Barry FranklinBarry Franklin is named the 2009-2010 Pease Family Scholar by the Iowa State University Department of Kinesiology. Franklin is a noted author and scholar in combining exercise physiology with cardiology, heart disease prevention and cardiovascular risk reduction, obesity and metabolism.


Franklin earned his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Kent State University, his master’s degree in health and physical education from the University of Michigan, and his doctoral degree in physiology from Pennsylvania State University. 

He has previously served as president of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and president of the American College of Sports Medicine. He has also held multiple leadership positions with the American Heart Association at the regional and national level. 

Franklin has written or edited more than 500 publications, including 77 book chapters, and 27 books.  His most widely cited text, co-authored with Joseph C. Piscatella, is titled, “Take a Load Off Your Heart.” His latest book is “Contemporary Diagnosis and Management in Cardiovascular Exercise,” co-authored by Dr. Neil Gordon., which features state-of-the-art strategies for patients to help them avoid lifestyle choices that may put them at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Currently, Franklin is the director of cardiac rehabilitation and exercise laboratories at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. and 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, at the University of Michigan Medical School. He also currently serves as chair of the American Heart Association Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism.


As the 2009-10 Pease Family Scholar, Franklin presented “Exercise as the antidote to aging: Reversing the aging process” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22 in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room. His talk was free and open to the public.