Elaine Souza, M.P.H., RD

Elaine C. Souza, M.P.H., RD


Bariatric Surgery Nutrition

Weight Management


Food and Nutrition Services


  • Senior Dietitian
To see if Elaine C. Souza is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).

UC Davis Medical Center - Cypress Building

2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite E
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions

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Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Phone: 916-734-2680

Clinical Interests

Elaine Souza provides direct patient care for nutrition assessment, intervention, and monitoring for all bariatric surgery patients both pre and post-operatively. She also conducts the monthly support group and facilitates non-surgical patients through the Optifast program.


M.P.H., Nutrition, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis MN 2001

B.S., UC Davis, Davis CA 1997

Board Certifications

American Dietetic Association Adult Weight Management Certificate, 2014

American Dietetic Association Pediatric Weight Management Certificate, 2010

Professional Memberships

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons

California Dietetics Association

Dietetic Practice Group (DPG?s): Weight Management, Behavioral Health

Northern Area Dietetics Association

Select Recent Publications

Labouesse MA, Gertz ER, Piccolo BD, Souza EC, Schuster GU, Witbracht MG, Woodhouse LR, Adams SH, Keim NL, Van Loan MD. Associations among endocrine, inflammatory, and bone markers, body composition and weight loss induced bone loss. Bone July 2014: 64:138-46.

Piccolo BD, Dolnikowski G, Seyoum E, Thomas AP, Gertz ER, Souza EC, Woodhouse LR, Newman JW, Keim NL, Adams SH, Van Loan MD. Association between subcutaneous white adipose tissue and serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D in overweight and obese adults. Nutrients. 2013 Aug 26;5(9):3352-66.

Van Loan, M.D., Keim, N.L., Adams, S.H., Souza, E., Woodhouse, L.R., Thomas, A., Witbracht, M., Gertz, E.R., Piccolo, B., Bremer, A.A., Spurlock, M. 2011. Dairy foods in a moderate energy restricted diet do not enhance central fat, weight & intra-abdominal adipose tissue loss or reduce adipocyte size & inflammatory markers in overweight & obese adults; Controlled feeding study. Journal of Obesity. 2011: 989657.