About Barry Franklin

Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D., is Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Laboratories at William Beaumont Hospital. He holds adjunct faculty appointments as Clinical Professor of Exercise Science at Oakland University, Professor of Physiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, and the University of Michigan Medical School, and Professor of Internal Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Kent State University, The University of Michigan, and The Pennsylvania State
University, respectively.

In the mid 1970’s, Dr. Franklin participated as a Collaborating Investigator with Dr. Herman K. Hellerstein in the National Exercise and Heart Disease Project, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. From 1979 to 1985 he served as Director, Cardiovascular Fitness and Rehabilitation Program, Sinai Hospital of Detroit. During his tenure at William Beaumont Hospital (1985 – present) the cardiac rehabilitation program and stress testing laboratories have achieved national and international recognition in the treatment and evaluation of coronary artery disease. Dr. Franklin has been the recipient of numerous grants for research in the field of cardiac rehabilitation. Recently, he served as a collaborating site investigator for HF-ACTION, a randomized, controlled trial investigating outcomes of exercise training in patients with heart failure

Pursuing his interest in combining exercise physiology with cardiology, Dr. Franklin and his associates have studied the hemodynamic and cardiorespiratory responses to numerous occupational and leisure-time activities in persons with and without heart disease, including snow shoveling, lawn mowing, stair climbing, and deer hunting. Other areas of research interest include the primary and secondary prevention of heart disease, comprehensive cardiovascular risk reduction, obesity and metabolism, exercise testing and prescription, and lipids/lipoproteins.

Over the years, Dr. Franklin’s professional accomplishments have been recognized through a number of honors and awards, including:

Alumni Recognition Award, College of Health and Human Development, the Pennsylvania State University (1989); BEACON Wellness Award, Blue Care Network of Southeastern Michigan (1991); Award of Excellence, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR, 1992); Horace Elgin Dodge Award, American Heart Association of Michigan (1998); Glenn V. Swengros Memorial Leadership Award (2002); Dodrill Award, American Heart Association (2003); Citation Award, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM; 2003); Pollock Established Investigator Award, AACVPR (2004); Award of Meritorious Achievement, American Heart Association, National Volunteer Leadership Conference (2006); Distinguished Alumnus Award, Kent State University, School of Exercise, Leisure & Sport (2008); Outstanding Medical Research Award: “Seeker of the Truth,” William Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak (2008); and Honor Award (ACSM; 2009). In 1995, he served as a member of the Expert Panel, Cardiac Rehabilitation Guideline, convened by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Since 1994, Dr. Franklin has been an appointee to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports (State of Michigan).

He served as President of the AACVPR in 1988 and President of the ACSM in 1999. Dr. Franklin has also held multiple leadership positions with the American Heart Association (AHA), both at the regional and national level. Currently, he serves as immediate past Chair, AHA Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism. In February 2010, he was appointed to the national AHA Board of Trustees as well as a member of the Administrative Cabinet. He is a past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and the American Journal of Medicine and Sports. At the present time, he holds editorial positions with 15 other scientific and clinical journals, including the American Journal of Cardiology, the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Preventive Cardiology, the Physician and Sportsmedicine, American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Dr. Franklin has written or edited more than 500 publications, including 418 papers, 342 abstracts, 79 book chapters, and 25 books. His widely cited text for the lay public, co-authored with Joseph C. Piscatella, is entitled, “Take a Load Off Your Heart” (Workman Publishing, New York). He is also a co-author of the American Heart Association text entitled, “The No-Fad Diet” (Random House, New York). Recently, he co-edited “Pollock’s Textbook of Cardiovascular Disease and Rehabilitation,” (Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL); his latest book is “Contemporary Diagnosis and Management in Cardiovascular Exercise,” co-authored by Dr. Neil Gordon. Since 1976, he has given over 1,000 invited presentations to state, national and international, medical and lay audiences.