Shearer Endowed Term Professor in Healthy Community Practices
Professor of Nutrition Sciences
Director, Nutrition Programs

The limited ability to absorb nutrients from food challenges the quality of life of patients with severe gastrointestinal diseases and critical illness.

Through her clinical practice and research, Charlene W. Compher has improved quality of life for people with short bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and critical illnesses. 

“Working on research projects that have the potential to improve the quality of patients’ lives and participating in team science is exciting and inspiring.”


  • PhD, Drexel University, 1999 
  • MS, Drexel University, 1982 
  • BS, University of Tennessee, 1970