Cathy C. Welsh

Cathy Welsh, MS, RD


Why did you join MAND?
I think we each have a professional obligation to support our local association. Being active in MDDA is the bonus because of the networking, and relationships.

How has membership in MAND been of value to you and your practice?
MDDA have given me an opportunity to be a leader among my peers (past MDDA President) as well as to make contacts with other RD’s locally, statewide and even nationally.

Tell us about yourself, your job, and what you find most interesting about your job.
I am a Senior Clinical Analyst in Clinical Informatics at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I have been in this position for 5 years. The short description is that I help doctors and nurses use computers to do their work. I also write reports. I have been working in informatics for 9 years now, and have been programming in the Cerner software during that time.

How did you get into this field?
After a long career with several ‘flavors’ of clinical dietetics (Clinical Nutrition Management, Obesity Program Manager, etc.), I decided to earn a degree in information systems so I could work full-time in the field. I was fortunate enough to go to work as a webmaster, and database manager for a local Managed Care company. When Methodist Healthcare decided to add staff to their nursing informatics team I had both the bedside experience and the information technology skills to be hired.

I am a native Memphian. After I got a liberal arts degree, I later went back and let my interest in nutrition take me to the University of Memphis, where I earned a Master’s Degree in Individualized Studies in Nutrition Counseling.

After working at several local hospitals, and earning my RD, I had a chance to relocate with a contract management company, travel extensively and ultimately lived in San Antonio, Nashville, Alexandria (Virginia) and Atlanta over a course of 8 years before returning home.
I have been working in informatics for 9 years now, and was recently drafted to lead the Web Redesign for the MDDA. Thanks for visiting!

Please list a few of your most recent accomplishments.
CNM (Clinical Nutrition Management) DPG: Vice-Chair for Informatics Sub-Unit

Published in the Future Dimensions In Clinical Nutrition Management, Summer 2011 issue:

How to Make Yourself Indispensable to Your IT Department
(available for CNM Members at this link)

Aside from your professional career, what would you like MDDA members to know about you?

  • I am Assistant Troopmaster for Boy Scout Troop 456, at Holy Spirit Church. I teach the Personal Fitness Merit Badge.
  • I do everything I do with an artificial left elbow! I had a total joint replacement of my left elbow due to arthritis in 2010. It’s the cover story for the Campbell Clinic Foundation’s Momentum publication