About

The Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance (LMGA) represents the convergence of Lifestyle Medicine professional associations from around the world, uniting under one banner for the purpose of collaboration, shared knowledge and best practices, and to more compellingly convey the power of the lifestyle medicine story—a story of health, hope and healing for one and all. Lifestyle Medicine leaders of all nations are working together to decrease the global pandemic of non-communicable disease.

Vision

A world without non-communicable disease.

Mission

LMGA seeks to unite Lifestyle Medicine medical professional associations from around the world, with the goal of reining in the alarming rise in global obesity and lifestyle-related chronic disease trends. Identifying and eradicating the cause of disease is our mission.

Background

LMGA was initiated by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) in 2015 in response to the increasing need for Lifestyle Medicine solutions in low and middle income countries and for communication and coordination between Lifestyle Medicine medical professional organizations around the world.

LMGA is taking the lead in uniting the Lifestyle Medicine sister organizations that are now present on virtually every continent, creating cohesiveness, enabling global sharing of best practices and educational resources, leveraging public relations efforts, and developing opportunities for synergistic collaboration. In the knowledge and belief that Lifestyle Medicine offers affordable, sustainable solutions to the global pandemic of non-communicable disease, LMGA is committed to championing the cause around the world.


Advisory Board

JENNY LEE, M.D., PhD., MPH

Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM)
Korean Association of Lifestyle Medicine (KALM)
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at University of North Texas Health Science Center

Dr. Jenny Lee is a Korean-American Lifestyle Medicine Specialist, Health and Wellness Coach, and Holistic Wellness Practitioner. She serves as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Lee earned a PhD. in Neuro Motor Behavior Science and achieved a post-doctoral degree in Master of Public Health with concentration in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. She holds Masters’ degrees in Exercise Physiology and Therapeutic Recreation, and a Bachelors degree in English Literature and Language.

As to the professional efforts for the field of Lifestyle Medicine (LM), while she has devoted to LM education, research, and practice, Dr. Lee created many programs and organizations in USA, Asia, and Korea and contributed to the advocate and advancement of Lifestyle Medicine at a global level. Dr. Lee founded the Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) and the Korean Association of Lifestyle Medicine (KALM), known as the ASLM – South Korea. She currently serves as a member of Council of Directors of the True Health Alliance and a representative of South Korea of Lifestyle Medicine Global Association (LMGA). Dr. Lee is the founderand director of the Center for Lifestyle Medicine and Wellness Care or CLMWC (www.lifemedwellcare.org), designed to support Asian medical communities and general populations engage in Lifestyle Medicine education, research and practice.


FABIO CESAR dos SANTOS, M.D.

Founder and President of ABRASFEV (Brazilian Association of Functional and Lifestyle Health)

Dr. Fabio is a physician, specializing in cardiology and post graduate work in nutrition. He is also founding President of the Brazilian Association of Functional and Lifestyle Health (ABRASFEV) and the Brazilian Association of Lifestyle Medicine (ABRAMEV). He is considered a national ambassador of the worldwide movement in Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Fabio’s work with Lifestyle Medicine concepts include optimizing metabolic aspects, energy, hormonal balance, exercise and nutrition, stress patterns, inflammation and oxidative stress.

Along with his cardiology practice and leadership in the field of lifestyle medicine, Dr. Fabio has spoken nationally and internationally in on all subjects relating to lifestyle medicine.


LUIGI MASELLI, MD, PhD

Founding President of Italian Lifestyle Medicine Association (ILMA)

Dr. Luigi Maselli works as Scientific Director at National Department of Lifestyle Sciences in Italy and as an Instructor of Medicine at Sapienza University of Rome – School of Medicine and Dentistry. He also is the founding President of the Italian Lifestyle Medicine Association (ILMA). In 2015 he received the Distinguished Doctor Award at San Raffaele University of Rome in honor of his significant contribution to Lifestyle Medicine in Italy.
Dr. Maselli is a neuroimmunologist with a PhD in Neurosciences and he developed his academic career in some of the best medical schools in the world such as NYU, Harvard, Stanford, Sapienza, and Peking. He is active in patient care, research, speaking, teaching and writing, and wrote the first Italian book on Lifestyle Medicine. After establishing his connection with the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he fell in love with Lifestyle Medicine, he established Lifestyle Medicine programs in several Italian universities.

Dr. Maselli’s overwhelming enthusiasm for life and propensity for helping others reflect the values that make Lifestyle Medicine unique for the treatment and prevention of lifestyle-related chronic diseases.


MANISH KOHLI,M.D., MPH, MBA

Physician, Chief of Medical Informatics and Chair of Wellbeing Programs
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Dr. Manish Kohli is an experienced leader in US and emerging markets who is passionate about global health and care transformation through innovation and technology. Dr. Kohli is dually Board Certified in Clinical Informatics and in Family Medicine. He is a Fellow of Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and serves on the Global Board of HIMSS, the HIMSS Asia Pacific Governing Council, Joint Commission International’s (JCI) Standards Advisory Panel and Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance Advisory Board.

