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Professor Emeritus

Office: A-204 Health Sciences Building
Phone: 206-543-9123
Email: berryman@uw.edu

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Dr. Jack Berryman is Professor in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle. He came to the University of Washington in 1975 after earning his doctorate at the University of Maryland, College Park. His early education included two master's degrees at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a bachelor's degree at Lock Haven State College in Pennsylvania.

Professor Berryman is active in a number of regional, national, and international history organizations. He is a founder and past president of the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild and is past president of the North American Society for Sport History. Dr. Berryman served as editor and managing editor of the Journal of Sport History and was guest editor for a special issue on "Sport, Exercise, and American Medicine" (1987). Because of his pioneering and innovative work in the history of exercise and sports medicine, Professor Berryman was elected Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He was also invited to present the D. B. Dill Historical Lecture before the American College of Sports Medicine an unprecedented two times, in 1994 and in 2004, and was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for Exceptional Contributions by the North American Society for Sport History and the Distinguished Educator Award by Lock Haven University. In 2001, Professor Berryman became the first historian to be elected Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. He currently serves as chair of the American College of Sports Medicine's Office of Museum, History, and Archives and is the Official Historian for the College.

At the University of Washington, Dr. Berryman teaches classes which examine the historical context of modern medicine, personal health practices, various concepts of the body in different cultures, and the evolution of thought and practice relating to exercise science and sports medicine. His classes are offered to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. He has served on and directed a number of doctoral and masters student committees. Professor Berryman has been chair or a member of several University committees, including: Faculty Council on University Libraries; School of Medicine Student Thesis Committee; Committee on Animal Care; Committee on Admissions and Academic Standards; Advisory Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics; School of Medicine Faculty Council on Academic Affairs; Advisory Committee on Recreational Sports Programs; and, School of Medicine Student Progress Committee. He also serves as the coordinator for the Undergraduate Minor in Bioethics and Humanities.

Dr. Berryman was one of the contributing authors of Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1996). He is also author of Fly-Fishing Pioneers & Legends of the Northwest (Northwest Fly Fishing, 2006), Out of Many One: A History of the American College of Sports Medicine (Human Kinetics Publishers, 1995), and co-editor (with Roberta J. Park) of Sport and Exercise Science: Essays in the History of Sports Medicine (University of Illinois Press, 1992). Professor Berryman has written over 100 chapters, articles, and reviews for a variety of publications. His work has been published in Journal of the West, American Quarterly, America Historical Review, British Journal of Sociology, Journal of American History, Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Sports Medicine Bulletin, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Journal of Sport History, Maryland Historical Magazine, Conspectus of History, and Historical Journal of Massachusetts, among others. His current research includes a book tentatively titled The Evolution of Medical Views on Exercise: Physical Activity in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Recent Publications:

  • Berryman, Jack W. 2012, Motion and Rest: Galen on Exercise and Health, The Lancet, 380 (July 21): 210-211.

  • Paluch, Amanda, Berryman, Jack W., Powell, Kenneth E., Vuori, Ilkka, Tipton, Charles M., and Blair, Steven N., 2012. History of Physical Activity Contributions to Public Health. Chapter in Physical Activity and Public Health Practice. Carol Macera and Barbara Ainsworth (eds.) (Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis Group: 1-20).

  • "Exercise is Medicine: A Historical Perspective", Current Sports Medicine Reports, 9:4 (July, Aug. 2010), 195-201.

  • Berryman, Jack W., 2012. The Role of Physiology and Cardiology in the Founding and Early Years of the American College of Sports Medicine, Chapter 1 in The Social Organization of Sports Medicine. Dominic Malcom and Parissa Safai (eds.) New York: Routledge 2012.

  • "Health and Physical Activity Database," American College of Sports Medicine, 2006-2011 (ACSM.org).

  • "Distinguished Leaders in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science," (host and historian), video legacy series, Healthy Learning Productions, Monterey, CA, 2006-2013.

  • "Ancient and Early Influences," Chapter 1 in Charles M. Tipton, ed. Exercise Physiology: People and Ideas (Oxford University Press, 2003), 1-38.

  • "ACSM's 50th Anniversary Commemorative Article Series," Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 35:6 (June 2003), 891.

  • "The History of Exercise in Medicine," The Bulletin of the King County Medical Society, 81:10 (Nov/Dec 2002) 1, 10-13.

  • "Thomas K. Cureton, Jr.: Pioneer Researcher, Proselytizer, and Proponent for Physical Fitness" Res Q Exerc Sport. 1996 Mar;67(1):1-12.

Recent Talks

  • "The Antiquity of Exercise and the Exercise Prescription for Health", First World Congress on "Exercise is Medicine", Baltimore, Maryland, June 2010.
  • "Exercise as Medicine: An Historical Overview", Alderson Lecture (invited), University of Texas, Austin, Tx, April 14, 2009.
  • "The Antiquity of Exercise, Exercise Physiology, and the Exercise Prescription for Health: Influences from Sparta, Athens, and Rome," presented at the Experimental Biology Conference, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, April 2008.
  • "Physical Culture in America: 1954 to 2006," in the session on "Exercise Adherence: Culture to Genes," at the 53rd annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Denver, CO, June 2006.
  • "The Accomplishments of ACSM Over the Past 50 Years: An Historian's Perspective," D.B. Dill Keynote Lecture, 51st Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis RCA Dome, Indiana, June 2004.
  • "Exercise and the Beginning of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Through World War I," presented at Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, April 2004.


  • BH 401, History of Modern Medicine
  • BH 481, Pursuit of Health in American Society
  • BH 483, Rise and Development of Sports Medicine
  • BH 485, Concepts of the Body in 19th and 20th Century America


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