Andrew Ray, PT, PhD

Associate Professor of Oncology
Rehabilitation Specialist
Cancer Prevention and Control
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Areas of Expertise: 
Rehabilitation/Prehabilitation
Exercise Physiology
Cancer Survivorship
Respiratory Muscle Training
Lung Cancer

Biography

Dr. Ray’s work focuses on respiratory muscle dysfunction and cancer treatment-induced symptomology (dyspnea) and a reduced exercise capacity. More specifically, he incorporates respiratory muscle training to improve postoperative outcomes in patients electing curative intent resection for lung cancer. This project has significant clinical and quality of life implications. By improving “respiratory reserve” before treatment, Dr. Ray can effectively reduce the postoperative length of stay and complications such as pneumonia. With a home-based approach, Dr. Ray’s work has the potential to reach a large number of patients that may otherwise not receive rehabilitation services.

Background

Education and Training: 
2006 - PhD - Exercise Science, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
1999 - PT - Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences University at Buffalo, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Fellowship: 
Office of Naval Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Professional Memberships: 
American Physical Therapy Association
American College of Sports Medicine
National Strength and Conditioning Association