1 - 4 August 2024


Ross Arena

University of Illinois Chicago, USA

Ross Arena is Professor and Head of the Department of Physical at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Arena received his B.S. in Human Performance from Southern Connecticut State University in 1993.  He went on to receive his M.S. in Physical Therapy in 1997 and Ph.D. in Physiology in 2001 from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University.  Dr. Arena is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, European Society of Cardiology, Royal Medical Society, and American College of Sports Medicine. He has led the successful implementation of several innovative healthy living initiatives in the academic, clinical, and community settings, most recently founding the Healthy Living for Pandemic Event Protection (HL-PIVOT) network.  Dr. Arena’s scholarly interests include: 1) Exercise testing and training in patients diagnosed with cardiopulmonary disease/dysfunction; and 2) Healthy living initiatives that promote the healthspan.  Dr. Arena has published extensively in these areas with over 1100 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, and book chapters. In a recent publication, Dr. Arena was recognized as “the most prolific and co-cited co-author” in the field of cardiopulmonary exercise testing from 2002-2021 (https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcvm.2022.982351/full)