CAPT Richard Troiano, is a Director Research Scientist in the Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch of the Applied Research Program in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and is currently serving on a detail to the Office of the Surgeon General. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in nutrition from Cornell University. His research interest is improved understanding of the relationship between health and physical activity, with a particular focus on the measurement of physical activity.
In 1993, Dr. Troiano entered government service and the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He joined the Division of Health Examination Statistics of the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, where he helped design the body composition, physical activity and physical fitness components of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Since moving to the NCI, Dr. Troiano has extended his work with the NHANES by implementing the use of devices to obtain measures of participants’ physical activity, sleep, and body strength. CAPT Troiano is the author of more than 70 publications and has been a member of the Interagency Work Group for the Healthy People 2010 and 2020 Nutrition and Overweight Focus Area and the Healthy People 2020 Physical Activity and Fitness Focus Area. During a detail to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CAPT Troiano was the Coordinator of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) development of 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.