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

B o a r d   M e m b e r s

Amy Mechley, MD
ABLM Board Chair

CEO, Integrated Family Care

Jon Bonnet, MD

VA Obesity & Lifestyle Medicine physician

Rich Rosenfeld, MD

Distinguished Professor and Chair of Otolaryngology
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Dr. Brenda Rae, MD

Physician at Loma Linda Health
Past Board Member, ACLM

Jasdeep Saluja, MD

Medical Director, Revive Medicine BC, Canada

David Lippman, MD

Medical Director, Echo Community Health Care

Meagan Grega, MD

Chief Medical Officer at Kellyn Foundation

Beth Frates, MD

President ACLM

Susan Benigas

Executive Director, American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM)
Founder, The Plantrician Project;
Co-Founder, Int’l Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference

Wayne Dysinger, MD

Previous ABLM board chair, CEO Lifestyle Medical

Stephan Herzog
Executive Director (ex-officio)

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

Question Bank and Exam Manager

Jill Waalen, MD

Associate Professor
Scripps Research Institute Family Medicine
Physician, Psychometric Expert

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​

Karen Adamson, MBBS

Endocrinology and Diabetes Specialist      National Health Service, United Kingdom


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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.