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Dr. Tim Church

Dr. Tim Church, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D

Chief Medical Advisor

Tim Church, M.D., M.P.H, Ph.D., is one of the country’s most accomplished medical professionals in exercise and obesity research. As a distinguished researcher and specialist in public health and general preventive medicine, Dr. Church has earned numerous distinctions as a physician, scientist, professor, patent holder, author and civil servant. His passion for helping people achieve better health has been the driving force behind his life’s work, which has included positions such as Vice President of Medical and Laboratory Research at Texas’ famed Cooper Institute and director of the Laboratory of Preventive Medicine at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center (part of the Louisiana State University system) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As Chief Medical Advisor of Genetix Health Institute, Dr. Church seeks to reduce the production of and destruction from disease by guiding the company in the creation of clinical strategies and disease-specific battle plans.

As the author of over 200 research articles, Dr. Church has received numerous awards for his research in preventive health. He is co-author of, “Move Yourself, The Cooper Clinic Medical Director’s Guide to All Healing Benefits of Exercise (Even a Little!)”(Wiley & Sons, 2008). Drawing upon research from thousands of Cooper Clinic patients and research participants from around the world, the book proves how simple activity makes a significant impact when it comes to preventing major diseases and obesity. Unlike many popular fitness books, “Move Yourself,” advocates engaging in pure activity, not an exercise plan.

Frequently used as an expert source for preventive health stories with major national media outlets, Dr. Church has been cited by: The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, NBC’s Today show, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Reuters, The Washington Post, Consumer Reports, Vogue, Prevention magazine, Time magazine, National Public Radio, O, The Oprah Magazine, the London Times, CNN and more.

As a consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee, Dr. Church contributed to their national report published in 2008. Dr. Church was also an invited speaker at the United States Congress, Committee on Government Reform: Diet, Physical Activity and Dietary Supplements: The Scientific Basis for Improving Health, Saving Money and Preserving Personal Choice.

Dr. Church is the former Vice President of Medical and Laboratory Research at The Cooper Institute in Dallas, known worldwide as an international leader in some of the most comprehensive studies on human performance and disease prevention. Dr. Church resides in Dallas, is a two-time finisher of Ironman distance triathlons and currently is a purple belt in Jui Jitsui under the supervision of Carlos Machado.

  • Education:

    • Tulane School of Medicine – M.D.
    • Tulane University Graduate School – Ph.D in Structural and Cell Biology
    • Tulane University School of Public Health – M.P.H.
    • Residencies in Presbyterian-St. Luke Hospital in Denver and the Tulane Medical Center’s Preventive Medicine Program
    • Board Certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine
    • Principal Investigator, Co-Lead Investigator, 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, and exercise and maintenance of function in the elderly.

  • Experience: 20 + Years
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