Hostetler C, Andrews A. Gender and weight loss program history influence caloric intake of US military service members. J Am Diet Asso. 2009;9 (suppl):A-85. Abstract.