Dr. Kohli’s clinical interests center on wellness, preventive care, lifestyle medicine and population health. Prior to joining CCAD, Dr. Kohli served as Director of Global Programs and Healthcare Informatics with Partners Harvard Medical International’s (PHMI). As part of this role he spent nearly two years on initiatives in Dubai Health Care City that included initial development and expansion of a health information exchange that connected over 70 health care entities to the Center for Healthcare Planning and Quality (CPQ). Concurrently, he also served as the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) of the University Hospital, Dubai. Before relocating to the UAE, Dr. Kohli was the Medical Director of Clinical Information Systems at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD, USA where, in addition to seeing primary care patients, he led the successful implementation of a full functionality electronic medical record (EMR).


PETER BOWDEN, M.D.

Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine
Family Medicine Physician, Auckland, New Zealand

Dr. Bowden is a registered family physician since 1982, working in an urban group practice in Auckland New Zealand. In the era he has worked in, there has been a revolution in technological innovation in the area of organ imaging and a massive expansion of pharmaceuticals available to the clinician. Dr. Bowden is profoundly grateful for both of these advancements, and the orthodox scientific tradition that has been responsible for their development. However he has also witnessed a deepening disillusionment amongst his primary care colleagues who have felt that such developments have not equipped them to deal effectively with the challenges of helping those with chronic illness flourish and enable behavioural change among those who desperately need it as they struggle with diseases of lifestyle. In the absence of inspiration and skills, inappropriate medicalisation is so often the fall back position that is adopted and harm ensues – both to the patient and the healthcare worker. This situation must change. Dr. Bowden sees the lifestyle medicine movement as a real beacon of hope in this regard.

The way forward must be collaboration with the different health disciplines, must be innovative in the way that it engages both colleagues and the local community it serves and operate at all levels from the local to the political. Dr. Bowden is extremely grateful for the way the Lifestyle Medicine discipline has articulated the issues and for providing inspiring leadership. He regards it as a privilege to contribute in any way he can to the furtherance of its aims.


SAM MANGER, MBBS, BSc, FRACGP

Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM)
General Practitioner, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

After completing his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and his undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BSc) from the University of Queensland, he e is now a General Practitioner with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) where he received an award for the highest score obtained in the fellowship examinations. He currently works in South East Queensland after working in a variety of locations around rural and urban Australia in a range of settings including indigenous health, chronic disease and public health.

Dr. Manger has focused on lifestyle and nutritional medicine, personalised medicine, public health, medical education and leading edge medical applications. He is a National Board Member with the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM), the Australian representative for the Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance (LMGA), a Medical Educator with James Cook University (JCU) and Generalist Medical Training (GMT), and is also studying a Master’s in Public Health (MPH). Also, he is founder of the National Board Director of the Australia wide Transitions Film Festival. The TFF was founded in 2012 and has screened hundreds of positive and solutions focussed films, forums and events around Australia on the transition to a sustainable and ethical culture.


TOMMY WOOD, M.D., PhD

British Society of Lifestyle Medicine
Chief Medical Officer, Nourish Balance Thrive

Dr. Wood is a UK-trained physician with a PhD in Physiology and Neuroscience, currently working as a visiting scientist researching neonatal brain injury at the University of Washington, USA. He received an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, before studying medicine at the University of Oxford. He is Chief Medical Officer of Nourish Balance Thrive, a performance clinic for athletes based in California, Chief Scientific Officer for Physicians for Ancestral Health, and a Trustee of the newly-formed British Society of Lifestyle Medicine.


WAYNE DYSINGER, M.D., MPH

American College of Lifestyle Medicine,
CEO, Lifestyle Medicine Solutions
Medical Director, Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP)

Dr. Dysinger is a preventive and family medicine physician who currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Lifestyle Medicine Solutions, a new model primary care concept that is built on Lifestyle Medicine. He is also Chair of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine, and Medical Director of the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP). He is an active faculty at Loma Linda University and consults, teaches and participates in research 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.


JHONY ALBERTO De La CRUZ VARGAS, M.D., MCR

Professor and Researcher, Peruvian Union University School of Medicine
Oncologist, head of Teaching and Research, Good Hope Clinic, Lima, Peru

Dr. Vargas has held various positions as Co-Director of the School of Oncology-Ministry of Health of the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Head of Teaching and Research at the State Institute of Oncology in Acapulco, Mexico. Also, Director and Founder of Acapulco Oncology Group. Within the Ministry of Health of the State of Guerrero, he was Director of the General Hospital of the Renaissance, and State Director of Medical Education and Research in Health. He has directed important public health programs and was Advisor to the Health Commission of the Honorable Congress of Guerrero.

