Dr. Cerny completed undergraduate work at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Finished his PhD in Physiology, with a specialization in exercise physiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then spent two years doing post-doctoral work at the University of Freiburg, Germany working at the Sports medicine. He returned to North America to teach for several years at the University of Windsor, Ontario. In 1976 he moved to Children's Hospital of Buffalo to help establish the Children's Lung Center. In 1985 he moved to the Department of Physical Therapy and Exercise Science at the University at Buffalo. He eventually became chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. He is an award winning teacher. His research interests include helping to understand the role of exercise in the treatment of diseases, including cystic fibrosis, asthma and diabetes. Dr. Cerny is a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and is on the editorial board for Pediatric Pulmonology, Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention and ACSM's Health and Fitness Journal. He currently serves on several national and international committees to establish guidelines for activity for the pediatric population, both healthy and with dysfunction.