Last Name

David White, PhD, ACSM-CEP

TitleExercise Physiologist
InstitutionChildren's Mercy Kansas City
DepartmentHeart Center
Address2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City MO 64108
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-4320-5351 Additional info
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    TitleAssociate Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
    DepartmentSchool of Medicine

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    Ashland University, Ashland, OHBS12/2007Exercise Science
    Ashland University, Ashland, OHBEd12/2007K-12 Education
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PAMS12/2008Exercise Physiology
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PAPh.D01/2013Exercise Physiology
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    2023Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM), The American College of Sports Medicine

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    Dr. David A. White is an Exercise Physiologist and Researcher in the Ward Family Heart Center and Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition at Children’s Mercy Kansas City and Associate Professor in the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He received his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. His research focuses on physical activity and exercise in pediatric and congenital heart diseases, including exercise intervention, remote delivery and remote monitoring, patterns of physical activity, and measures of physical function such as frailty.
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    R01HD094704     (DONNELLY, JOSEPH E.)Jul 26, 2018 - May 31, 2023
    Individual and family based approaches to increase physical activity in adolescents with IDD
    Role: Co-Investigator

         (Thomas Cochran)Jan 1, 2022 - Jan 1, 2024
    Frailty in children with lymphoblastic leukemia and lymphoma – A pilot study
    Role: Co-Investigator

         (David A. White)Jul 1, 2022 - Dec 31, 2023
    Center for Children's Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition
    Adaptation and validation of the Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia for adolescents with cardiac arrhythmia disorders
    Role Description: There have been no studies of fear related to physical activity (PA) or kinesiophobia (KP) in adolescents with cardiac arrhythmia disorders (CArD). As such, there are no validated or reliable tools to measure KP in adolescents with CArD. The purpose of this pilot study is to develop and determine the validity and reliability of a modified version of the TSK-Heart for adolescents with CArD (TSK-Heart-A). The study will have three discrete phases: Phase I = content validity, recruiting content area experts to review the survey; Phase II = face validity, recruiting adolescents with CArD to provide comments on the survey; Phase III = construct/criterion validity and internal and test-retest reliability recruiting adolescents with CArD to complete the new survey as well as other surveys on mental health, quality of life, and physical activity.
    Role: Principal Investigator

    K23HL159325     (David A. White)Jul 15, 2022 - Jun 30, 2027
    Remotely delivered cardiac rehabilitation for children and adolescents with congenital heart disease
    Role Description: Cardiorespiratory fitness [VO2peak] is one of the strongest predictors of cardiac related co-morbidities including physical and psychosocial function, quality of life, heart transplantation, and mortality in those with congenital heart disease [CHD]. The primary aim of the proposed clinical trial is to evaluate the effectiveness of a remotely delivered, in-home, supervised cardiac rehabilitation [CR] exercise program delivered to groups of adolescents with congenital heart disease [n=74] by live health coach via group video conferencing technology; thus eliminating barriers related to accessibility for patients/families who may not have the capability or resources to travel to a regional children’s hospital multiple days per week for traditional in-hospital CR. If our remotely delivered, group based approach for pediatric CR is found to be effective for increasing cardiorespiratory fitness, cardiac function, and other markers of physical and psychosocial health, the implementation of this approach across multiple centers has the potential to improve a patient’s health, wellbeing, and resistance to physiologic stressors, reduce severity of illness and co-morbidities, and potentially lengthen life for children and adolescents with congenital heart disease.
    Role: Principle Investigator

    1019144     (Daniel Forsha)Feb 1, 2023 - Jan 1, 2026
    Additional Ventures - Single Ventricle Foundation
    A comprehensive and non-invasive assessment of skeletal muscle in adolescents with single ventricle circulation
    Role Description: We aim to study adolescents with Fontan including all ventricular morphologies and matched cardio typical controls comprehensively evaluating the following skeletal muscle (SkM) system elements: 1) muscle strength, 2) muscle size/quality, 3) mitochondrial oxidative capacity, and 4) motor unit (neural) activation. Our collaborative, multi-center research team will be the first to comprehensively evaluate the SkM system in the Fontan population. Our central hypothesis is that multiple elements of Fontan SkM health will be diminished compared to controls and will be independently related to worsened measures of fitness, cardiac function, and frailty.
    Role: Co-investigator

