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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, and Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, and the University of Michigan Medical School. 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. Currently, he serves as a collaborating 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.
Dr. Franklin has written or edited more than 500 publications, including 330 papers, 297 abstracts, 70 book chapters, and 23 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). Since 1976, he has given over 600 invited presentations to local, state, national and international, medical and lay audiences.