Ross Arena

Ross Arena

Professor, Department Head, Physical Therapy

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1919 W. Taylor St., 454 AHSB

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By appointment


Ross Arena, PhD, PT, FAHA, FESC, is professor and head of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Arena received his B.S. in human performance from Southern Connecticut State University in 1993. He went on to receive his M.S. in physical therapy in 1997 and Ph.D. in physiology in 2001 from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Arena is a Fellow and active member of the American Heart Association and European Society of Cardiology. Dr. Arena’s scholarly interests include: 1) exercise testing and training in patients diagnosed with cardiopulmonary disease/dysfunction; and 2) healthy living initiatives and policy across the lifespan. Dr. Arena has published extensively in these areas with over 770 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and book chapters.

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Notable Honors

2007 - Fellow, American Heart Association

2015 - Fellow, European Society of Cardiology