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    1. Bodde AE, White DA, Forseth B, Hastert M, Washburn R, Donnelly J, Sullivan D, Ptomey LT. Parent factors associated with BMI, diet, and physical activity of adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Disabil Health J. 2023 10; 16(4):101507. PMID: 37487764.
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    2. Krzywda K, Teson KM, Watson JS, Goudar S, Forsha D, Wagner JB, White DA. Peak Oxygen Consumption (V?O 2peak ) Recovery Delay in a Pediatric Fontan Population. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2023 11 01; 55(11):1961-1967. PMID: 37418236.
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    3. White DA, Layton AM, Curran T, Gauthier N, Orr WB, Ward K, Vernon M, Martinez MN, Rice MC, Hansen K, Prusi M, Hansen JE. ehealth technology in cardiac exercise therapeutics for pediatric patients with congenital and acquired heart conditions: a summary of evidence and future directions. Front Cardiovasc Med. 2023; 10:1155861. PMID: 37332590.
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    4. Carey PM, Yeh HW, Krzywda K, Teson KM, Watson JS, Goudar S, Forsha D, White DA. Moderators of peak respiratory exchange ratio during exercise testing in children and adolescents with Fontan physiology. Cardiol Young. 2023 Nov; 33(11):2334-2341. PMID: 36776115.
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    5. Huang JH, Wittekind SG, Opotowsky AR, Ward K, Lyman A, Gauthier N, Vernon M, Powell AW, White DA, Curran TJ, Orr WB, Stephens P, Robinson B, Pham TD, Mays WA, Burstein D, Carr M, Paridon S, Rhodes J, Koenig P. Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Standards for Training in Exercise Medicine and Curriculum Outline. Pediatr Cardiol. 2023 Mar; 44(3):540-548. PMID: 36422652.
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    6. Studyvin S, Birnbaum BF, Staggs VS, Gross-Toalson J, Shirali G, Panchangam C, White DA. Development and Initial Validation of a Frailty Score for Pediatric Patients with Congenital and Acquired Heart Disease. Pediatr Cardiol. 2022 Nov 15. PMID: 36378279.
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    7. Talluri R, Sherman AK, Goth N, Simpson K, Kuzava L, Raghuveer G, White DA. The influence of somatic maturity on the relationship between the triglyceride/high-density lipoprotein ratio and vascular health in children and adolescents with dyslipidemia. Am J Hum Biol. 2023 02; 35(2):e23815. PMID: 36196910.
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    8. Goudar S, Forsha D, White DA, Sherman A, Shirali G. Single ventricular strain measures correlate with peak oxygen consumption in children and adolescents with Fontan circulation. Cardiol Young. 2023 Jul; 33(7):1136-1142. PMID: 35864813.
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    9. Teson KM, Watson JS, Mays WA, Knecht S, Curran T, Rebovich P, Williams DD, Paridon SM, White DA. Practices and Procedures in Clinical Pediatric Exercise Laboratories in North America. Pediatr Exerc Sci. 2022 11 01; 34(4):202?209. PMID: 35393371.
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    10. Ptomey LT, Helsel BC, White DA, Lee J, Sherman JR, Washburn RA, Gorczyca AM, Donnelly JE. Intrapersonal, interpersonal and environmental correlates of moderate to vigorous physical activity and sedentary time in adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2022 06; 66(6):503-516. PMID: 35191124.
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    11. Shwaish NS, Malloy-Walton L, Feldman K, Teson KM, Watson JS, Yeh HW, White DA. Heart Rate Recovery Following Exercise Testing in Pediatric Patients with Acyanotic Repaired Congenital Heart Disease. Pediatr Cardiol. 2022 Apr; 43(4):790-795. PMID: 34981139.
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    12. White DA, Willis EA, Ptomey LT, Gorczyca AM, Donnelly JE. Weekly Frequency of Meeting the Physical Activity Guidelines and Cardiometabolic Health in Children and Adolescents. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2022 01 01; 54(1):106-112. PMID: 34334716.
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    13. Ptomey LT, Lee J, White DA, Helsel BC, Washburn RA, Donnelly JE. Changes in physical activity across a 6-month weight loss intervention in adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2022 06; 66(6):545-557. PMID: 34915594.
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    14. White DA, Willis EA, Panchangam C, Teson KM, Watson JS, Birnbaum BF, Shirali G, Parthiban A. Physical Activity Patterns in Children and Adolescents With Heart Disease. Pediatr Exerc Sci. 2020 09 22; 32(4):233-240. PMID: 32963120.
