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PRESIDENT

George E. Guthrie MD, MPH, CDE, FACLM

PRESIDENT ELECT

Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH

PAST PRESIDENT

David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM


SECRETARY

Catherine Collings, M.D. F.A.C.C. M.S.


TREASURER

David M. Ferriss, MD, MPH, FACPM


YOUNG DIRECTOR

Regan Stiegmann, DO, MPH


DIRECTOR

Michelle Hauser, MD, MPA


DIRECTOR

John Kelly, MD, MPH


DIRECTOR

Mark Faries, PhD


DIRECTOR

Cynthia Geyer MD


DIRECTOR

Richard Safeer, MD, FAAFP


DIRECTOR

James Loomis, MD, MBA


DIRECTOR

Brenda Rea MD, DrPH, PT, RD


DIRECTOR

Elizabeth Frates, MD

President

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.

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Past President

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. He serves as the senior medical advisor to Verywell, which is an extension to his role as founder of the True Health Initiative

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Secretary

Catherine Collings, M.D. F.A.C.C. M.S.

Dr. Cate Collings is a board-certified practicing cardiologist in Silicon Valley. She received her BS at the University of California and her MS in Exercise Physiology followed by an MD degree at the University of Wisconsin. Returning to California, her residency and cardiology fellowship training were completed at Stanford University Medical Center.

Dr. Collings established and provides ongoing medical directorship to the El Camino Hospital Cardiopulmonary Wellness Center targeting lifestyle measures to improve the health of cardiac patients. In addition to her clinical work, she is developing a Women’s Heart Center to focus on women specific cardiovascular disease management and on the unique application of lifestyle competencies to women and their family’s heart health.

Dr. Collings joined the ACLM Board in 2015 to bridge to the cardiology community and promote lifestyle intervention on equal footing with other cardiovascular interventions. She is passionate about the importance of physician-patient partnerships to co-navigate the abundance of health information and mobile health technologies so that patients achieve meaningful health outcomes. She loves spare time-particularly active travel vacations, culinary explorations, and family time.

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Treasurer

David M. Ferriss, MD, MPH, 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.

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Young Director

Regan Stiegmann, DO, MPH

Dr. Regan Stiegmann is finishing her final year of General Preventive Medicine residency training at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. She is a Captain in the United States Air Force. She received her medical degree from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) in Parker, CO including a military medicine honors track. She completed a traditional rotating internship at Columbus Regional Health, Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, GA. Dr. Stiegmann's professional interests include promotion of health care efficiency, mental health, sexual health, and the study of philosophical and anthropologic medicine. She is currently serving her second term as President of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) Resident Physician Section and has served as past President for the ACPM-Medical Student Section in 2013. As a former Olympic development level athlete in women's soccer, for nearly two decades she has been attuned to optimum health maintenance via exercise, healthy food choices, and mindfulness.  As a young leader in the fields of Preventive Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine, she has a devout passion for teaching and prescribing health-oriented medical interventions while at the same time promoting the power of mindfulness in health care. Born and bred a Denver native, Dr. Stiegmann hopes to soon return to Colorado to further pursue her career and calling in Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine.

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Director

Michelle Hauser, MD, MPA

Dr. Hauser is a Harvard Medical School trained, board certified internal medicine physician with a master’s degree in public administration/policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as well as a certified chef and culinary medicine specialist. She is also a teaching attending for Stanford internal medicine residents at Fair Oaks Health Center in Redwood City, California—a primary care clinic that treats medically underserved patients. Additionally, Dr. Hauser is currently completing a master’s degree in epidemiology and a postdoctoral research fellowship in cardiovascular disease prevention at Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine. Her research combines nutrition, culinary medicine, physical activity, and mobile technology to improve disease risk factors using lifestyle change. She also serves as Medical Safety Director for National Institutes of Health-sponsored clinical and community-based research trials testing technology interventions to help adults increase physical activity, promote healthful food choices, and prevent weight gain. Dr. Hauser is active in medical education innovation aimed at bringing engaging nutrition, culinary medicine, prevention, and lifestyle medicine lessons into both medical school classrooms and virtual, online learning platforms for practicing physicians and the lay public.

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Director

John Kelly, MD, MPHH

Dr. John H. Kelly is the founding President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Medicine is a second career for Dr. John and he received the AMA Foundation's Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award for his work with ACLM in 2004 as a young physician--at age 55y. He received his BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Shepard University (1996; McMurran Scholar, Summa Cum Laude), his MD from Loma Linda University (2000) and his MPH in Epidemiology from Loma Linda University (2002; with honors).

Known internationally for his passion for and leadership in the field of Lifestyle Medicine, he is an invited speaker on the topics of Lifestyle Medicine and Epigenetics. He served as Co-PI for research on the use of lifestyle interventions to reverse diabetes in the Marshall Islands ($2-million federally-funded study). He has published research articles and co-authored a book chapter on nutrition as medicine.

Dr. Kelly was the recipient of the inaugural ACLM Trailblazer Award for his leadership in the field of Lifestyle Medicine, and has recently launched one of the first clinical fellowships in LM at the Black Hills Health and Education Center near Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota where he now serves as Medical Director for a residential lifestyle treatment center in the Black Hills.

