Timothy Church, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.Professor
Preventive Medicine Laboratory
EDUCATIONDr. Church earned his Medical Degree and PhD (structural and cellular biology) from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed a residency in preventive medicine at Tulane during which time he obtained a Masters in Public Health.
RESEARCH INTERESTSDr. Church is a PI, Co-I, or investigator on a number of NIH grants, most of which address issues related to exercise and health including exercise and the treatment of depression, exercise and cancer survivorship, exercise and maintenance of function in the elderly, and exploring the benefits of different types of exercise in individuals with diabetes. Dr. Church has a particular interest in the role of exercise in the modulation of nontraditional CHD risk factors such as C-reactive protein, heart rate variability, and visceral fat.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONSChurch TS, Earnest CP, Skinner JS, and Blair SN. Effects of Different Doses of Physical Activity on Cardiorespiratory Fitness Among Sedentary, Overweight or Obese Postmenopausal Women with Elevated Blood Pressure: A Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA. 2007,297;2081-2091
Church TS, Kuk JL, Ross R, Priest EL, Biltoff E & Blair SN. Association of Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Body Mass Index and Waist Circumference to Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Gastroenterology. 2006 Jun;130(7):2023-30.
Kuk JL, Katzmarzyk PT, Nichaman MZ, Church TS, Blair SN, Ross R. Visceral Fat Is an Independent Predictor of All-cause Mortality in Men. Obes Res. 2006 Feb;14(2):336-341
Katzmarzyk PT, Janssen I, Church TS, Ross R and Blair SN. The Importance of Waist Circumference in the Definition of Metabolic Syndrome: Prospective Analyses of All-cause and CVD Mortality in Men. Diabetes Care. Diabetes Care. 2006 Feb; 29(2):404-
Church TS, LaMonte MJ, Barlow CE, and Blair SN. Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Body Mass as Predictors of Cardiovascular Disease Mortality among Men with Diabetes. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2005 Oct 10;165(18):2114-20.
Church TS, Willis MS, Priest EL, Lamonte MJ, Earnest CP, Wilkinson WJ, Wilson DA, Giroir BP. Obesity, macrophage migration inhibitory factor, and weight loss. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2005 Jun;29(6):675-81.
Katzmarzyk PT, Church TS and Blair SN. Cardiorespiratory Fitness Attenuates the Effects of the Metabolic Syndrome on All-Cause and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality in Men. Archives of Internal Medicine 2004 May 28;164(10): 1092-1097
Church TS, Cheng YJ, Earnest CP, Barlow, C.E., Gibbons, L.W., Priest, E.L., Blair, S.N. Exercise Capacity and Body Composition as Predictors of Mortality among Men with Diabetes. Diabetes Care 2004 Jan; 27(1): 83-88
Church TS, Earnest CP, Wood KA and Kampert JB. Reduction of C-reactive protein concentrations through use of a multivitamin. Am Journal of Medicine 2003 Dec 15; 115(9):702-707
Church, T.S., Barlow, C.E., Earnest, C.P., Kampert, J.B., Priest, E.L., Blair, S.N. Associations of cardiorespiratory fitness to C-reactive protein in healthy men. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, Vascular Biology, 22(2002); 1869 - 1876
Church, T.S., Finley,C.E., Kampert, J.B, Gibbons, L.W., Blair, S.N. Relative associations of fitness and fatness to fibrinogen, white blood cell count, uric acid and metabolic syndrome. International Journal of Obesity Research 26:6 (2002); 805-13.
Church, T.S., Gibbons, L.W., Kampert, J.B., Barlow, C.E., and Blair, S.N. Usefulness of cardiorespiratory fitness as a predictor of all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality in men with systemic hypertension. American Journal of Cardiology 88 (2001); 651-656.