Lifestyle Medicine:
An Emerging Healthcare Trend That Inspires

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Wayne S. Dysinger, MD, MPH

Wayne S. Dysinger
Past President
American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Executive Director
Physician, CEO
Lifestyle Medicine Solutions
California, USA

Dr. Dysinger is a lifestyle medicine physician who has a long record of experience in both lifestyle medicine and academia. Dr. Dysinger completed medical school at Loma Linda University in 1986. This was followed by a family medicine residency at Florida Hospital, and a preventive medicine residency back at Loma Linda University. He also completed his masters in public health at Loma Linda University. Dr. Dysinger began his career working with the Guam SDA Clinic. His next job was helping to start a family medicine residency in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1995 Dr. Dysinger moved to New Hampshire where he helped Dartmouth University, an Ivy League college, start both a family medicine residency, and then a unique leadership preventive medicine Residency that focused on quality improvement and population health skills.

In 2003 Dr. Dysinger was recruited back to his alma mater, Loma Linda University, to be the chair of the Preventive Medicine Department. Over the next 12 years he filled this role, during which time he helped to start an innovative family and preventive medicine residency that focused on lifestyle medicine and global health and was actively involved in medical school education. Dr. Dysinger also participated in research, acquired grant funding, and quadrupled the size and capacity of the Preventive Medicine Department. He helped to build clinical activities in not only lifestyle medicine, but also occupational medicine, student health, and underserved care.

Dr. Dysinger was one of the founders of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and was the third president of that organization. He has helped build the lifestyle medicine movement from a concept to a significant force that is spreading around the world. He is currently on the board of the American College of Preventive Medicine where he helps to coordinate the lifestyle medicine strategic initiatives of that organization. He has also served in board or consulting roles for the American Medical Association, the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, the American Medical Student Association, and Lifestyle Centers of America.

Dr. Dysinger currently serves as chief executive officer for Lifestyle Medicine Solutions, a new model primary care clinic concept that is built on lifestyle medicine principles along with a direct primary care funding mechanism. His practice goal is to make the lifestyle medicine choice available to every patient, and to create valid career options in lifestyle medicine for every health practitioner. Dr. Dysinger is also the medical director of the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP), president of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine, and an active faculty at Loma Linda University. He remains a sought after speaker, and has lectured or provided consultation around lifestyle medicine in almost every continent.

Dr. Dysinger is married with four children. He is an active athlete running marathons and triathlons, even having completed an ironman triathlon. He loves to travel and spread the lifestyle medicine message around the world.