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Pete Brubaker
Pete Brubaker
Professor, Chair of the Department
Office: Worrell 2164A
Phone: 336-758-4683


Dr. Brubaker received his MS from Wake Forest University and his Ph.D. from Temple University.  Dr. Brubaker teaches Cardiopulmonary Disease Management, Graded Exercise Testing and Prescription and Physiology.  Dr. Brubaker is an exercise physiologist whose research interest focuses on exercise and the cardiovascular system.  His specific interests are focused in the area of heart failure exercise physiology and cardiovascular disease prevention/rehabilitation.


Human Physiology (HES 350/650)

Cardiovascular Disease Management (HES 761)

Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription (HES 765)


Peer-Reviewed Publications (since 2010)

Ayabe M, Brubaker PH*, Ishi K, Yahiro T, Kiyonaga K, Shindo M, Tanaka H. Objectively Measured Physical Activity Levels of Venetian Adults.  Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. (in press)

Haykowsky MJ,  Brubaker PH, Stewart KP, Morgan TM, Eggebeen J, Kitzman DW.  Effect of Endurance Training on the Determinants of Peak Exercise Oxygen Consumption in Elderly Patients with Stable Compensated Heart Failure and Preserved Ejection Fraction.  J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012 Jul 10;60(2):120-8. PMID:22766338

Haykowsky M, Brubaker PH, Kitzman D. Role of Physical Training in Heart Failure with a Preserved Ejection Fraction.  Curr Heart Fail Rep. 2012 Jun;9(2):101- 6.PMID:22430146

Haykowsky MJ,  Herrington DM, Brubaker PH, Morgan TM, Eggebeen J, Hundley WG, Kitzman DW. Relationship of Flow-Mediated Arterial Dilation and Exercise Capacity in Older Patients With Heart Failure and Preserved Ejection Fraction. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2012 Apr 20. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22522508

Murad, K, Brubaker PH, Fitzgerald DM, Morgan TM, Goff DG, Soliman E, Eggebeen J, Kitzman DW.  Exercise Training Improves Heart Rate Variability in Older Patients with Heart Failure: A Randomized Controlled Trial.  Congest Heart Fail. 2012 Apr 26. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22536936.

Keteyian SJ, Kitzman D, Zannad F, Landzberg J, Arnold JM, Brubaker PH, BrawnerCA, Bensimhon D, Hellkamp AS, Ewald G. Predicting maximal HR in heart failure patients on β-blockade therapy. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2012 Mar;44(3):371-6. PMID: 21900844

Brubaker P, Ozemek C, Gonzalez A, Wiley S, Collins G.  Cardiorespiratory responses during underwater and land treadmill exercise in college athletesJ Sport Rehabil. 2011 Aug; 20 (3):345-54.PMID: 21828386

Haykowsky MJ, Brubaker PH, John JM, Stewart KP, Morgan TM, Kitzman DW. Determinants of exercise intolerance in elderly heart failure patients with preserved ejection fraction. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011 Jul 12;58(3):265-74. PMID: 21737017Rejeski WJ, Brubaker PH, Goff DC Jr, Bearon LB, McClelland JW, Perri MG, Ambrosius WT. Translating weight loss and physical activity programs into the community to preserve mobility in older, obese adults in poor cardiovascular health Arch Intern Med. 2011 May 23;171(10):880-6. 24. PMID: 21263080

Brubaker PH, Kitzman DW. Chronotropic incompetence: causes, consequences, and management. Circulation. 2011 Mar 8;123(9):1010-20. PMID: 21382903

Dobrosielski DA, Rosenbaum D, Wooster BM, Merrill M, Swanson J, Moore JB, Brubaker PH*Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk in Collegiate Football Players and nonathletes J Am Coll Health. 2011;59(3):224-7.PMID: 21186454

Arena R, Myers J, Abella J, Pinkstaff S, Brubaker P, Kitzman DW, Peberdy MA, Bensimhon D, Chase P, Guazzi M. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing is equally prognostic in young, middle-aged and older individuals diagnosed with heart failure. Int J Cardiol. 2010 Jun 24. PMID: 20580105

John JM, Haykowsky M, Brubaker P, Stewart K, Kitzman DW. Decreased left ventricular distensibility in response to postural change in older patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2010;299(3):H883-9. PMID: 20562334

Arena R, Myers J, Abella J, Pinkstaff S, Brubaker P, Kitzman D, Peberdy MA, Bensimhon D, Chase P, Forman DE, Guazzi M. Defining the optimal prognostic window for cardiopulmonary exercise testing in patients with heart failure.  Circ Heart Fail. 2010;3(3):405-11. Epub 2010 Mar 3.PMID: 20200329.

Kitzman DW, Brubaker PH, Morgan TM, Stewart KP, Little WC.  Exercise training in older patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction: a randomized, controlled, single-blind trial. Circ Heart Fail. 2010;3(6):659-67. PMID: 20852060

Arena R, Myers J, Abella J, Pinkstaff S, Brubaker P, Kitzman D, Peberdy MA, Bensimhon D, Chase P, Guazzi M. Prognostic significance of the oxygen uptake efficiency slope: percent-predicted versus actual value. Am J Cardiol. 2010;105(5):757-8. PMID: 20185029

Brubaker PH* and Ozemek C..  Exercise for the Failing Heart:  Harmful or Helpful? ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal. April 2010

Kitzman D, Hundley G, Brubaker PH, Morgan T, Moore JB, Stewart KP, Little WC. A Randomized, Blinded Trial of Enalapril in Older Patients with Heart Failure and Preserved Ejection Fraction: Effects on Exercise Tolerance and Arterial DistensibilityCirc Heart Fail. 2010 Jul 1;3(4):477-85. PMID: 2051642554.

Denton W, Brubaker PHAvoidance May Be Bad For The Heart: A Comparison of Dyadic Initiator Tendency In Cardiac Rehabilitation Patients and Matched ControlsBehavorial Medicine. 2010;35(4):135-42.

Ayabe M, Brubaker PH*Self-Monitoring Moderate-Vigorous Physical Activity Versus Steps/Day Is More Effective in Chronic Disease Exercise ProgramsJ Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2010 Mar-Apr;30(2):111-5.PMID:19952772

Additional Information

Professional Contributions:

  • Active member and Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Association of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation for 20+ years.
  • Published nearly 100 articles/chapters in exercise physiology or cardiology journals/books and co-authored a textbook entitled “Coronary Artery Disease: Essentials of Prevention and Rehabilitation Programs”.
  • Given hundreds of research and clinical presentations in numerous states and countries (Australia, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Singapore).
  • Clinical Section Editor (7th ed.) of the ACSM Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription and is Cardiovascular Section Editor for ACSM’s Exercise in the Management of Chronic Disease and Disability (3rd ed.).
  • Research and clinical work are in the area of heart failure exercise physiology and cardiovascular disease prevention/rehabilitation and current funded research focuses on the effect of exercise interventions on aging, obesity, and heart failure.