Leslie Bonci

Leslie J. Bonci


Director, Sports Medicine Nutrition
Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Center for Sports Medicine
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Leslie Bonci is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh where she is now an adjunct assistant professor of nutrition.  She is also a Board certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition. She sees clients on an individual basis for any nutrition-related concerns, including digestive disorders, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and eating disorders.

Bonci serves as the sports dietitian for the Pittsburgh Steelers, a position she has held for the past 15 years, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates, the Riverhounds, The University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department , and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She also consults to local and national schools and universities, including the University of Texas on topics such as eating disorders and sports nutrition and is a consultant to the NCAA. She has served as also the consulting nutritionist for the US Olympics Canoe and Kayak team. Leslie also consults with the WNBA. Leslie works with 45 high schools in Western Pennsylvania and also lectures to gymnastics clubs, swimming clubs, and sports camps. Leslie is also on the Gatorade sports nutrition board.

She is a contributing author to the sports nutrition manual by the American Dietetic Association and has written chapters for other textbooks including DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, ACSM’s Primary Care Sports Medicine, the IOC Basketball Handbook, and Integrated Women’s Health: Holistic Approaches for Comprehensive Care. She co-authored Total Fitness for Women and is the author of the American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion. Leslie was guest editor for Clinics in Sports Medicine:  Sports Nutrition Update, 2007.  She also writes regularly for Training and Conditioning Journal and sits on the editorial board of the Journal for Athletic Training. Leslie served as an author on the 2007 National Athletic Trainer’s Association position paper on Disordered eating in Athletes.