Welcome to the 3rd Malaysian Lifestyle Medicine Conference 2023

Malaysia's Leading Annual Lifestyle Medicine Conference

Join our upcoming 3rd Malaysian Lifestyle Medicine Conference 2023

Event Starting in


6th December &
7th December 2023.

Berjaya Times Square Hotel,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


A global epidemic of non-communicable diseases(NCDs) is raging across the world. Coronary artery disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and hypertension are now the leading causes of morbidity and mortality. This epidemic has devastating consequences for individuals, families and communities and the healthcare expenditure attributed to these diseases is no longer sustainable.

Mounting studies indicate that poor lifestyle choices are key factors in the pathogenesis of chronic diseases. Evidence suggests that 80%  of these chronic diseases can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, our professional training does not equip us to help our patients initiate health promoting behaviours.Hence there has been a great demand for evidence based lifestyle medicine practices.

Lifestyle Medicine an emerging discipline in healthcare has the potential to address the malady of NCDs plaquing mankind. It is an evidence based lifestyle therapeutic intervention that aims to prevent,treat and reverse lifestyle diseases by addressing the underlying causes and by replacing unhealthy behavior patterns with positive behavior.

The two day conference brings to you evidence based state of the art strategies to prevent,treat and reverse non-communicable diseases which aims to educate and empower healthcare professionals.Our esteemed speakers from around the world will provide insight into how you can help stem the NCD tsunami! We have a lively programme that includes lectures, workshops,mindfulness sessions, physical activity  sessions and more.  


  • Lifestyle Medicine And Remission Of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Microbiome And Chronic Diseases
  • Fasting In Disease Prevention And Management
  • Plant Based Diet And Chronic Diseases
    • Kidney Disease
    • Cancer
  • Women’s Health
  • Exercise And Obesity
  • Provider Burnout And Lifestyle Medicine
  • Science Of Neuroplasticity
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Social Connectedness And Laughter
  • Lifestyle Medicine Principles In Clinical Practice
  • Cardiovascular Health And Smoking
  • Sleep And Mental Health
  • Mindfulness And Stress Resiliency
  • And More



It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 3rd Malaysian Lifestyle Medicine Conference on the 6th and 7th of December 2023.The Malaysian Society of Lifestyle Medicine is proud to host this conference.

The Scientific programme promises to be engaging, covering a variety of relevant topics which highlight the various pillars of Lifestyle Medicine. With the theme of the conference being “Lifestyle Medicine: Redefining Healthcare”, it gives us the opportunity to explore how Lifestyle Medicine intervention in clinical practice can change the way we practice medicine and how this can contribute significantly to reducing the burden of chronic diseases.

Our international and local speakers are leaders in the field of Lifestyle Medicine. We hope to have physicians and allied healthcare professionals attend this conference as we embark on this journey together. A journey that will significantly impact healthcare not only in Malaysia but world over.

It is going to be an exciting conference with lectures, workshops, mindfulness sessions and more. You are going to learn about strategies that will not only help your patients but also help you to remain healthy. Furthermore, it gives you an opportunity to network and forge relationships that will promote Lifestyle Medicine. We are delighted to have you here at our conference and we hope that you will enjoy the conference!

Dr Sivaneswaran Poobalasingam MD, Dip IBLM
Founder and President, Malaysian Society of Lifestyle Medicine
Organizing Chairman, Malaysian Society of Lifestyle Medicine
Advisory Board, International Journal Of Disease Reversal And Prevention
Advisory Council, Global Positive Health Initiative
Council, True Health Initiative


Networking Opportunities

Expert Speakers

Develop Lifestyle Medicine Skills

Engaging Sessions


Dr Elissa Epel

 Director of the Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Center,University of California,San Francisco


Dr Muruga Raj Rajathurai

President,Malaysian Medical Association
President Commonwealth Medical Association


Dr.Elizabeth Frates 


President , American College Of Lifestyle Medicine

Dr.Wayne Dysinger


 Chair,Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance

Dr.Sivaneswaran Poobalasingam 

MD(Mal), Dip IBLM

Founder And President, Malaysian Society of Lifestyle Medicine

Dr.Edward M. Phillips


Director, Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Dr.Amy Mechely

Chair American and International Board Of Lifestyle Medicine

Dr.Darshan Mehta


Medical Director, Benson Henry Institute For Mind Body Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Dr.Shivam Joshi


    Asst Prof.New York University School Of Medicine

Mr.Stephan Herzog

Executive Director, American & Internationals Boards of Lifestyle Medicine

Dr.Liana Lianov


President ,Global Positive Health Institute

Dr.Siobhan McCormack 

Dr.Lawaniah Sandran


Dr.Sheena Fraser 

Dr Faridah Md Zin


Consultant Family Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine Physician, MSU Medical Centre

Dr.Rob Lawson 


  President, European Lifestyle Medicine Council

 Beth Frates, MD, FACLM, DipABLM, is a trained physiatrist and a health and wellness coach, with expertise in Lifestyle Medicine. She is an award-winning teacher at Harvard Medical School, where she is an assistant clinical professor. Dr. Frates is a pioneer in lifestyle medicine. She developed and taught a college Lifestyle Medicine curriculum at the Harvard Extension School in 2015 and it is still one of the most popular courses offered at the school. She was voted president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine in August 2020. Dr. Frates serves as President-Elect until 2022.

