The American College of Nutrition® (ACN) was established April 14, 1959 by six esteemed physicians – Sam William Kalb, MD, Robert Peterman, MD, Theodore Heineken, MD, Abraham Friedman, MD, Harvey Einhorn, MD, and Jacob Goodhart, MD – with an inaugural vision:
To coordinate clinical and experimental work in the field of nutrition; to conduct, sponsor and assist in research studies, texts and experiments in the field of nutrition and to make known the practical application of all recent progress therein by appropriate publications, clinical meetings and convocations...and….To formulate plans and to provide a code of ethics, practices and principles relating to the specialty of clinical nutrition and the practice thereof.
The ACN has pioneered the fusion of nutrition science and its translation to advance human health. As an ACCME accredited provider, the ACN offers educational activities to fill the gaps in current medical school curriculum and postgraduate training, enabling physicians and other healthcare providers access to high quality, evidence-based and clinically relevant continuing medical education (CME) activities in nutrition science.
The ACN is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Since 1959, the ACN has held Annual Summits designed to enhance knowledge of nutrition science and promote the application of such knowledge in clinical practice for the prevention and management of disease.
The European Chapter of the ACN was established in November 2001 as a bridge to forge relationships and the exchange of ideas between American and European nutrition scientists and clinicians. The European Chapter has hosted esteemed scientific conferences on nutrition in many countries throughout Europe.
Since 1982, the ACN has published the peer-reviewed, MEDLINE-indexed Journal of the American College of Nutrition. The peer-reviewed journal curates and disseminates nutrition science research to empower investigators and healthcare professionals.
In November 2019, four esteemed non-profit nutrition organizations came together as the American Nutrition Association® (ANA) to form the unified professional home for the science and practice of personalized nutrition. The ANA family of organizations consists of:
- American College of Nutrition (ACN)
- Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists℠ (BCNS)
- Center for Nutrition Advocacy® (CNA)
- American Nutrition Association Foundation℠ (ANAF)
The leaders of these organizations made a decision to affiliate as a family of organizations, to leverage the strengths of each organization and unleash nutrition’s full potential to reverse the chronic disease and obesity crisis.
Collectively, the organizations now affiliate as the American Nutrition Association® (ANA®) and have one unified website: theANA.org. The ACN, BCNS, CNA, and the ANA Foundation remain separate and independent legal entities but the respective work of each organization adds up to the overall work of the ANA family.
- Deanna M. Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS – President
- Robert Beardall, MD, MPH
- George J. Brewer, MD, MACN
- Corinne Bush, MS, CNS
- Rajesh Grover, PhD
- Derrick MacFabe, MD, FACN
- Melania Manco, MD, PhD, FACN
- David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM
- Ananda Prasad, MD, PhD, MACN
- Dana Reed, MS, CNS, CDN - Secretary
- Stephen T. Sinatra, MD, FACC, FACN, CNS
- Michael Stroka, JD, MBA, MS, CNS, LDN
The ACN provides the opportunity to join the most highly esteemed figures in the field of nutrition science by obtaining the elite designation: Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN). The FACN designation remains unchanged as the College becomes a vital part of the American Nutrition Association. To maintain the FACN designation, the Fellow must remain an active member of the ANA.
To qualify as a Fellow, an individual must:
- Hold a doctoral degree from an academic institution accredited by a Regional Accrediting Organization in the United States or from a foreign institution with equivalent standards;
- Have demonstrated significant experience in patient care, research, and/or the teaching of nutrition as evidenced by one or more of the following:
- Certification by one or more Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education recognized specialty boards;
- Board certification by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists, the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists, or other certifications as determined by the Board of Directors; or
- Outstanding experience in nutrition as a practitioner and/or educator as documented by appropriate letters of recommendation; and
- Have co-authored five or more publications relevant to nutrition in refereed medical or scientific Journals with lead authorship on at least one paper.
All Fellows must remain in good standing with the ANA to retain and use their FACN credential. For more information about obtaining the FACN designation, please contact DSlutzky@theANA.org.