The American College of Lifestyle Medicine,
In Partnership with Dell Medical School
Is Excited to Present the Groundbreaking Event:

Summit on Happiness Science in Health Care 

Experts and stakeholders will convene to determine strategies for infusing evidence-based positive psychology interventions into health care clinical processes, treatment plans and healthcare workers’ personal health

Summit Leadership

Liana Lianov, MD, MPH

Summit Co-chair / ACLM

Dr. Liana Lianov has advanced the lifestyle medicine movement in the US and internationally. She is the current co-chair of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine, is a past president of ACLM and served on the board of directors of both the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the American College of Preventive Medicine. She co-led a national panel that defined lifestyle medicine competencies and co-authored the subsequent JAMA publication. During her tenure as the American Medical Association’s Healthy Lifestyles Division Director, she forged initiatives to support physicians in helping patients build healthy habits. Dr. Lianov has recently worked in the private sector to implement innovative strategies for sustainable health behavior change, including emotional well-being programs based on positive psychology and neuroscience. She spearheaded and now chairs the Happiness Science and Positive Health Committee for ACLM. She is board certified in internal medicine and preventive medicine and completed a psychiatry fellowship.

Carrie (Grace Caroline) Barron, MD

Summit Co-chair / DMS

Carrie Barron MD is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia and Dell Medical School, Director of Dell Medical School Creativity for Resilience Program, and Faculty Affiliate at Dell/UT Center for Health Communications. After practicing for 20 years in Manhattan, Carrie moved to Austin to join Dell Medical School’s Re-Think Everything mission. She is Dell’s Director of the Creativity for Resilience Program and a member of the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center’s Media and Outreach Committee. In her book The Creativity Cure, (co-authored with husband Dr. Alton Barron) clinical and academic practice, Carrie draws upon insight, action and human connection to help others with stress, anxiety and depression. Her work continues to be featured in magazines, podcasts, guest blogs and speaking events across the country. Carrie’s writings on resilience and creativity can be found here: or here:    You can join her 247,000 followers here:   for a whimsical look at self and situation. 

David Ring, MD, PhD

Planning Leader / DMS

David Ring, MD PhD is Associate Dean for Comprehensive Care and Professor of Surgery and Psychiatry at Dell Medical School.  Trained as a hand and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Ring’s extensive research, patient care, and quality and patient safety leadership contributed to an understanding of and a passion for the ways that mindset and circumstances affect human illness.  Getting people interested in innovative ways to get and stay healthy depends on effective communication strategies that establish trust and make healthy habits appealing.  Dr. Ring’s current work focuses on ways to use existing knowledge, diverse expertise, and innovative applications of technology to help people choose healthy options consistent with their values.