Travis Thomas, Ph.D., RD, CSSD

Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences
Division of Clinical Nutrition



Dr. Thomas earned his B.S. and M.S in Nutrition, with an emphasis on Clinical Nutrition and Wellness from East Carolina University. After becoming a Registered Dietitian in 2001, he worked as a Clinical Dietitian in Greensboro, NC. His primary responsibilities as a clinician included managing medical nutrition therapy for patients in general medicine, cardiac, rehabilitation, and intensive care units.

Dr. Thomas completed his Ph.D in Nutrition at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Kansas. Throughout his doctoral and postdoctoral studies, Dr. Thomas expanded his clinical knowledge base to include aspects of exercise physiology, sports nutrition, body composition, and hormone physiology. Dr. Thomas is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Kentucky.

Teaching-Research Focus

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Exercise induced body composition and hormonal changes
  • Role of dairy and vitamin D in promoting health
  • Weight maintenance
  • Nutrition strategies for promoting accretion and preservation of lean body mass


Dr. Thomas resides in Lexington. He is married and has a daughter. He enjoys spending time with family, traveling, staying physically active, being outdoors, oenology, and following college sports, including his beloved Pirates and Wildcats.

Travis Thomas, Ph.D.

Travis Thomas, Ph.D., RD, CSSD
Assistant Professor

Room 209B Wethington Building
900 South Limestone Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0200
(859) 218-0863
Fax: (859) 257-2454