Tamara Hew-Butler, D.P.M., Ph.D.

  D.P.M., Ph.D., Associate Professor,Exercise Science
Office: 3157 Human Health Building
Phone: (248) 364-8686
Fax: (248) 364-8657
E-mail:  hew@oakland.edu


Dr. Hew-Butler arrived at Oakland University in August 2010 to begin work as an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science. She has a dual clinical and research background; working as a sports medicine clinician in Houston for 8 years before pursuing a research degree at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Both doctoral degrees consolidate her lifelong passion for sports - particularly long distance running - and athletic care. Her clinical passion is biomechanics, namely keeping athletes “on their feet” by focusing on injury prevention as an integral part of an athlete’s treatment plan. Her research passion is on the endocrine control of fluid and temperature balance, with an emphasis on the investigation of exercise-associated hyponatremia (low blood sodium). She loves to lurk around the medical tents of endurance races and investigate injuries and exercise-associated collapse; with emphasis again on prevention and evidenced-based treatment. She teaches courses in both areas of clinical and research expertise and hopes to inspire students to think, question and become interested in research within their own areas of passion.

Degrees and post-graduate Training
BS in Kinesiology at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), CA
DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Surgical Residency and Fellowship: Harris County Podiatric Residency, Houston, TX
PhD (Philosophy Doctor) in Exercise Science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa
Postdoctoral work: Department of Kinesiology, Arizona State University, AZ

Hyponatremia, exercise-associated collapse, water and sodium homeostasis, exercise and human performance, arginine vasopressin, endurance running

Current and Future Interests
I wish to engage curious, hard-working and enthusiastic students to enhance their academic experience by providing an “open door and open mind” for student-driven research. I hope to develop a “student army” of researchers investigating both clinical and exercise-related topics of mutual interest. I am committed to fostering the thrill of scientific discovery as part of the student-mentor experience at Oakland University. I am currently developing a functional endocrine laboratory and remain committed to exercise-related research throughout the broad spectrum of health and disease.

On a personal note, I am a lifelong runner and love sports/competition. I lived in predominantly warm climates, but hope to adapt to winter and winter sports with both grace and ease. I enjoy travelling as well as the great outdoors and look forward to cultivating both gardens and farm animals in my new Michigan home!

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