Margaret M. Girten, RD, LDN, FAND

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Margaret M. Girten, RD, LDN, FAND, is a clinical dietitian with the Clinical Nutrition Program. She supports the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Clinical nutrition in primary care settings
Locations: Specialty Care, Exton; Specialty Care, Lancaster
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)


Margaret (Mimi) Girten, RD, LDN, FAND, is an outpatient pediatric clinical dietitian at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She also serves as Nutrition Primary Care Specialist within the Department of Clinical Nutrition. In this position, Mimi focuses on making nutrition resources easily accessible in a primary care setting, providing up-to-date nutrition tools and resources that primary care providers can use and share with patient families.

Education and Training

Board Certification

Certified in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management
Certified Shapedown Instructor
Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND)
Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN)
Registered Dietitian (RD)

Graduate Degree

Immaculata College

Titles and Academic Titles

Clinical Dietitian

Nutrition Primary Care Specialist

Departments and Services




Girten, M., Sargood, J. “Food Allergies.” Nutrition Care Process in Pediatric Practice. Kane-Alves, V., Tarrant, S. Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group. 2014. 40-49.



Girten, M., Goldberg, E., Shuker, M. “Nutritional Management of Eosinophilic Esophagitis in Pediatric Patients.” Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Liacouras, Chris A., Markowitz, Jonathan E. New York: Springer Science & Business Media, LLC. 2012. 323-338.

Posters and Presentations

Lectures by Invitation


Girten, M. “Practical Tips for Feeding Students with Food Allergies and Celiac Disease.” Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nursing Conference. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA. May 2016.

Girten, M. “Blenderized Tube Feedings: Alone We Can Do So Little, Together We Can Do So Much.”  Washington State Children with Special Health Care Needs Nutrition Network Meeting. Seattle, WA. April 2016.


Girten, M., King, K., Leon, C. “Pediatric Nutrition Support: Challenging Cases.” A.S.P.E.N. Webinar. July, 2015.


Girten, M.  “Blenderized Tube Feedings: Managing a New Frontier.”  Emerging Topics in Pediatric Nutrition: A Practical Approach.  The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA. Nov. 2014.

Driggers, J., Girten, M.  “Blenderized Tube Feedings: Managing a New Frontier 101.”  NASPGHAN-CPNP Annual Symposium. Washington, DC.  Oct. 2014.

Girten, M., Neiman, L. Presentation Skills Workshop. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.  Aug. 2014.


Girten, M. “Eating Through Life: Changing Nutritional Needs of Men and Women.” Pennsylvania Association of Educational Office Professionals. New Cumberland, PA.  April 2013.


Girten, M., Dawson, J.  “Feeding Refusal…Where Do I Go From Here?” Pediatric Nutrition Challenges: From Failure to Thrive to Obesity: Nov. 2012.

Girten, M. “So You Think You Have Big Shoes To Fill.” PA Superintendents’ Annual Meeting. Lancaster, March, 2012.


Girten, M. “Nutritional Assessment of the Pediatric Population.” Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Extern Nursing Program, Philadelphia, PA. 2010-2014.

Editorial and Academic Positions

Academic and Institutional Committees

Member, Clinical Effectiveness Team- Pediatric Asthma, NICU and Family Centered Care, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Co-organizer, Children’s Hospital Summer Camp Program – Sickle Cell, Asthma, and Weight Management, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Member, Pediatric Nutrition Conference Planning Committee, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Co-creator, Student Volunteer Program and Policy, Department of Clinical Nutrition, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Member, King of Prussia Specialty Care & Ambulatory Surgery Center planning committee, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Leadership and Memberships

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (#11455)

Council for Pediatric Nutrition Professionals (CPNP)

Pennsylvania Dietetic Association

Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group