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    15. Panchangam C, White DA, Goudar S, Birnbaum B, Malloy-Walton L, Gross-Toalson J, Reid KJ, Shirali G, Parthiban A. Translation of the Frailty Paradigm from Older Adults to Children with Cardiac Disease. Pediatr Cardiol. 2020 Jun; 41(5):1031-1041. PMID: 32377892.
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    16. Ptomey LT, Willis EA, Sherman JR, White DA, Donnelly JE. Exploring the effectiveness of an 18-month weight management intervention in adults with Down syndrome using propensity score matching. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2020 03; 64(3):221-233. PMID: 31944472.
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    17. Zenko Z, Willis EA, White DA. Proportion of Adults Meeting the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans According to Accelerometers. Front Public Health. 2019; 7:135. PMID: 31231627.
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    18. White DA, Staggs VS, Williams V, Edwards TC, Shook R, Shakhnovich V. Handheld Indirect Calorimetry as a Clinical Tool for Measuring Resting Energy Expenditure in Children with and without Obesity. Child Obes. 2019 May/Jun; 15(4):280-287. PMID: 30888207.
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    19. White DA, Anand GM, Qayum O, Ibezim CF, Sherman AK, Raghuveer G. Modifiable Clinical Correlates of Vascular Health in Children and Adolescents with Dyslipidemia. Pediatr Cardiol. 2019 Apr; 40(4):805-812. PMID: 30759268.
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    20. White DA, Oh Y, Willis EA. The Effect of Physical Activity Bout Patterns on Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors in Youth: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003-2006. J Phys Act Health. 2018 Dec 10; 1-10. PMID: 30526223.
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    21. White DA, Rofey DJ, Kriska AM, Venditti EM, Barone-Gibbs B, Gallagher JD, Jakicic JM. Parental influences on child weight: Perception, willingness to change, and barriers. Journal of Obesity and Weight Loss Therapy. 2016; 6(1).
    22. Raghuveer G, White DA, Hayman LL, Woo JG, Villafane J, Celermajer D, Ward KD, de Ferranti SD, Zachariah J. Cardiovascular Consequences of Childhood Secondhand Tobacco Smoke Exposure: Prevailing Evidence, Burden, and Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2016 10 18; 134(16):e336-e359. PMID: 27619923.
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    23. White DA, Rothenberger SD, Hunt LA, Goss FL. Comparison of Affect and Cardiorespiratory Training Responses Between Structured Gym Activities and Traditional Aerobic Exercise in Children. Int J Exerc Sci. 2016; 9(1):16-25. PMID: 27182420.
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    24. White DA, Teson KM, Watson JS. The role of exercise training on insulin sensitivity in overweight and obese adolescents. Diabetes & Obesity International Journal. 2016; 1(1).
    25. White DA, Rofey DL, Kriska AM, Venditti EM, Barone-Gibbs B, Gallagher JD, Jakicic JM. The impact of expressing concern for a child's weight on the parents' perception of child weight and the parents concern for future weight problems. Journal of Childhood Obesity. 2016; 1(4):23-32.
    26. Willis EA, White DA, Shafer A, Wisniewski K, Goss FL, Chiapetta LB, Arena VC, Robertson RJ, Nagle EF. Relation of income and education level with cardiorespiratory fitness. International Journal of Exercise Science. 2015; 8(3):265-276.
    27. Lee S, Deldin AR, White D, Kim Y, Libman I, Rivera-Vega M, Kuk JL, Sandoval S, Boesch C, Arslanian S. Aerobic exercise but not resistance exercise reduces intrahepatic lipid content and visceral fat and improves insulin sensitivity in obese adolescent girls: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Nov 15; 305(10):E1222-9. PMID: 24045865.
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    28. Lee S, Burns SF, White D, Kuk JL, Arslanian S. Effects of acute exercise on postprandial triglyceride response after a high-fat meal in overweight black and white adolescents. Int J Obes (Lond). 2013 Jul; 37(7):966-71. PMID: 23507997.
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    29. Lee S, Kim Y, White DA, Kuk JL, Arslanian S. Relationships between insulin sensitivity, skeletal muscle mass and muscle quality in obese adolescent boys. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2012 Dec; 66(12):1366-8. PMID: 23073260.
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    “GLOCO Tech: An update from the technology evaluation and usage in cardiac and fitness rehabilitation working group” 3rd Annual Cardiac Fitness Symposium, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA, October 15th 2022.

