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John Porcari

Exercise & Sport Science
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Brief biography

John is the Program Director of the Clinical Exercise Physiology (CEP) program and is also the Executive Director of the La Crosse Exercise and Health Program, the University’s on-campus fitness program. He teaches a number of courses in the CEP curriculum (ESS 774: Clinical Practicum in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, ESS 783: Graded Exercise Testing and Prescription, ESS 784: Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology) and supervises many theses projects. He received his doctorate in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst and his master’s degree in Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehabilitation from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. His research interests focus primarily on evaluating new exercise equipment on the market and exercise training techniques in cardiac patients. John has published over 150 papers and authored or co-authored over 350 abstracts.

John was on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) for 9 years and is a Past President of the organization. He also has been on numerous committees and received a Distinguished Service Award from AACVPR in 1995 and the Award of Excellence in 2010. He was the President of the Wisconsin Society of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (WISCVPR) in 1998 and won the Award of Excellence in 2004.



Award recipients at UWL 52nd International Banquet on Mar. 23 in La Crosse, WI were:
  • Vernell Glenn, Financial Aid — Burt & Norma Altman Award in University Service
  • John Porcari, Exercise, Sport Science — Burt & Norma Altman Award in Leadership
  • Alessandro Quartiroli, Psychology — Burt & Norma Altman Award in Community Service
The Burt & Norma Altman Awards were established in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of international education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. In the category of Leadership, our awardee is someone who has dedicated numerous years to hosting international interns on campus and teaching abroad, John Porcari. In the category of University Service, our awardee has assisted countless students with financing their study abroad experiences from the Financial Aid Office, Vernell Glenn. In the category of Community Service, our awardee spent many hours apart of the La Crosse Friends of International Students (LFIS) community organization coordinating international student and WI family matching in addition to leading faculty led programs abroad, Ale Quartiroli

Submitted on: April 13, 2017