Gerald Zavorsky, Ph.D. Serves as New Director of the Human Physiology Lab

Published on Mon, August 30, 2010


Gerald Zavorsky, Ph.D. will serve as the Director of the Human Physiology Lab and Associate Professor in the College of Health and Human Services at Marywood University. In his new position, he will manage the Human Physiology Lab and will conduct research with students on obesity, athletes, and aging.

Prior to his new position, he served as Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health and the Department of Pharmacological and Physiological Science at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He also served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at Medicine McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in the Department of Exercise Science in Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, and as a teaching assistant at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. During his experience, he has been awarded grants such as the Quebec Health Research Foundation that researched the impact of rapid weight loss on diffusing capacity and pulmonary gas exchange at rest and during exercise in the morbidly obese. He also received the Canadian Foundation for Innovation New Opportunities Fund, where he studied the regulation of blood flow and oxygen transport during exercise, and vascular remodeling with training.

Dr. Zavorsky has published his work in over 40 publications including Respir Physiol Neurobiol, Acta Physiologica, and Handbook of Obesity Surgery: Current Concepts of Morbid Obesity and Related Diseases. He has presented on areas of his expertise at 25 national and international conferences, 20 seminars/ venues, and has reviewed 37 manuscripts including American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

He has received numerous awards for his research including the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Award. He is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, National Strength and Conditioning Association, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, and American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Zavorsky is a Certified Exercise Physiologist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He holds a NCCP Level III National Coaching Certification. Dr. Zavorsky earned a B.Ed. and an M.A. at McGill University, Montreal. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Medicines at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.