Robyn M. Stuhr, MA, ACSM-RCEP
Sports Medicine Program Director
Robyn is Sports Medicine Program Director at UC San Diego Health System, Department of Orthopedic Surgery. She was previously Executive Vice President at the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and spent ten years as Administrative Director and Exercise Physiologist at the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, which is consistently ranked among the top orthopedics hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The Women’s Sports Medicine Center was the first sports medicine program in the United States dedicated to the treatment of active and athletic women.
Robyn was a member of the health promotion team in the Department of Business and Occupational Health at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle for ten years. She was a speaker/facilitator in health promotion workshops, developed and executed health screening and education programs for corporate clients and municipalities, and worked with the occupational health team to implement injury prevention programs. Robyn also designed/executed an incentive-based fitness testing program for the Seattle City Police Department. Her experience in healthcare also includes cardiac rehabilitation, performing exercise prescription and testing, as well as program development.
Robyn has lectured extensively to professional and lay audiences about a variety of fitness and health topics, including exercise for bone and cardiovascular health, the role of exercise in weight management, body image, exercise through menopause and motivational strategies. Robyn believes passionately that there is a form of physical activity that can enrich the life of each person. Robyn recently teamed up with the Arthritis Foundation, the Association of Rheumatology Healthcare Professionals and ACE to create a course on exercise and osteoarthritis for fitness professionals.
Robyn is currently a member of the American College of Sports Medicine “Exercise Is Medicine” Continuing Education Committee, working on initiatives to help healthcare providers and medical students integrate physical activity counseling into patient care. She has been a contributing editor to the ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal and has written several book chapters, articles and educational handouts on exercise, health and fitness. She is on the National Osteoporosis Foundation Exercise and Rehabilitation Advisory Council, assisting with the development of a Position Stand on exercise and bone Health across the lifespan, as well as the Advocacy Committee Chair of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association.
Robyn has enjoyed a lifetime of physical activity, starting out as an active kid playing kick-the-can and street football! She played college volleyball and tennis, was the first YMCA National Women’s Handball Champion and a Northwest Regional Racquetball Champion. Robyn continues to stay active through cycling, swimming, walking, gym workouts and golf. Through injuries and the aging process, Robyn has come to appreciate the challenges and creative strategies needed to remain active throughout life’s journey.
Robyn has a Master's degree in Ergonomics with an emphasis in exercise physiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Bachelor’s degree in Education with a minor in French from Seattle University. She is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP).