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.
President Elect, George E. Guthrie MD, MPH, CDE
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.
Past President, Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM
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.
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.
Executive Director, Susan Benigas
Susan’s work has spanned the gamut, from running political campaigns to serving in senior management and consultant roles for organizations ranging from professional sports and media to healthcare technology and worksite health promotion. It was while president of a worksite wellness company that she had the paradigm-shift leading to her life’s passion: She questioned the status quo approach to “wellness”—all too often to diagnose and medicate—as opposed to a primary focus on identifying and eradicating the cause of disease.
Prior to joining ACLM, Susan founded The Plantrician Project and co-founded the International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, showcasing the efficacy of whole food, plant-based nutrition in its ability to prevent, suspend and often even reverse much of the chronic, degenerative disease pervasive in our patient populations.
Her experience and successful track record in the areas of organizational leadership, project management, strategic marketing, public relations, development, and Internet-based solutions design and development have helped to fuel the success of many organizations and endeavors. Bringing vision to life is what she does best.
Director, Sami A. Bég, MD, MPA, MPH
Sami A. Bég, MD MPA MPH, currently serves as Medical Director at LifeTime - The Healthy Way of Life Company where he is leading product innovation and strategy. Among other things, Dr. Bég also provides clinical program and client management leadership, working closely with employers to promote lifestyle medicine and create a culture of health at worksites and beyond. Previously, Dr. Bég was the medical director at U.S. Preventive Medicine where he was recruited to help develop and launch a new web based prevention and wellness product for employers and individuals. Dr. Bég has a background in health services management and policy, having received his Doctor of Medicine from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY and completing his residency in Preventive Medicine at the New York State Department of Health and SUNY University at Albany.
Director, Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH
Dr. 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.
Director, Ashley Maltz, MD, MPH
Dr. Maltz is an Integrative Medicine physician practicing in Connecticut. She completed a combined Internal and Preventive Medicine Residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas. She then went on to complete a 2 year clinical Integrative Medicine Fellowship at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT in conjunction with a 1000-hour 2 year distance fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. During her Fellowship, she has undergone clinical training in medical acupuncture, trigger point injections, nutrition, mind-body therapies, botanicals and herbs. She enjoys helping her patients improve their lives through health.
Director, Mark Berman, MD
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.
Director, Mark Faries, PhD
Mark D. Faries, Ph.D. is an assistant professor within the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science at Stephen F. Austin State University. Dr. Faries is Co-Director of the Human Performance Lab, and developed the graduate program in Behavioral and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Faries’ research focus is primarily in self-regulation of exercise, physical activity, and healthy eating behaviors, with attention to novel, theoretical understanding and application. More specifically, this research seeks to better understand why and how people initiate and maintain health behaviors. He holds research and extension efforts in rural east Texas communities, and provides continuing education to Texas physicians with the Texas Medical Association. Dr. Faries is dedicated to efforts to help steer medical practice, medical education, and the fitness industry in line with lifestyle medicine. He is a proud member of ACLM, and participates in the conference planning and education committee.
Director, Cynthia Geyer, MD
Cindy Geyer is the Medical Director at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, where she has been working as a physician in integrative medicine since 1998. She received her MD degree from The Ohio State University in 1988 and completed her residency in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in 1991. She has been part of the core faculty for the Center for Mind Body Medicine’s annual Food as Medicine conference for 14 years, teaching physicians and other health professionals how to incorporate nutritional and lifestyle strategies for themselves and their patients. She serves on the city of Pittsfield’s Board of Health and is an active member of the Healthy Pittsfield Partnership; she is also a board member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. A clinician, educator, mother, and avid hiker, she is passionate about collaborative approaches to health and wellness: from the integrative team model in working with individual patients, to community partnerships that together can effect healthy changes in the places people live, work and play.
Young Professional, Jon Bonnet, MD
Jon Bonnet is a second year Family Medicine resident at Duke University Health System. He received a BS in exercise science and an MD from Ohio State University. His areas of study have included exercise physiology and nutrition. Additionally, he has experience as a technician in a sleep research facility for four years and as an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. Early in medical school he partnered with Walk With A Doc to found an Ohio State Walk With A Future Doc program. At Duke, he helped organize a four-week Preventive Course for the first year Duke medical students, physician assistant students, and physical therapist students. He was elected to serve as the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Resident Representative for the Health of the Public Council, which launched the "A Healthier North Carolina" website (www.ahealthiernc.com) to engage the local community in healthier goals. He has recently been elected as VP of Communications for the ACLM Professionals In Training.