Dr. Robert Butler is beginning his eighth season in Major League Baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals. As the Director of Performance, Dr. Butler oversees player physical development and prevention programs, nutrition, sports science, technology integration and mental health services for the St. Louis Cardinals organization as well as the medical care for the affiliate teams. Prior to joining the Cardinals, he served as an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Laboratory at Duke University for 5-1/2 years.
He is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and a graduate of Marietta College where he earned his Bachelor’s in Biology, Springfield College where he earned his M.S. in Biomechanics and Movement Science, and the University of Delaware where he earned his Ph.D. in Biomechanics. Following his doctoral training, he completed a post-doc at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Evansville.