Each of the following has demonstrated the highest standard of professional development and contribution to the field.
The following individuals have been awarded the prestigious status of Fellow. This distinguished honor recognizes them for their outstanding achievement in the field of Lifestyle Medicine and for their unwavering and exceptional dedication to advancing the mission of the College.
Sami A. Bég, MD, MPA, MPH, FACLM
Dr. Bég is a physician executive with a diverse set of experiences in the healthcare industry. Trained in Preventive Medicine, Dr. Bég has been intricately involved in population health, leading product strategy and product development in the wellness and disease management industries. Most recently Dr. Bég served as the first full-time Medical Director at Life Time Fitness, a $1.8B market cap company that operates more than a hundred multi-use sports and athletic, professional fitness, family recreation and spa centers in a resort-like environment. At Life Time Fitness Dr. Bég lead the development of their employer based population health strategy, myHealthCheck, and was involved in the expansion of onsite health clinics.
Dr. Bég is passionate about making the world a healthier and sustainable place for future generations, through lifestyle medicine, preventive medicine, population health, information technology, and the power of human and social capital. Currently he is busy with a start-up.
Mark Berman, MD, FACLM
Mark Berman, MD trained in physical therapy (McGill), medicine (Yale) and primary-care internal medicine and population medicine (Harvard’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital). He completed a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship at UCSF and spent time at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation working on obesity prevention policy. Obesity and lifestyle medicine, along with an interest in health information technology and behavior change, have been his focus since medical school. He is currently Director of Lifestyle Medicine at One Medical Group, VP of Health at Mark One Lifestyle Inc. (not named after me, really!) and a director of the ACLM Board since 2013.
Mark was born in South Africa, grew up in Canada and now lives and practices Lifestyle Medicine in San Francisco, CA. He is passionate about plant-based diets, active living and creating positive change in the world.
Marc Braman, MD, MPH, FACLM
Dr. Braman is the former President and Executive Director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). He led efforts from ACLM’s early days through to getting Lifestyle Medicine on the professional map, building infrastructure, spear-heading the development of professional standards resulting in the first ever publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association on recommended Lifestyle Medicine Competencies for all providers, formal affiliation with the American College of Preventive Medicine, electronic publications development, formal relationship with Sage Publications and the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, annual national conferences, further developing the Advisory Board with the best experts, etc. Dr. Braman is experienced in clinical lifestyle medicine in solo and group practices, as well as hospital-based centers.
Wayne Dysinger, MD, MPH, FACLM
Dr. Dysinger currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Lifestyle Medicine Solutions, a new model primary care concept that is built on Lifestyle Medicine principles along with a direct primary care funding mechanism. He is also Medical Director of the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) and consults and teaches on Lifestyle Medicine issues around the world. Dr. Dysinger was previously Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, Loma Linda University. He is a past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, is on the board of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and has worked in various capacities with the American Medical Association and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research. Dr. Dysinger earned his M.D. degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine (1986), and his MPH from Loma Linda University School of Public Health (1990). He has previously worked in Guam, Atlanta and Dartmouth.
David Ferriss, MD, MPH, FACLM, FACPM
Dr. David Ferriss is VP and Medical Director for Healthways, a population health management and well-being improvement company headquartered in Nashville. At Healthways Dr. Ferriss is involved in the training and ongoing education of lifestyle coaches and clinicians and provides medical director support for two large public-sector employer accounts. He also oversees Healthways’ Medical Integrity Unit and supports the sales organization, including the sale of Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease™, an intensive 72-hour lifestyle change program that is licensed to hospital systems and large group practices nationwide.
Dr. Ferriss has over thirty years of experience as a practicing physician and medical executive with extensive experience in multiple aspects of population health and lifestyle medicine. His career includes a nineteen-year tenure with Cigna HealthCare where he held various senior medical executive positions, including Medical Officer for Clinical Program Development. He has also held medical leadership positions with Prudential Healthcare and Quorum Health Resources.
Dr. Ferriss received his medical degree from Tulane Medical School and completed residency training in family medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He completed a Master of Public Health degree at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and a postdoctoral fellowship in health services research at The Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University. He is board-certified in preventive medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.
Michael Greger, MD, FACLM
A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation" trial. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. His latest book How Not to Die became an instant New York Times Best Seller. He has videos on more than 2,000 health topics freely available at NutritionFacts.org, with new videos and articles uploaded every day.
