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Heidi K. Ortmeyer, PhD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:



Baltimore VA Medical Center, Room 4B-187

Phone (Primary):

(410) 605-7000 x5419


(410) 605-7913

Education and Training

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL: BA, Psychology, 1985

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL: BS, Food Science, 1985

University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD: Ph.D., Physiology, 1992

University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD: Fellow, Physiology, 1995




Highlighted Publications

Exercise with weight loss improves adipose tissue and skeletal muscle markers of fatty acid metabolism in postmenopausal women.  Ortmeyer HK, Goldberg AP, Ryan AS.  Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.). 2017; 25(7):1246-53.

Skeletal muscle cellular metabolism in older HIV-infected men.  Ortmeyer HK, Ryan AS, Hafer-Macko C, Oursler KK.  Physiological reports. 2016; 4(9).  PMC4873639

Increased Skeletal Muscle Capillarization Independently Enhances Insulin Sensitivity in Older Adults After Exercise Training and Detraining.  Prior SJ, Goldberg AP, Ortmeyer HK, Chin ER, Chen D, Blumenthal JB, Ryan AS.  Diabetes. 2015; 64(10):3386-95.  PMC4587640

Aerobic exercise plus weight loss improves insulin sensitivity and increases skeletal muscle glycogen synthase activity in older men.  Ryan AS, Katzel LI, Prior SJ, McLenithan JC, Goldberg AP, Ortmeyer HK.  The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences. 2014; 69(7):790-8.  PMC4111634

Aerobic exercise + weight loss decreases skeletal muscle myostatin expression and improves insulin sensitivity in older adults.  Ryan AS, Li G, Blumenthal JB, Ortmeyer HK.  Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.). 2013; 21(7):1350-6. PMC3742694

Exercise with calorie restriction improves insulin sensitivity and glycogen synthase activity in obese postmenopausal women with impaired glucose tolerance.  Ryan AS, Ortmeyer HK, Sorkin JD.  American journal of physiology. Endocrinology and metabolism. 2012; 302(1):E145-52.  PMC3328088

Effects of aerobic and resistive exercise training on glucose disposal and skeletal muscle metabolism in older men.  Ferrara CM, Goldberg AP, Ortmeyer HK, Ryan AS.  The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences. 2006; 61(5):480-7.  16720745

Additional Publication Citations

Research Interests

Skeletal muscle fatty acid and carbohydrate metabolism in aging, obesity, HIV, and stroke.

Community Service

Executive Director of Eskie Rescuers United, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue organization, 2007-present

Professional Activity

Chair, Subcommittee on Research Safety, VAMHCS, 2015-present

Member, Research and Development Committee, VAMHCS, 2012-present