The People

Victor Froelicher, MD

Position: Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Human Performance Lab


Medical School:  University of Pittsburgh
Internship and Internal Medicine training: Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center
Fellowship (Cardiology):  University of Alabama

Research Interests:

While at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Dr. Froelicher published numerous works related to exercise physiology and early screening for coronary artery disease in healthy aviators. His angiographic and follow up studies of aviators were critical to the understanding of silent ischemia and the application of Baysian statistics and predictive modeling to diagnostic tests. He joined the faculty at the University of California at San Diego and there was the principal investigator of a NHLBI randomized trial of cardiac rehabilitation called PERFEXT.  From 1984 to 1992, he was Chief of Cardiology at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Assistant Chief at the University of California, Irvine. At the Long Beach VA, he performed the largest outcomes study in the VA of coronary artery disease. He was the co-principal investigator of a Veterans Affairs cooperative multicenter study of exercise testing and angiography called QUEXTA.

Dr. Froelicher has participated in developing exercise testing guidelines for numerous organizations including the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. The 5th Edition of” Exercise and the Heart” and second edition of the “Manual of Exercise Testing” were just released. Also, he has co-authored over 300 papers, serves on numerous editorial boards and reviews for all of the mayor medical journals.   In 1995 he was chosen for the "Best Doctors in the U.S." book and since 1997 has been chosen as a “Best Doctor” in the "Pacific Region" and the peninsula.