About ABLM​

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

Meet the Exam Writers

Jill Waalen, MD

Associate Professor
Scripps Research Institute Family Medicine
Physician, Psychometric Expert

Gregory L. Steinke, MD

Family Medicine
Tillamook Regional Medical Center
Family, Preventive & Lifestyle Medicine Specialist

Elizabeth Frates, MD

Harvard Medical School Physician
Wellness Coach & Researcher​

Karen Studer MD

Program Director
Population Medicine Associate Program Director
Preventive Medicine Residency Program
Loma Linda University

Darren Morton PhD

Senior Lecturer
Avondale College of Higher Education
Lifestyle Medicine Researcher & Presenter​

B o a r d   M e m b e r s

Wayne Dysinger, MD ABLM Board Chair

CEO, Lifestyle Medicine Solutions
Past President, ACLM

Liana Lianov, MD ABLM Vice Chair

CEO, Health Type
Past President, ACLM​

Dr. Brenda Rae, MD DipABLM

Physician at Loma Linda Health Past Board Memb.er, ACLM​

David Ferriss, MD

Vice President & Medical Director
Healthways Board Treasurer, ACLM

Eddie Phillips, MD

Founder/Director, Institute of Lifestyle Medicine
(ILM) at Harvard Medical School

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

Stephan Herzog, ABLM Executive Director, ex-officio

Director, Duke & Co
Past General Manager, Lifestyle Medicine Institute (CHIP)​


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The American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM) sets and maintains standards for assessment and credentialing of physicians in Lifestyle Medicine. Certification as an ABLM diplomate signifies specialized knowledge in the practice of lifestyle medicine and distinguishes a physician as having achieved competency in lifestyle medicine.