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The Exercise is Medicine Advisory Board is comprised of members nominated by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). ACSM is grateful for the Board's commitment to furthering the Exercise is Medicine initiative, and is especially appreciative of Dr. Robert Sallis’s vision and enthusiasm in creating the program. The Advisory Boardserves as the guiding body of Exercise is Medicine as the initiative grows and moves forward.


Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM – Exercise is Medicine Advisory BoardChairman
Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM, serves as the chairman for the Exercise is Medicine initiative and previously served as president (2007-08) of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Dr. Sallis received his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and his medical degree from Texas A&M University. He completed his residency in family medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, Calif., where he served as chief resident. He has served as the head team physician at Pomona College since 1988, and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in sports medicine. Dr. Sallis lectures and publishes extensively in the area of sports medicine and serves as chairman of the Science Advisory Committee to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He received the 2008 Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and the 2009 Leonardo da Vinci award for international leadership in sports medicine from the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine. Dr. Sallis currently serves as editor-in-chief of ACSM's clinical journal, Current Sports Medicine Reports.


Steven N. Blair, P.E.D., FACSM

Steven N. Blair, P.E.D., FACSM, is professor in the departments of exercise science and epidemiology and biostatistics at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. Dr. Blair is a past-president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education as well as co-Chair of the Exercise is Medicine Science Committee. He has received awards from many professional associations, including a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health, an ACSM Honor Award, the Robert Levy Lecture Award, and the Population Research Prize from the American Heart Association. Dr. Blair is also one of the few individuals outside the U.S. Public Health Service to be awarded the U.S. Surgeon General's Medallion. His research focuses on the associations between lifestyle and health, with a specific emphasis on exercise, physical fitness, body composition, and chronic disease. He has published more than 450 papers and chapters in the scientific literature, and served as the senior scientific editor for the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health.


Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D., FACSM

Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D., FACSM, is director of cardiac rehabilitation and exercise laboratories at William Beaumont Hospital. He holds adjunct faculty appointments as clinical professor of exercise science at Oakland University, professor of physiology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and clinical professor, department of family medicine, and the University of Michigan Medical School. He received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and doctorate degrees from Kent State University, The University of Michigan and The Pennsylvania State University, respectively. Pursuing his interest in combining exercise physiology with cardiology, Dr. Franklin and his associates have studied the hemodynamic and cardiorespiratory responses to numerous occupational and leisure-time activities in persons with and without heart disease, including snow shoveling, lawn mowing, stair climbing, and deer hunting. Dr. Franklin served as president of the American College of Sports Medicine in 1999. 


James M. Galloway, M.D., FACP, FACC, FAHA

Rear Admiral James M. Galloway, M.D., FACP, FACC, FAHA, Assistant U.S. Surgeon General, was appointed as the regional health administrator and serves as the lead federal physician, the principal federal public health official and the senior U.S. Public Health Service officer for Region V, encompassing Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. In January 2009, Dr. Galloway was appointed as the Acting Regional Director for U.S. Health and Human Services for the Region V. Dr. Galloway is also currently an adjunct professor of medicine at the Northwestern College Feinberg School of Medicine. He is also a co-founder and leader in the large collaborative entitled Building a Healthier Chicago, with the American Medical Association and the City of Chicago. Dr. Galloway received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency at the University of Vermont, and is board-certified in both internal medicine and cardiology. Dr. Galloway has published well over 100 articles, abstracts, book chapters and one book. He has received numerous awards, including being named the Outstanding Clinician for the Indian Health Service, the Secretary of Health and Human Services Award for Distinguished Service, and the prestigious Arizona Healthcare and Hospital Association’s 2001 Salsbury Award. In addition, the Physicians Professional Advisory Committee to the U.S. Surgeon General elected Dr. Galloway as the 2005 Clinical Physician of the Year.


Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H.

Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H., has served as the Acting Surgeon General of the United States since October 2007. Dr. Galson also serves as the operational Commander of the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). He recently served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health and managed 12 core public health programs for the Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to his appointment as Action Surgeon General, Dr. Galson served as the director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration. He started his public health service career as an epidemiological investigator at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Galson received his doctorate of medicine from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and is the recipient of numerous public health service awards, including the Robert Brutsche Award from the Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS and the Founders Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S. He is also the recipient of three Secretary of Energy Gold Awards.


Melissa Johnson, M.S.

