Headshot photo of Kerri Winters-Stone, Ph.D.

Kerri Winters-Stone, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Division of Oncological Sciences, School of Medicine
  • Penny and Phil Knight Endowed Professor in Cancer Research Innovation, Division of Oncological Sciences, School of Medicine
  • Co-Section Head, Cancer Population Sciences, Division of Oncological Sciences, School of Medicine
  • Co-director, Knight Community Partnership Program, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, School of Medicine


Dr. Kerri Winters-Stone, is an exercise scientist and Penny and Phil Knight Endowed Professor in Cancer Research Innovation. She is co-section head of Cancer Population Science in the Division of Oncological Sciences and co-director of the Knight Community Partnership Program for the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. As a scientist, Dr. Winters-Stone’s research focuses on the combined  effects of cancer treatment and aging on musculoskeletal health and cancer recurrence risk and the ability of exercise to improve health and longevity in cancer survivors. While developing and testing exercise-based approaches to improve outcomes in cancer survivors will be the mainstay of her research, Dr. Winters-Stone is always forging new directions. Her work has extended to consider the impact of cancer treatment on the health of intimate partners and relationships by innovating a partnered approach to resistance exercise that builds teamwork and to develop combined diet and exercise interventions to optimize cardiometabolic and musculoskeletal health in cancer survivors. Dr. Winters-Stone has also received NCI funding to determine the patterns and predictors of chemotherapy-induced neuropathy and mobility impairment during neurotoxic chemotherapy and several NCI supplements to integrate digital technology as a tool for continuous passive monitoring of symptoms, mobility and quality of life in aging cancer patients.

Dr. Winters-Stone has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, National Heart Blood and Lung Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Livestrong, and Movember Foundations. This work has supported over 14 controlled clinical exercise trials that have trained over 2500 cancer survivors in different exercise modalities including resistance, aerobic, flexibility and tai ji quan training. She has also co-led the update of the American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors, released in October 2019. The long-term goal of Dr. Winters-Stone’s research is to develop prescriptive exercise programs for cancer survivors that meets their needs and preferences, optimizes their health outcomes, and provides the support and encouragement they need to stay active so that they can live better and longer with cancer. After developing new virtual approaches to the delivery of exercise training during the COVID-19 pandemic, she is now conducting two large type 1 hybrid effectiveness-implementation trials of supervised group exercise which can scale to reach the most underserved patients living in rural and poor regions of the U.S.

Education and training

  • Degrees

    • B.S., 1991, University of California
    • M.S., 1993, University of California
    • Ph.D., 2000, Oregon State University
  • Certifications

    • Limited Operator Permit, Bone Densitometry

Memberships and associations:

  • American College of Sports Medicine

Areas of interest

  • Exercise physiology, exercise oncology, cancer survivorship, aging, musculoskeletal health, body composition, clinical trials
  • Quantitative methods, Clinical Exercise Testing, Patient-Reported Outcomes, Behavioral Science, Clinical Trials



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