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About Maria Oirkha, RD
Maria Oirkha is a registered dietitian (RD) who counsels people on their eating habits to improve health and help treat diseases. She specializes in providing comprehensive nutritional care and support to individuals with chronic illnesses, particularly cancer. She is part of the multidisciplinary team at Moores Cancer Center, working closely with patients at various stages of treatment to address their nutritional needs and symptoms.
Ms. Oirkha's approach emphasizes not only improving health and managing side effects of treatment but also cancer prevention and survivorship. She is dedicated to fostering an empathetic and collaborative environment for individuals facing a cancer diagnosis to help them maintain strength and quality of life.
Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, she provided support for cancer patients at MultiCare Regional Cancer Center in Tacoma, Wash.
Ms. Oirkha completed her bachelor's degree in food science and nutrition at Central Washington University. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the Oncology Dietetics Practice Group.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and outdoor activities.
UC San Diego Health Links
For more information, see Nutrition Counseling at Moores Cancer Center.
- Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA
Date Joined Staff
Conditions and Treatments
- Nutrition in Cancer Care
- Healthy Eating
- Medical Nutrition Therapy
- Breast Cancer
- Bone Marrow Transplant and Hematology
- Diabetic Diet