She authored a Lifestyle Medicine syllabus, which can be downloaded through the ACLM website, to serve as a template for other instructors and professors. In addition, Dr. Frates co-authored The Lifestyle Medicine Handbook: An Introduction to the Power of Healthy Habits, which was ranked in the top 20 by Book Authority for medical books released in 2018. To accompany the syllabus and handbook, she also co-created Lifestyle Medicine 101, a full college curriculum with 12 weeks of powerpoints and a teacher’s manual, which is free and accessible through the ACLM website.  Most recently, Dr. Frates co-authored, The Teen Lifestyle Medicine Handbook, published in October 2020.

As Director of Wellness Programming at the Stroke Institute for Research and Recovery at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, Dr. Frates has created and implemented a 12-Step wellness program, PAVING the Path to Wellness™ for patients and providers. As of the fall of 2020, Dr. Frates serves as the Director of Lifestyle Medicine and Wellness for the Department of Surgery at Mass General Hospital. In addition, Dr. Frates has her own Lifestyle Medicine consulting/coaching practice where she sees patients 1:1 and in groups.

Dr. Dysinger is a lifestyle, preventive and family medicine physician who currently serves as physician, chair and founder of Lifestyle Medical, a new model group of primary care clinics built around Lifestyle Medicine principles.  He is also the co-founder of the Lifestyle Medicine Network, a collaboration of primary care practices throughout the United States that all have a Lifestyle Medicine foundation.  Additionally, he is the Chair of both the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine and the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine.  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 is a past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and past Medical Director for the Complete Health Improvement Program.  He has previously worked in various capacities with the American Medical Association, the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.  Prior to his current position, Dr. Dysinger was Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, Loma Linda University, and faculty/co-founder of both the Family and the Preventive Medicine residencies at Dartmouth.  He has also worked in faculty, patient care and service capacities in Atlanta and Guam. 

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 is a Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Dr. Sivaneswaran Poobalasingam was appointed as the Lifestyle Medicine Expert Consultant with the World Health Organisation for the Lifestyle Medicine For Diabetes Remission Project(WHO-MOH). Dr. Siva is the Founder and President of the Malaysian Society of Lifestyle Medicine which is affiliated to the Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance. He is on the Advisory Board of the International Journal for Disease Reversal and Prevention. He also sits on the US based True Health Initiative Council and Global Positive Health Institute’s Advisory Council and the National Coalition for Mental Wellness in Malaysia He is one of two Asian
Physicians to be appointed as Exam Question Writers for the Lifestyle Medicine Board  Certification examination. Dr Siva is the Country Representative for the International Council of Integrative Medicine and the Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance.

Dr. Siva is CEO of Amrita Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine Center and Amrit Lifestyle Medicine Academy, a wellness academy. He is a Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician. He is frequently invited to speak on Lifestyle Medicine by government institutions. He has also conducted workshops on Lifestyle Medicine for programs jointly organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Malaysian Ministry of Health and University Era Ketiga (University Putra Malaysia). He is a published author and has written books on a mind body approach to wellness and on the importance of herbs and nutrition in healthy ageing.

Edward M. Phillips, MD, is Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and is Founder and Director of the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (ILM) at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.  In his work at the ILM since 2006 he has directed 26 live CME programs attended by over 25,000 clinicians from 115 countries.

In 2015 Phillips joined the VA Boston Healthcare System and now serves as Whole Health Medical Director. He is integrating Whole Health-lifestyle medicine training for students and trainees across the VA as National Whole Health Education Champion for Health Professions Trainees. Additionally, Phillips is a Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) and serves on the executive council that developed the Exercise is Medicine global initiative. He has >80 scientific publications. He serves on the Advisory Board of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, the Health Sector and Military Settings Sectors of the United States National Physical Activity Plan and is a founding director of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine.

Phillips is an active clinician, educator and advocate who speaks and consults nationally guiding a broad-based effort to reduce lifestyle-related death, disease, and costs through clinician directed interventions with patients. His medical school, SUNY Buffalo, honored him with its Distinguished Alumni Award for his accomplishments in Lifestyle Medicine. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition has recognized Dr. Phillips, the ILM and the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative with its Community Leadership Award. He appears on national media including Good Morning America, ESPN radio, Huffington Post, Slate, and Time Magazine. He co-hosted the NPR Daily Exercise Podcast, WBUR’s Magic Pill which was awarded an Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Innovation and has 2 million downloads of the sequel podcast “Food, We Need to Talk.” He is co-authoring his third book, “Food, We Need to Talk: The science-based, humor-laced, last word on eating, diet, and making peace with your body” from St. Martin’s Press, Summer, 2023.

Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH is Assistant Professor in Medicine and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the Director of Education for the Osher Center at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Medical Director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at MGH, Director for the Office for Well-Being with the Center for Faculty Development at MGH, and an internal medicine consultant to the Home Base Program at MGH. In addition, he is the MGH site director for the Practice of Medicine curriculum required of all 1st-year Harvard Medical School students and leads their well-being curriculum. His educational and research interests include curricular development in complementary and integrative medical therapies, mind/body educational interventions in health professions training, and promotion of professionalism in medical trainees.

Dr.Shivam Joshi, MD, received his BS from Duke University and his MD from the University of Miami. He completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami and his nephrology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has been featured in the NY Times, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal. He is an adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He has a research interest in plant-based diets in kidney disease and has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific articles. He speaks frequently on this subject to audiences worldwide, and is the youngest nephrologist to receive the highest award in renal nutrition, the National Kidney Foundation’s Joel D. Kopple Award. You can follow him on Twitter, Instagram (@sjoshiMD), and on his website (www.afternoonrounds.com).

Stephan is a business professional who was born and raised in Switzerland and spent most of his professional career working for large multi-nationals in Australia, Europe and the US. He has worked for GE in Switzerland and Australia for 10 years, ran Australia’s largest chain of fitness centers as CEO for 6, served on the board of a large health food manufacturer and has been running his own consulting business since 2011. In his spare time, he mentors MBA graduates from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and supports an orphanage in Myanmar. Most recently he orchestrated the revamping and commercialization of the preeminent intensive therapeutic lifestyle change program (CHIP) globally. Currently he serves as the Executive Director of the American and International Boards of Lifestyle Medicine, helping to bring standardized lifestyle medicine education and certification to all corners of the globe. Stephan is passionate about being a walking talking example of optimal health and motivating others to be the best they can be.

As an innovative global leader in lifestyle medicine, Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACLM, FACPM, DipABLM has advanced the movement for integrating positive psychology into health care. She led the development of the original lifestyle medicine core competencies for physicians and health professionals, which have recently been expanded to include positive psychology-based knowledge and skills. She serves as the President of the Global Positive Health Institute, chair of the Happiness Science and Positive Health Committee of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), lead faculty for the ACLM Physician and Health Professional Wellbeing Program, and vice-chair of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine.

Dr. Lianov is the immediate past president of the Positive Health and Wellbeing Division of the International Positive Psychology Association, A few of her notable past roles include president of the ACLM, director for the Healthy Lifestyles Division of the American Medical Association and board regent for the American College of Preventive Medicine. She also directed programs in heart disease, stroke and cancer prevention at the California Department of Health Services.

In 2018, Dr. Lianov convened the inaugural Summit on Happiness Science in Health Care cosponsored by the ACLM and Dell Medical School, which led to scholarly publications and a groundbreaking book on how to integrate happiness science into medical practice, Roots of Positive Change, Optimizing Health Care with Positive Psychology. To further this mission, she founded the Global Positive Health Institute (https://www.positivehealth.world) which provides positive psychology education and practical tools for health professionals to use in their clinical practices and support their personal well-being. You can follow her work with the GPHI on FB and Instagram @globalpositivehealth. Her latest book, Strengths in the Mirror, Thriving Now and Tomorrow (to be published August 30, 2021) shares inspirational stories from colleagues and sums up how we all can flourish through healthy lifestyles, positive activities and personal strengths.

Dr Faridah binti Mohd Zin is a Family Medicine Specialist and an IBLM certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician. She obtained her medical degree from National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland. Subsequently received her master’s degree in Family Medicine from Universiti Sains Malaysia and later in 2019, she was honored with Doctor of Philosophy in Social Studies by Universiti Utara Malaysia. She is a certified smoking cessation practitioner and participated in the 2018 Fellowship Program in Tobacco Control in Hong Kong, SAR, China. She has an overwhelming interest in prevention and treatment of lifestyle related diseases, as well as community health education. She has delivered countless lectures for the community and professionals in the past 10 years especially on lifestyles, disease prevention and noncommunicable diseases. She believes in the importance of self-empowerment as an essential element in patient care. She is currently practicing her passion and expertise at the Health Screening and Wellness Clinic, MSU Medical Centre.

Having qualified in Medicine in 1975, Rob has gained extensive experience as a Family Doctor in Scotland. His principal interests have been primary and secondary prevention of disease and the discipline of Lifestyle Medicine. As well as leading his NHS team to the highest awards for quality (2003-2013) he founded a charity in 1991 providing weekly activity and support in venues around the county of East Lothian for people living with long term conditions including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, lung disease and frailty. He has recently retired from clinical practice to concentrate on the applications of Lifestyle Medicine to healthcare. In 2016 he co-founded BSLM, a registered charity, to promote the principles of Lifestyle Medicine to healthcare professionals and the public.

He serves as Chairman of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine,  President of the European Lifestyle Medicine Council and as Vice President of the Mediterranean Lifestyle Medicine Institute.