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Dr. Neil Oldridge, PhD, FASCM, FAACVPR, FESC

Professor Emeritus [Active], College of Health Sciences
Neil Oldridge, PhD, FASCM, FAACVPR, FESC

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PhD, Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1972
MSc, Kinesiology, University of Florida, 1966
BA, English and Human Kinetics, Rhodes University, South Africa, 1964

Faculty Appointments

Before retiring in 2013, Oldridge served as Professor at
McMaster University [Kinesiology], Ontario, Canada, 1972 – 1984

Milwaukee Campus, University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School, 1985 – 1988

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee [Health Sciences], 1988-1998

Indiana University [Health Sciences and Medicine], 1998 – 2003

and subsequently as Clinical Adjunct Professor, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine

Public Health and Director of Cardiology Fellow Research, Aurora Health Care System, 2004 – 2013

Professor Emeritus [Active], Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2003 – present

Research Interests and Teaching Experience

Neil Oldridge’s initial research focused on the impact of exercise rehabilitation in persons with coronary heart disease and the related issue of compliance with the intervention. This developed into a specific interest in health-related quality of life as a patient-reported outcome measure; he has developed two health-related quality of life questionnaires for patients with heart disease, the MacNew [1991] and the HeartQoL [2014], which are widely used internationally. Oldridge has been at the forefront of research into the investigation of the cost-effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation services.

Oldridge has been a principal or co-investigator on 28 research grants funded by agencies in Canada, the USA and Europe with more than $7 million in extramural funding between 1972 and 2012.

Oldridge’s teaching experience was focused primarily on a] the examination of the effectiveness of physical activity a] in the prevention and rehabilitation of persons at risk of or with diagnosed coronary heart disease and b] in persons with disabilities and c] chronic disease epidemiology.

Speaker Topics

•Coronary heart disease and rehabilitation
•Health-related quality of life in patients with coronary heart disease
•Cost-effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation
•The epidemiology of physical activity in the prevention and rehabilitation in persons at risk of or with diagnosed coronary heart disease
•Outcome assessment

Honors & Awards


Michael M. Pollock Established Investigator Award, American Association Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation, 2005
Wei Lun Visiting Professorship, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2004
Peter Beckmann Medal, German Society for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Disease for Lifetime Achievement in Research in Cardiac Rehabilitation, 2002
Citation Award, American College of Sports Medicine, 1994
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Foundation Research Award, 1994


American College of Sports Medicine
• Strategic Planning, Chair, 1997- 2001
• President, 1990-1991
• Fellow, 1976

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
• Board of Directors, 1985-1989
• Founding Fellow, 1985

European Society of Cardiology
• Fellow, 2010


Neil Oldridge, with 173 manuscripts published between 1970 and 2020, was listed in the top 1% of the 2020 Stanford University “Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators” [Ioannidis, JPA, Boyack KW, Baas J. PLoS Biol 18[10]: e3000918]

Oldridge NB, Nagle FJ, Balke B, Corliss RJ, Kahn D. Aortocoronary bypass surgery: Effects of surgery and 32 months of physical conditioning on treadmill performance. Arch Phys Medi Rehabilitation, 1978; 59:268-275

Rechnitzer P, Cunningham DA, Andrew G, Buck C, Jones NL, Kavanagh T, Oldridge N, et al. The relation of exercise to the recurrence rate of myocardial infarction in men. Ontario Exercise-Heart Collaborative Study. Am J Cardiol, 1983; 51:65-69

Oldridge NB, Donner A, Buck C, Andrew G, Jones NL, Parker JO, et al. Predictors of dropout from the Ontario Exercise – Heart Collaborative Study. Am J Cardiol, 1983; 51:70-74.

Oldridge NB, Guyatt GH, Fisher M, Rimm A. Cardiac rehabilitation after myocardial infarction: combining data from randomized clinical trials. JAMA, 1988; 260:945-950

Oldridge N, Guyatt G, Jones N, Crowe J, Singer J, Feeny D, McKel vie R, et al. Effects on quality of life with cardiac rehabilitation after acute myocardial infarction. Am J Cardiol, 1991; 67: 1084-1089

Oldridge NB, Furlong W, Feeny D, Torrance G, Guyatt G, Crowe J, et al. Cost-effectiveness of rehabilitation following myocardial infarction. Am J Cardiol, 1993; 72:154-161

Jolliffe JA, Rees K, Taylor RS, Thompson D, Oldridge N, Ebrahim S. Exercise-based rehabilitation for coronary heart disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2000;4:CD001800

Marchionni N, Fattirolli F, Fumagalli S, Oldridge N, del Lungo F, Morosi L, et al. Improved exercise tolerance and quality of life of older patients after myocardial infarction: Results of the cardiac rehabilitation in advanced age (CR-AGE) randomized, controlled trial. Circulation, 2003;107:2201-2206

Thomas RJ, King M, Lui K, Oldridge N, Piña IL, Spertus J. AACVPR/ACC/AHA 2007 performance measures on cardiac rehabilitation for referral to and delivery of cardiac rehabilitation/secondary prevention services. Circulation, 2007;116:1611-1642

Oldridge NB, Furlong W, Perkins A, Feeny D, Torrance G. Patient-based or community-based preferences in patients with recent myocardial infarction: Does it matter? Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil, 2008;15:608-15

Oldridge N, Höfer S, McGee H, Doyle F, Conroy R, Saner H. The HeartQoL: I. Development of a new core health-related quality of life questionnaire for patients with ischaemic heart disease. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2014:21;90-97

Oldridge N, Höfer S, McGee H, Doyle F, Conroy R, Saner H. The HeartQoL: II. Validation of a new core health-related quality of life questionnaire for patients with ischaemic heart disease. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2014; 21;98-106

Oldridge NB, Pakosh MT, Thomas RJ. Cardiac rehabilitation in low- and middle-income countries: a review on cost and cost-effectiveness. Int Health, 2016;8:77-82

Anderson L, Oldridge N, Thompson DR, Zwisler A-D, Rees K, Martin, et al. Exercise-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation for Coronary Heart Disease: Cochrane Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Am Coll Cardiol, 2016;67:1-12

Oldridge N, Taylor R. Cost-effectiveness of prescribed exercise interventions in patients with coronary heart disease, heart failure, and associated risk factors: A systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Eur J Prev Cardiol, 2020:27:1045-1055