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Leanna Ross

Assistant Professor in Medicine
Medicine, Cardiology
3475 Erwin Road, Aesthetics Bldg., Rm 281, Durham, NC 27705


Dr. Ross's research focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which exercise interventions elicit short- and long-term cardiometabolic health benefits.  As cardiometabolic disease remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, the goal of her translational research is to enhance the development of evidence-based, precision exercise interventions that optimally prevent and treat disease.

Areas of Research Interest
Exercise dose-response and cardiometabolic health
Insulin action and glucose homeostasis
Legacy health benefits of exercise
Heterogeneity of response to exercise intervention
Precision lifestyle medicine
Epidemiology of physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness


Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor in Medicine · 2024 - Present Medicine, Cardiology, Medicine
Member of Duke Molecular Physiology Institute · 2022 - Present Duke Molecular Physiology Institute, Duke Molecular Physiology Institute

Education, Training & Certifications

University of South Carolina, Columbia · 2017 Ph.D.