Tim Church

Dr. Tim Church is a Professor of the John S. McIlhenny Endowed Chair of Health Wisdom and is the director of the Laboratory of Preventive Medicine at the Pennington Biomedical Research Centre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Church earned his Medical Degree and PhD from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed a residency in preventive medicine at Tulane during which time he obtained a Masters in Public Health.

Public Health and General Preventive Medicine

He is Board Certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. He is a PI, Co-I, or investigator on a number of NIH grants, most of which address issues related to exercise and health, including exercise and the treatment of depression, exercise and cancer survivorship, and exercise and maintenance of function in the elderly.

Main interests

Dr. Church’s main interest is in the role of exercise in the modulation of nontraditional CHD risk factors such as C-reactive protein, heart rate variability, and visceral fat.


He is an author of more than 50 peer-reviewed publications; he’s received several awards for his research and co-authored the book Move Yourself.

TV appearances

Dr. Church has been an expert on national TV interviews regarding exercise and obesity, and has been interviewed by NBC’s Today show, USA Today, TIME magazine, the Washington Post, Oprah’s the Magazine and CNN.