Trujillano of birth, Peru. He graduated as a Medical Doctor at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the National University of La Plata, Argentina. He completed residency of Clinical Oncology at the School of the Province of Buenos Aires and was awarded the Academic Degree Specialist in Oncology at the National University of La Plata. He completed postgraduate activities in Barcelona, Spain. He completed Internal Medicine and the Master of Clinical Research, graduating with honors at the It has international publications and currently serves as a professor and researcher at the School of Medicine and Master of Public Health Peruvian Union University, is developed as a Medical Oncologist and Head of Teaching and Research at the Good Hope Clinic in Lima, Peru.


IOANNIS ARKADIANOS, M.D.

SCOPE C0-Founder and Vice President of the European Lifestyle Medicine Organization (ELMO)

Dr. Arkadianos is a pioneer Medical Doctor of lifestyle medicine in Europe, having practiced in this field for the last 25 years. He is an active member of the Hellenic Medical Association for the study of Obesity, European Association for the study of Obesity, American Society for Nutrition, International Society of Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics, Canadian Obesity Network and Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. He is also a council member of the True Health Initiative. His medical practice is located in Athens, Greece.

Having graduated from Athens University Medical School, he is certified physician in General Medicine with extra Post Graduate studies in Obesity, Nutrition and Nutrigenomics. He holds the Specialist Certification of Obesity Professional Education (SCOPE) from World Obesity Federation (WOF).


JOHANN KIM T. MANEZ, MD, FACLM

President, Philippine College of Lifestyle Medicine

Dr. Mañez is one of the youngest professors among the faculty of the newly opened College of Medicine in the Adventist University of the Philippines located at Puting Kahoy, Silang, Cavite, the first medical school in the world with Lifestyle Medicine incorporated into the curriculum. His educational background consists of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology, one in History, Philosophy and Religion and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He finished his Medical Degree at the Manila Central University College of Medicine and initially underwent his first year of training as a resident of Internal Medicine at the Adventist Medical Center Manila, before deciding to shift his education, teaching, research and medical practice to Lifestyle Medicine.

Dr. Mañez is presently the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) Facilitator and Lifestyle Medicine Consultant of the Adventist Medical Center Manila where they conduct both community-based (CHIP) and residential Lifestyle Medicine programs. He has conducted more than 400 seminars and lectures and several media appearances and interviews on Lifestyle Medicine and Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors around the Philippines and several neighboring Asian and Pacific Island Countries. Dr. Mañez, together with his colleagues from Loma Linda-California, Manila-Philippines and New South Wales-Australia, recently published research on the successful outcomes of CHIP done in the Philippines, in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Health Sciences. He is a member of the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine, Fellow in the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, a founding member of the Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and president and founder of the Philippine College of Lifestyle Medicine.


LILACH MALATSKEY, MD, MHA

Chairman of the Israeli society of Lifestyle Medicine
Program Coordinator and Lecturer, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University,
Bar Ilan University and Ben Gurion University in the Negev

Dr. Malatskey is a family physician specializing in lifestyle medicine.
She is the Chairman of the Israeli society of Lifestyle Medicine in the Israel Medical Association and the Israeli ambassador in the European Lifestyle Medicine organization. Her research interest includes lifestyle medicine teaching for medical students and family practitioners and physician’s health. She is the Primary editor of the syllabus for the study of lifestyle medicine and a Coordinator and lecturer of Lifestyle medicine courses for family practitioners and residents at Sackler School of Medicine Tel Aviv University, Bar Ilan University and Ben Gurion University in the Negev. Coordinating with the chairman of the Israel Medical association, she is leading a program to improve physician’s health in Israel. Lately she created an online lifestyle medicine course for primary physician in NextGenU- the world’s first free, accredited, higher education portal.


NICOLE SIROTIN, MD

Chief, Internal Medicine Department
Director, Executive Health Program Medical Subspecialties Institute
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Nicole Sirotin, MD is the Chief of Internal Medicine and Director of Executive Health in the Medical Subspecialties Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) She has taken a leading role in the effort to introduce Lifestyle Medicine at CCAD. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Sirotin was faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC). She cared for patients in both inpatient and ambulatory settings, supervised residents in clinical encounters, and taught courses pertaining to Global Health and Lifestyle Medicine to both residents and medical students. Dr. Sirotin also served as Medical Director of the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights and continued her research career as a recipient of the Cornell University/WCMC Seed Grant Award for an investigation of food insecurity.
Dr. Sirotin earned her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School and completed her residency in Primary Care/General Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), with a Health Equities Area of Distinction. She was the recipient of the UCSF Exceptional Physician Award and the Reza Gandjei Humanism Award. After residency, Dr. Sirotin completed a research fellowship in Global Public Health at the University of California, San Diego.