Dr. Michael Perko currently serves as an associate professor in the department of public health education at University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Prior to that, he was chairman of the department of health sciences at University of Alabama. In this role, he helped run the 7th ranked health education and promotion PhD program in the country. Considered an expert on the use of non-nutritional supplements by children, Dr. Perko developed the Survey to Predict Adolescent Dietary Supplement Use, which has been used by researchers around the world including the World Anti-Doping Agency. He has worked with Wake Forest Medical Center pediatrics to gauge potential use of supplements with young athletes. In 2008, Dr. Perko was invited to address U.S. Army Special Forces and the 173rd Airborne Division in Vicenza, Italy on performance enhancement use during wartime.
Dr. Perko has testified at Senate hearings advocating for passage of the Anabolic Steroids Control Act. He has also been invited to Capitol Hill to promote healthier schools and greater access for children to physical activity. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, presented 100 national papers and is the author of the multiple books including, “How to Eat, Leap and Sleep like a Superhero” and “Taking One for the Team: The New Thinking on Dietary Supplements and Young Athletes.” He has been featured in Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, been heard on NPR and ESPN Radio, and on ESPN’s Outside the Lines to weigh in on the national debate on Ephedra, as well as serving as the NCAA’s expert speaker on dietary supplements from 2004-06.