Jill Hamilton-Reeves, PhD, RD, CSO
Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
A registered and licensed dietitian with doctoral training in translational and clinical nutrition science, Jill Hamilton-Reeves, PhD, RD, CSO, teaches in the graduate programs in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition and the School of Medicine. Her research is focused on nutrition and cancer prevention, management, and survivorship, with specific attention on genitourinary cancers.
Research and the Department of Urology, KU School of Medicine
As a certified oncology nutritionist and director of the EDGE lab, Dr. Hamilton-Reeves works with urologists and medical oncologists to foster the discovery of better diet and exercise approaches to benefit patients with cancer.
The Department of Urology at KU Medical Center is a leader in scientific study of urologic disease with a diverse array of research protocols. Through such interdisciplinary collaborations, Dr. Hamilton-Reeves aims to deliver evidence-based approaches to improving bladder and prostate cancer outcomes.
Hamilton-Reeves is evaluating nutrition strategies to improve patient outcomes after bladder cancer surgery. In addition, she provides nutrition expertise in collaboration on several studies with researchers from urologic oncology, endocrinology, and hematology/oncology.
Hamilton-Reeves partners with the bioinformatics faculty to pursue her interest in medical informatics tools for data-driven research. For more information on research efforts, please visit the Exercise, Diet, Genitourinary, & Endocrinology (EDGE) Research Laboratory.
In addition to serving as instructor for DN 819 Scientific Writing in the Nutritional Sciences, Hamilton-Reeves also provides nutrition-focused lectures to first-year students in the School of Medicine including CORE 815 Cardiopulmonary, CORE 820 Gastrointestinal, and CORE 825 Renal and Endocrine. Her other joint appointments at KU include internal medicine, hematology/oncology and urology, urologic oncology.
Jill Hamilton-Reeves presents a project in which her students are asked to disseminate knowledge gained from a gap analysis to a general audience via Wikipedia. Watch video
Hamilton-Reeves is a member of the Cancer Prevention Program and co-director of the Nutrition Shared Resource in the University of Kansas Cancer Center. She has practiced as a registered dietitian since 2004 and has been an NSCA-certified personal trainer since 1999. For more than 15 years, she has been active in presenting to academic and community audiences about healthy lifestyles and chronic disease prevention.
Hamilton-Reeves earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Creighton University, Omaha, Neb., in 1999. She then completed her didactic education in dietetics from University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb., in 2001. She went on to the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn., where she completed her dietetic internship in 2004 and earned her doctorate in Human Nutrition in 2006.
Hamilton-Reeves worked as an assistant professor at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., from 2007-2011. She joined the KU Medical Center as a faculty member in in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition in 2011 and joined the KU Urology Department in 2015.
Graduate students training with Hamilton-Reeves obtain clinical and translational research experiences with one-on-one patient care, applied statistical analyses, wet lab bench science skills, and introductory medical informatics. In their work at the Exercise, Diet, Genitourinary, & Endocrinology (EDGE) Research Laboratory, they also acquire significant writing experience for both technical and lay audiences.
Selected Current and Recent Projects
Effect of Immune-Enhancing Nutrition on Radical Cystectomy Outcomes
Hamilton-Reeves (Principle Investigator)
National Institutes of Health-National Cancer Institute R37 MERIT Award
The objective of this project is to assess the effectiveness of specialized immunonutrition intake before and after bladder cancer surgery compared to a control to reduce post-operative complications.
Weight Loss for Obesity-Driven Biomarkers of Prostate Cancer Progression
Hamilton-Reeves (Principle Investigator)
American Cancer Society
The objective of this project is to assess the impact of weight loss before and weight maintenance after prostate cancer surgery on immune suppressive factors compared to a randomized control.
Implementation of Nutrition Education Videos for Patients Undergoing Radical Cystectomy
Hamilton-Reeves (Co-Investigator and Mentor)
2018 Patient-Centered Clinical Research YI Award
Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network
The objective of this project is to develop, assess, and implement an evidence-based, nutrition focused educational video series for patients undergoing RC with or without chemotherapy.
Staying Strong and Healthy During Androgen Deprivation Therapy for Latino Men
National Institutes of Health-National Institute of Nursing Research R01 Award
To promote healthy activity and nutrition during Androgen Deprivation Therapy for Latino Men. Quality of life, cholesterol, glucose, and height and weight will be measured before men start ADT and then 6 and 12 months later to compare the measures to see if there are differences between men who do and do not receive the program.