George E. Guthrie, MD, MPH, CDE, FACLM
Dr. George Guthrie received his MD degree from Loma Linda University in 1981. After completing his Family Practice Residency at Hinsdale Hospital near Chicago he joined a multi-specialty medical group on the island of Guam. The high incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in his patients led to a growing interest in the effective lifestyle treatment of the disease.
A return to clinical practice took Dr. Guthrie to the foothills of the California Sierra Nevada Mountains where he continued to apply his community lifestyle medicine focus from a traditional allopathic medical clinic. He and his wife, Dena, successfully piloted and ran annual seven, week-long, community based programs designed to lower the risk of heart disease using lifestyle principles.
In the last few years Dr. Guthrie has had the privilege of being involved in the development several lifestyle change programs including the Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP), The Wellspring Diabetes Program, and the CREATION Health program. This has led to the opportunity to speak on lifestyle medicine around the United States and other English speaking countries for a variety of audiences. In 2008 he had the opportunity to be host on a healthy living series for TV entitled, Your Life and Health.
David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM
Dr. David L. Katz is the founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center. He received his BA from Dartmouth College (1984; Magna Cum Laude); his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993). Katz is Director and founder of the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital (2000) in Derby, CT, and founder and president of the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation.
Known internationally for expertise in nutrition, weight management, and chronic disease prevention, as well as integrative care and patient-centered care models, Katz is active in patient care, research, teaching, and public health practice. He established and formerly directed one of the nation’s first combined residency programs in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine, and served as Director of Medical Studies in Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine for 8 years.
Dr. Katz is a prominent voice in health & medicine in the media. He has published scientific articles, textbook chapters, newspaper columns and 12 books to date. He has consulted on obesity control and chronic disease prevention and is a peer reviewer for numerous leading medical journals.
Thomas L. Lenz, PharmD, FACLM
Dr. Lenz is a tenured professor with appointments in the departments of Pharmacy Practice (primary) and Cultural & Social Studies (secondary) at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. His educational background consists of Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees in Exercise Science, Doctor of Pharmacy degree, a Fellowship in Cardiovascular Research, and he is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Medical Anthropology. Dr. Lenz is the Director of the Center for Health Promotion and Well-Being, the Bachelor of Arts program in Healthy Lifestyle Management, the Master of Science program in Health and Wellness Coaching, and the Cardiovascular and Diabetes Risk Reduction employee health program. He is a Fellow in the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as a Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist. Dr. Lenz has published over 100 articles and 2 textbooks on the topics of lifestyle medicine, cardiovascular pharmacotherapy, pedagogy, and disease prevention.
Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACLM
Dr. Liana Lianov is the Immediate Past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and has served as the General Preventive Medicine/Public Health Regent on the board of the American College of Preventive Medicine. She chaired the Lifestyle Medicine Task Force and the Lifestyle Medicine Competencies Working Group.
Her company, HealthTypeTM, offers consulting services and develops innovative interventions, including mobile technologies, for helping patients make sustainable health behavior changes.
Her previous roles include Vice President of Clinical Operations at Berkeley HeartLab-- where she directed a national cardiovascular disease and lifestyle management program, Director of the Healthy Lifestyles Division at the American Medical Association, and chief of the California Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program and women’s cancer screening programs at the California Department of Health Services.
She is board certified in both preventive medicine/public health and internal medicine and has completed a psychiatry fellowship.
Johann Kim T. Mañez, MD, FACLMDr. Mañez is one of the youngest professors among the faculty of the newly opened College of Medicine in the Adventist University of the Philippines located at Puting Kahoy, Silang, Cavite. The medical curriculum of the newly opened medical school itself is unique because it is presently the only medical curriculum in Asia and possibly the world, wherein Lifestyle Medicine has been incorporated and is presently being taught due in part, to the efforts of Dr. Mañez. His educational background consists of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology, one in History, Philosophy and Religion and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He finished his Medical Degree at the Manila Central University College of Medicine and initially underwent his first year of training as a resident of Internal Medicine at the Adventist Medical Center Manila before deciding to shift his education, teaching, and research and fulltime practice to Lifestyle Medicine. He is presently the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) Facilitator and Lifestyle Medicine Consultant of the Health & Wellness Department of the Adventist Medical Center Manila where they conduct both community-based (CHIP) and residential Lifestyle Medicine programs. He has conducted more than 350 seminars and lectures and several media appearances and interviews on Lifestyle Medicine and Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors around the Philippines and several neighboring Asian and Pacific Island Countries. Dr. Mañez, together with his colleagues from Loma Linda-California, Manila-Philippines and New South Wales-Australia, recently published research on the successful outcomes of CHIP done in the Philippines, in one of the international peer reviewed scientific journals on nutrition. He is a Fellow in the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and is a founding member of the Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and founder of the Philippine College of Lifestyle Medicine. He is presently the Head Doctor of Mediaxes Inc.’s MyPocketDoctor.com telemedicine service/app in the Philippines, where Lifestyle Medicine is a primary advocacy.
