Professor of Medicine
Section Chief of Health Promotion and Sports Medicine
Director of the Human Performance Laboratory
Kerry Kuehl, M.D., Dr.P.H., is director of the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL), and he helped establish the HPL while working as an exercise physiologist at OHSU in the 1980s. He then attended Loma Linda University School of Medical, where he received both the M.D and Doctor of Public Health degrees, doing research in nutritional epidemiology. Following completing his internal medicine training, Dr. Kuehl rejoined the faculty, where he currently is an Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Kuehl is an expert in clinical nutrition, sport supplements and the nonsurgical care of sport injuries. He received a prestigious career development award from the National Institutes of Health and has adapted the Division’s team-centered health promotion programs for adults by developing and studying the CHOICE, (Changing Health Outcomes In Clinical Environments) Trial, which examines behavior change strategies among overweight, sedentary primary care patients. He also has focused on the cost effectiveness of health promotion activities, working as a co-investigator on the NIH-funded PHLAME program for fire fighters and the HEALTHY study to prevent diabetes among middle school students. Dr, Kuehl maintains a clinical practice as a primary care physician specializing in cardiovascular disease prevention and sports medicine. He has mentored medical students and house staff in research activities and teaches in the HPL, clinics and hospital setting. Dr. Kuehl has published over 50 scientific articles and is a sought after speaker on the topics of health promotion, sports nutrition and the physiology of exercise.