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Kathryn Schmitz

Kathryn Schmitz

Program: Biobehavioral Cancer Control

(412) 623-6216 5150 Centre Ave
Suite 549B
Pittsburgh PA

I am an exercise oncology researcher. My work focuses on large clinical trials related to physical activity and cancer, across the cancer control continuum, from primary prevention to addressing the needs of advanced cancer patients. The central mission of my work is to make exercise standard of care in oncology. Therefore, in addition to the efficacy trials my lab conducts, I am also actively involved in national and international efforts related to implementation of exercise for people living with and beyond cancer. UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is a vibrant community of science with an enormous network, which forms a tremendous platform from which to conduct both efficacy and implementation trials. The spirit of entrepreneurism at HCC allows innovation in keeping with my central mission. I currently lead 3 large NIH funded trials ranging from primary prevention to advanced cancer patients, all with an exercise oncology focus. In my role as leader of the exercise oncology initiative, my goal is to partner with the clinicians of HCC to discern the best ways to ensure that all cancer patients are informed about the benefits of exercise, supported to become active, and referred to appropriate resources (to include outpatient rehabilitation).  

My work has appeared in JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Oncology, JNCI, and JCO, among other prestigious journals. I am the lead author on the first exercise guidelines for cancer patients and survivors from 2010, and senior author on the update from 2019.  I have won numerous prestigious scientific awards, among them the Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine. 

Research Interests and Keywords
  • Exercise
  • Implementation Science
  • Survivorship
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