Tamara Hew-Butler

Tamara  Hew-Butler
Associate Professor - Exercise Physiology

Education Building, Lower Level #55

Office Hours: By appointment.



Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), specializing in sports medicine

Philosophy Doctor (PhD), specializing in the endocrine regulation of fluid balance

Fellow of the Amercican College of Sports Medicine (FACSM)


Dr Tamara Hew-Butler is a podiatric physician and associate professor of Exercise and Sports Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She obtained her BS in Kinesiology at the University of California at Los Angeles, CA; Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA; and Philosophy Doctor (PhD) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr Hew-Butler is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) and specializes in both sports medicine and exercise physiology. Her expertise is in exercise-associated hyponatremia and the endocrine regulation of water and sodium balance. Her scientific work has been highlighted on radio shows (Science Friday, National Public Radio), television (The Weather Channel), podcasts (CJSM), newspapers (New York Times, Washington Post, CNN), a comic strip (xkcd) and reality television show (Adam Ruins Everything).

Dr Hew-Butler is an avid runner and sports fan. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Bill, and pet ducks on their 10-acre hobby farm.



1) To lay the foundation of Exercise Physiology, in both theory and practice, to learners who wish make a positive difference in our community.

2) To inspire the joys and benefits of regular, life-long, exercise.

3) To stimulate cutting-edge research which advances our knowledge in exercise science and sports medicine.

4) To enhance health and peak performance in athletes.

CV (Last update: 820/2018): T. Hew-Butler

Academic Interests

Exercise endocrinology, fluid balance, and thermoregulation

Exercise is Medicine

Area Of Expertise


Fluid regulation and dysregulation

Research Interests


Water and sodium homeostasis (dehydration and overhydration)

Sodium storage and bone

Exertional rhabdomyolysis

Overtraining and peak performance

Courses Taught

Exercise Physiology I (KIN 6300)

Exercise Physiology II (KIN 6310)