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Director

Mark Faries, PhD
Mark D. Faries, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor within the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science at Stephen F. Austin State University, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor within the College of Medicine and Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Faries’ research and teaching focus is primarily in the self-regulation of lifestyle behaviors, including exercise, physical activity, healthy eating, and weight control. More specifically, this research seeks to move beyond current perspectives to elucidate why and how people initiate and maintain health behaviors. In other words, he is concerned with medication adherence, when lifestyle is the medicine. He is also founder of FitnessPudding.com, a site dedicated to common health and fitness myths.


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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.


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Director

Richard Safeer, MD, FAAFP

Richard is Medical Director of Employee Health & Wellness at Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC. Dr. Safeer completed his Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at Cornell University before graduating from medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Franklin Square Hospital Center, in Baltimore, Maryland. After which, he completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at the Virginia Commonwealth University of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. He is also certified in Clinical Lipidology.

Amongst his responsibilities at Hopkins, includes addressing the employee health initiative, Healthy At Hopkins. He is the clinical lead for the Employee Health Plan. As an assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in the School of Medicine, he sees patients in the Hopkins Hospital Lipidology clinic, where he is able to instill lifestyle in to his practice. He also holds a joint appointment in the School of Public Health, Department of Health, Behavior and Society.

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Director

James Loomis, MD, MBA

James F. Loomis Jr., M.D., M.B.A., received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and graduated with honors. He subsequently completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, MO. In addition, Dr. Loomis received an M.B.A. from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. He is board certified in internal medicine and has also completed the certification program in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University.

Dr. Loomis is the medical director at the Barnard Medical Center in Washington DC, which emphasizes the importance of a plant-based diet in the prevention, treatment and hopefully reversal of many chronic diseases. Before moving to Washington, he practiced internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, where he was also the director of prevention and wellness. He also served as team internist for the St. Louis Rams football team and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, as well as tour physician for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He is on the clinical faculty of the department of internal medicine at Washington University School of Medicine.

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Director

Brenda Rea MD, DrPH, PT, RD

Brenda Rea has consistently pursued professional training and experiences to develop knowledge, skills and abilities in relation to lifestyle medicine. Specifically, she obtained her Master’s in Physical Therapy in 1995 and her DrPH in Preventive Care in 2003 from Loma Linda University (LLU). Working as a physical therapist with neurologically impaired, cardiopulmonary, pediatric, and balance disorder clients led her to a strong desire to prevent the debilitating effects of poor lifestyle behaviors. She subsequently transitioned into public health and nutrition where she fully developed and implemented lifestyle and preventive medicine educational interventions in the School of Public Health (SPH) at LLU. During her time as faculty in the LLU SPH, she became a founding member of ACLM.

Dr. Rea’s desire to broaden her expertise and influence in the field of lifestyle medicine led her to complete medical school and Family Medicine Residency at LLU in 2014. She is currently a physician in the Preventive Medicine Department at LLU with responsibilities that include Medical Director of the Employee Wellness program, Associate Program Director of the Family and Preventive Medicine Residency Program, a clinician in primary care and lifestyle medicine clinics, and an instructor of clinical skill development and lifestyle medicine training for residents and medical students. When not at work, Dr. Rea can be found at the local gym exercising with her husband, backpacking in the great outdoors, playing beach volleyball or learning how to cook (yes, I’m a dietitian that is learning to enjoy cooking thanks to amazing plant based chefs!!).

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Director

Elizabeth Frates, MD

Elizabeth Pegg Frates, MD, is trained as a physiatrist as well as a health and wellness coach. Dr. Frates is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard College where she majored in psychology and biology. She then graduated from Stanford Medical School and did her internal medicine internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, after which she completed her physiatry residency at Harvard’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Frates has held a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School (HMS) since 2000, and she is now an Assistant Professor, Part Time. She is an award-winning teacher at HMS. In 2008, she started the first Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group (LMIG) at HMS and has worked with ACLM to help other institutions develop LMIGs in her role as Board Liaison to the Professionals in Training Group. Two years ago, Dr. Frates developed and taught a college lifestyle medicine curriculum at the Harvard Extension School, which is one of the most popular courses offered at the school. In addition, to her academic work, Dr. Frates runs her own private practice, helping people adopt healthy habits, through Wellness Synergy, LLC. As the Director of Wellness Programming at the Stroke Institute for Research and Recovery at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Dr. Frates has created and implemented a twelve-month wellness program for stroke survivors and their caregivers. Co Author of the book, Life After Stroke: The Guide to Recovering Your Health and Preventing Another Stroke, co-author of three chapters on behavior change in different medical textbooks, and author of multiple journal articles on lifestyle medicine, Dr. Frates is currently working on writing her next book. She is passionate about developing programs focused on lifestyle medicine and wellness.

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AMERICAN COLLEGE OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the world's flagship professional medical association for physicians, clinicians and allied health professionals, as well as those in professions devoted to advancing the mission of lifestyle medicine.

       

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