Lifestyle Medicine: Integrating Health Promotion into Clinical Practice

Panel Discussion

Leslie Casey presents panel discussion on lifestyle medicine

Leslie Casey

Director of Operations & Development, True Health Initiative

Wayne S. Dysinger, MD, MPH

Family and Preventive Medicine Physician – Lifestyle Medicine Solutions CEO & Medical Director – Lifestyle Medicine Institute Associate Professor – Loma Linda University

Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH

SVP Clinical Affairs & Chief Medical Office, Zipongo

Deepa Sannidhi, MD

Family Physician, UC San Diego Health


AAOHN 1.05 | AAFP 1.0 | ACSM 1.0 | CDR 1.0 | NCHEC 1.0 (advanced)

As health promotion begins to mature in workplace settings, it is beginning to take hold in clinical practice, often under the name of lifestyle medicine. A panel of practicing family, corporate, and military physicians will review how they are integrating lifestyle medicine into their clinical practices and also how they are coordinating their care strategies with employers. They will discuss the growing emphasis on prevention, the impact to the provider practice and the lessons to be gleaned from employer strategies. Case studies for successful interventions and ways for employers to support further success will be shared and discussed in an interactive presentation.


Presenter Bio(s):

Leslie Casey leverages her 22-years of experience in non-profit management, marketing and business development to connect targeted audiences to innovations in education and health care.
Beginning at two large hospital systems, Leslie’s career has included public relations, service-line development, event planning, & communication strategy. She honed her skills at an ad agency helping corporations like Pepsi, Hershey and General Mills with promotional projects. She was re-introduced to healthcare as a manager at Arthur Andersen and co-owner of Sole Graphics and Marketing in Fort Worth.

With a passion for promoting healthy lifestyles, Leslie serves on multiple community task forces. After being Vice President of the Health Industry Council for almost 5 years, Leslie became one of the founding members of a network based on education, prevention, and active choice, – a movement known as FitWorth, Healthy City Initiative. In addition to chairing the non-profit home for FitWorth, Leslie serves on the board for Cowtown Marathon, the largest multi-race event in Texas.

She serves as an advisor for It’s Time Texas, UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health, and the local Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University, Leadership Fort Worth and earned a certificate in Lifestlye Health from UNTHSC.
Leslie celebrates 20 years of marriage and two children, one currently enrolled at the University of Oklahoma and the other a Freshman in high school.


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.


Dr. Dexter Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH is the former Chief Medical Director /Executive Director for Global Health Benefits and Corporate Wellness for Cummins, Inc. He has an extensive background in health care management and policy. He has distinguished himself as a recognized leader in his profession in numerous ways. Prior to Cummins, Dr. Shurney was the Chief Medical Director of the Employee Health Plan for Vanderbilt University and Medical Center. During his tenure at Vanderbilt he also held joint faculty appointments as Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Internal Medicine and Public Health, and Adjunct Faculty, Owens Graduate School of Management. Other positions that Dr. Shurney has held include SeniorVice President and Chief Medical Officer for Healthways, Senior Health Policy Strategist in the Division of Government Affairs for the biotechnology company Amgen Inc., Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of medical affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Editor of the Journal of Managed Care Physicians. Dr. Shurney serves on numerous boards including: The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM)where he is President-elect, the Global Business Group on Health, and the National Association of Managed Care Physicians. From 2007-2009, he served as the Chair of the Tennessee Diabetes Prevention and Health Improvement Board appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen. He was also the most recent Chair of the Business Strategies Committee for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP). For 12 years he served as the American College of Medical Quality’s (ACMQ) elected delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Shurney is co-author of the book “Integrating Wellness into Your Disease Management Programs” which is a “how- to” strategic guide for employers that wish to innovate their approach to chronic condition management. Dr. Shurney is board-certified in general preventive medicine and public health. He is a fellow in theAmerican College of Lifestyle Medicine.