Amanda McKinney, MD, FACLM
Dr. McKinney is the Director of Prerequisites for Health Professions at Doane University. She is currently developing a Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum for undergraduates and post baccalaureates entering the health professions. She has spent the last six years studying the medical science of nutrition and how lifestyle choices impact health, the economy and agricultural policies. Dr. McKinney has a special interest in nutrition in pregnancy and the influence of maternal diet in the role of the development of autism. She currently serves as the Planning Committee Chair for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
Dean Ornish, MD, FACLMThe recipient of the inaugural ACLM Lifestyle Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Ornish is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his MD from the Baylor College of Medicine, was a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dean earned a BA in Humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate address. For nearly 40 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for this program, the first time that Medicare has covered a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes. He directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer. His current research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer and heart disease, as well as the first study showing that these lifestyle changes reverse aging by lengthening telomeres, the ends of our chromosomes which control aging (in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009). He is the author of six books, all national bestsellers, including: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love & Survival; and his most recent book, The Spectrum.
Joseph Raphael, DrPH, MBA, LMFT, MACLP, HAPM, CHES, FACLM
An Integrative Lifestyle Medicine specialist, Joe earned his B.A. and B.S. from St. Mary's College, Moraga, his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, an M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration from Loma Linda University, and a Dr.P.H. Preventive Care Specialty from Loma Linda University. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is a certified health education specialist, and a board-certified holistic alternative psychology master, an experienced therapist, nutritionist, personal trainer, teacher and professor, public speaker, consultant and administrator. Dr. Joe has successfully opened over twenty-five integrative medical practices. He also contributes lifestyle interventions for health promotion, behavioral medicine, evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychoneuroimmunology. He has delivered fitness, nutrition and behavioral modification syndicated media and professional presentations nationwide and is highly respected in his field.
Dr. Joe is constantly learning and training on the latest discoveries and passionate about providing knowledge to fellow medical professionals and the general population, making practical and realistic recommendations founded on evidence-based applied principles and individualized attention. On his free time, Dr. Joe enjoys reading, riding his bike and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, FACLMDr. Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH is the Chief Medical Director / Executive Director for Global Benefits, Health and Wellness for Cummins, Inc. He has an extensive background in health care management and policy. He has distinguished himself as a recognized leader in his profession in numerous ways. In 2007, he was appointed by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to chair The Diabetes Prevention and Health Improvement Board.
Other positions that Dr. Shurney has held include Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Healthways, Health Policy Strategist in the Division of Global Government Affairs for the biotechnology company Amgen Inc., Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of medical affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Editor of the Journal of Managed Care Physicians.
Dr. Shurney is co-author of the book “Integrating Wellness into Your Disease Management Programs” which is a “how- to” strategic guide for employers that wish to innovate their disease management programs with accountable wellness and lifestyle approaches to care.
Wes Youngberg, DrPH, MPH, CNS, FACLM
Dr. Youngberg is a practicing lifestyle medicine specialist and clinical nutritionist in Southern California. He was trained at Loma Linda University where he received a Master’s in Nutrition and a Doctorate of Public Health in Preventive Care. He is an assistant clinical professor at Loma Linda University for the Department of Health Promotion at the School of Public Health and the Department of Preventive Medicine at the School of Medicine. After 14 years on the island of Guam as Director of the Guam SDA Clinic Wellness Center, he now consults with clients nationally and internationally from the Youngberg Lifestyle & Nutritional Medicine Clinic in Temecula, California. He is a sought after speaker and has enjoyed presenting seminars to lay audiences and professional conferences throughout the Pacific, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Dr. Youngberg has over 25 years of experience using integrative lifestyle therapies for diabetes control, depression recovery, cardiovascular disease reversal, optimizing digestive health and effective management of many chronic health conditions. He is a founding director and fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and is a certified nutrition specialist. He is also the author of Goodbye Diabetes and speaker for the new on-line educational video series “Diabetes Undone”. As a compliment to reading his new book, Hello Healthy, Dr. Youngberg invites you to watch his free “12 Weeks to Optimal Health & Healing” series by registering at DrYoungberg.com