Kerri Winters-Stone, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Division of Oncological Sciences, School of Medicine
  • Co-leader, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, School of Medicine
  • Co-Director, Community Partnership Program, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, School of Medicine
  • Elnora E. Thomson Distinguished Professor
  • OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, School of Medicine


Dr. Kerri Winters-Stone, is an exercise scientist and Professor and co-lead of Cancer Population Science in the Division of Oncological Sciences. She is also co-director of the Knight Community Partnership Program and Co-program leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program for the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. As a scientist, Dr. Winters-Stone’s research focuses on the effects of cancer treatment 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. Using teamwork, health and functioning of each partner and their relationship could be optimized leading to better outcomes for the couple. More recently Dr. Winters-Stone received new 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 2000 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 exploring how supervised group exercise can reach the most underserved patients living in rural and poor regions of the U.S.

Education and training

    • 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; American Society of Bone and Mineral Research

Areas of interest

  • Exercise physiology, exercise oncology, cancer survivorship, musculoskeletal health, body composition, clinical trials
  • Programmatic Themes: Screening, Early Detection and Survivorship, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
  • Developing and testing exercise interventions that will rehabilitate patients from cancer-treatment related toxicities and improve survival and quality of life in cancer survivors.



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