    “The Kansas City physical activity plan – Our regional report card and how to help kids be more physically active” 55th Annual Clinical Advances in Pediatrics Symposium, Children’s Mercy Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, September 22nd 2022.

    “Research, innovation, and new programs at Children’s Mercy – Panel” CHD Families, Cardiac Parent Symposium, Excelsior Springs, MO, June 18th 2022.

    “Physical activity and exercise counseling” Pediatric weight management section, Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (SHOW-ME ECHO), University of Missouri, Virtual, May 25th 2022.

    “Risks that result in future heart disease in children” University Health, Family Medicine Residency Program, Virtual, April 19th 2022.

    “Pediatric Exercise Medicine: From research to practice” Department of Exercise Science, Bloomsburg University, Virtual, January 28th 2022.

    “Interpreting cardiopulmonary exercise testing in congenital heart disease – How it should influence your practice” Pediatric Cardiology Tract, Scientific Sessions of Missouri American College of Cardiology, Virtual, November 7th 2020.

    David A. White, Erik Willis, Chaitanya Panchangam, Kelli Teson, Jessica Hall, Suma Goudar, Brian Birnbaum, Lindsey Malloy-Walton, Jami Gross-Toalson, Kimberly Reid, Girish Shirali, Anitha Parthiban. Objectively measured physical activity patterns in children and adolescents with cardiac disease: An age and sex matched study. Oral Presentation. Presented at the Midwest Pediatric Cardiology Symposium, Kansas City, MO, 2019.

    “Lecture/Position Statement: Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Training for Physicians, Exercise Physiologists, and Allied Health Personnel” 6th Annual Clinical Exercise Testing and Therapeutics Symposium. Cincinnati, OH, March 2nd 2019.

    “Gross Motor Deficiency in Children and Adolescents with Congenital Heart Disease” Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Collaborative Annual Meeting (National), Kansas City, MO, June 7th 2018.

    David A. White, Kimberly J. Reid, Erik A. Willis. Physical activity bout patterns from childhood through adolescence: NHANES 2003-2006. Oral poster. Presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Conference. Denver, CO., June 2017. Published: Medicine and Science in Sport & Exercise, 44 (Supplement 5), p. 267-958

    “Secondhand Tobacco Smoke Exposure on Cardiovascular Health in Children and Adolescents.” Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP), Progress in Pediatrics annual symposium, Overland Park, KS, April 21st 2017.

    “Exercise Physiology in Clinical Stress Testing.” Children’s Mercy Cardiac Advances Nurse Practitioner Lunch & Learn. Kansas City, MO, March 23rd 2017.

    “Exercise Guidelines for Children & Adolescents.” Invited Speaker, Research Family Medicine Residency Program, Kansas City, MO, July 23rd 2015.

    “Childhood Obesity: Prevalence, Development, and Treatment.” Invited Speaker, Kiwanis Club of Topeka. Topeka, KS. January 12th 2015.

    “Cases in Lipid Metabolism – Team Approach.” Preventive Cardiology Team Lecture and Break out Session. 11th Annual Great Plains Pediatric Endocrine Symposium (Regional), Kansas City, MO., October 17th 2014.

    “Preventive Cardiology – Team Based Care.” Preventive Cardiology Team Lecture. Pediatric Grand Rounds, Kansas Medical Education Foundation (Regional), Stormont-Vail Health Care, Topeka, KS. February 19th 2014.

    “Remotely delivered cardiac rehabilitation for Adolescents with Congenital Heart Disease: A randomized controlled trial. Saint Luke’s Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Conference. Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, MO. November 2nd 2022.

    Evolutions in Cardiac Exercise Science: Moving the Field into the Future. Children’s Mercy Kansas City Dinner Symposium, 8th World Congress for Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. Washington DC, August 28th 2023.

    Pediatric Cardiac Rehabilitation: Where we are and where we’re wanting to go.” Keynote. Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA) 2024 Online Conference. Virtual. February 10th 2024.

    eHealth technologies for congenital heart disease and pediatric patients. Cardiology 2024. Scottsdale, AZ. February 15th 2024.

    “Acquisition and utility of frailty testing in congenital heart disease.” 11th Annual Clinical Exercise Testing and Therapeutics Symposium, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH. March 2nd 2024.
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