About ABLM

OUR PURPOSE – WHY WE EXIST

The rationale for creating a Lifestyle Medicine (LM) certification is:

  • To educate interested physicians, health and allied health professionals about Lifestyle Medicine
  • To set a common standard/language for Lifestyle Medicine protocols globally
  • To differentiate between the evidence based Lifestyle Medicine professionals and the non-evidence based Lifestyle Medicine practitioners
  • To set a global Lifestyle Medicine benchmark
  • To attract health insurance funding for evidence based Lifestyle Medicine (by requiring that any fund receivers be formally certified)
  • To “legitimize” Lifestyle Medicine and have the ABLM certification eventually fall under the umbrella of board certification in Preventive Medicine or another ABMS board
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EXAM QUESTION WRITERS

Jill Waalen MD – Exam Writing, Coordination and Proctoring
Associate Professor, Scripps Research Institute
Family Medicine Physician, Psychometric Expert
Gregory L. Steinke MD – Exam Writing
Family Medicine, Tillamook Regional Medical Center
Family, Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine Specialist
Elizabeth Frates MD – Exam Writing
Lecturer, Harvard Medical School
Physician, Wellness Coach and Researcher
Darren Morton PhD – Exam Writing
Senior Lecturer, Avondale College of Higher Education, Lifestyle Medicine Researcher and Presenter

BOARD MEMBERS

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Wayne Dysinger, MD, ABLM Board Chair
CEO, Lifestyle Medicine Solutions
Past President, ACLM
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Dexter Shurney, MD, ABLM Treasurer
Chief Medical Director, Cummins Inc.
President-elect, ACLM
Past Board Member, ACLM
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Eddie Phillips, MD, ABLM Board Member
Founder/Director, Institute of Lifestyle Medicine
(ILM) at Harvard Medical School
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Michael Barry, ex-officio
Executive Director, American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)
Past Associate Director, Public Health Foundation
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TBA, ex-officio
(ED of ELMO)
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Stephan Herzog, ABLM Executive Director, ex-officio
Director, Duke & Co
Past General Manager, Lifestyle Medicine Institute (CHIP)
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Liana Lianov, MD, ABLM Vice Chair
CEO, Health Type
Past President, ACLM
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David Ferriss, MD, ABLM Board Member
Vice President & Medical Director, Healthways
Board Treasurer, ACLM
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Susan Benigas, ex-officio
Executive Director, American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM)
Founder, The Plantrician Project; Co-Founder,
Int’l Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference
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Stephen Penman, ex-officio
Executive Director, Australiasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM)
Past CEO, Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicin (ACNEM)
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James Wu, ex-officio
Board member Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM)
Past Vice President of Lifestyle, Hong Kong Adventist Hospital