James M. Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor at Michigan State University, in the Departments of Kinesiology and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and has been president of the American College of Sports Medicine and the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in exercise physiology from Indiana University and completed an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the St. Louis University School of Medicine, Department of Physiology.
Pivarnik has studied many aspects of physical activity, particularly during pregnancy, for over 25 years representing many different perspectives including physiologic, psychophysiologic and epidemiologic. He has published 130 peer reviewed papers, 10 book chapters, over 200 abstracts and has been a primary or co-investigator on 45 research grants from federal, state and foundation sources. He was also responsible for writing the pregnancy section of the 2008 U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
Recent work has focused on the ACSM Exercise is Medicine On Campus (EIM-OC) initiative, a committee which he chaired for several years. At his home institution (Michigan State University), he serves on the Healthy Campus Initiative, which includes the EIM-OC initiative.