Melissa Johnson, M.S., was appointed by President George W. Bush as executive director of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and managed the activities, staff and operations of the Washington, D.C.-based Council, an advisory committee to the President and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to serving on the President’s Council, Ms. Johnson served as director of the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (1997-2002), chaired by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ms. Johnson has a Master of Science degree in health/fitness management from American University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA in kinesiology.


Elizabeth Joy, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM

Elizabeth Joy, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM, is a family medicine physician and sports medicine physician at the University of Utah, where she serves as one of the team physicians. She also directs the primary care sports medicine fellowship program and the Utah Sports Research Network. Dr. Joy has served on the board of trustees for the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition to the Exercise is Medicine Advisory Board, Dr. Joy Chairs the Exercise is Medicine Practice Committee and serves on the American Heart Association’s Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Committee, and the health care working group for the National Physical Activity Plan.


NiCole Keith, Ph.D.

NiCole R. Keith, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education at Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis and an Affiliated Research Scientist in the Indiana University Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute. Her research focuses on health disparities in disadvantaged communities and minority populations and currently targets children in the Indianapolis Public Schools and adults in the Wishard Hospital Community Health Clinics. Dr. Keith is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and Chair of its Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity as well as Chair of the Exercise is Medicine Underserved Populations Committee. She earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Howard University, University of Rhode Island, and University of Connecticut respectively.


Sharon Milberger, Sc.D.

Sharon Milberger, Sc.D., is an interim director at Henry Ford Health System's Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She is also an associate professor and full-time affiliate in the department of community medicine at Wayne State University. Dr. Milberger holds a master’s degree in physiology and a doctorate in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She has notable expertise in conducting large-scale epidemiological studies. In addition, Dr. Milberger has directed numerous projects involving persons with and without disabilities from diverse ethnic groups. Since 2004, she has served as the clinical director for health promotion for the Michigan Special Olympics.


Tedd Mitchell, M.D., FACSM

Tedd Mitchell, M.D., FACSM, is the president and chief executive officer of the Cooper Clinic in Dallas. Dr. Mitchell graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science in biology. After earning his medical degree, he completed his internship and residency in internal medicine, and served as the chief medical resident at The University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston, Texas). Dr. Mitchell is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and holds a subspecialty certification in sports medicine. He also holds fellowship status with the American College of Physicians and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He is the contributing health editor and a weekly columnist for USA Weekend. Dr. Mitchell is a former member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and has served on the board of trustees of ACSM.


Russell R. Pate, Ph.D., FACSM

Russell R. Pate, Ph.D., FACSM, earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Springfield College and Master of Science and doctorate degrees from the University of Oregon. In 1974, he joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina where he now serves as associate vice president for health sciences and professor in the department of exercise science in the Arnold School of Public Health. Dr. Pate is an exercise physiologist with interests in physical activity and physical fitness in children and the health implications of physical activity. He coordinated the effort that lead to the development of the recommendation on Physical Activity and Public Health of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He served on the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, an Institute of Medicine panel that developed guidelines on prevention of childhood obesity, and the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. Dr. Pate has served in several leadership positions within ACSM, including president. He is also a past-president of the National Coalition on Promoting Physical Activity. In 1996, Dr. Pate he received the Citation Award from ACSM.


Pamela M. Peeke, M.D., MPH, FACP - Exercise is Medicine spokeswoman

Pamela M. Peeke, M.D., MPH, serves as the spokeswoman for Exercise is Medicine and as the Capital Hill legislative representative for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), actively participating in the incorporation of ACSM initiatives into the health care reform agenda. Dr. Peeke is an internist, Pew Scholar in nutrition and metabolism, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Chair of the Exercise is Medicine Media Committee. She is a member of the Maryland Governor’s Council on Fitness. Dr. Peeke is a New York Times bestselling author in healthy lifestyle, and is the chief medical correspondent for nutrition and fitness for Discovery Health TV. She hosts Discovery’s award winning National Body Challenge, and Fit to Live series. Dr. Peeke is a contributing editor to numerous consumer publications including Prevention, Fitness, and O magazine, and is a regular health and medical commentator to national network media including CNN, Fox and NBC. Dr. Peeke is featured as one of America’s leading women physicians by the National Institutes of Health Changing Face of Medicine exhibit at the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Peeke has partnered with WebMD to provide her Everyday Fitness with Dr. Pam Peeke online multimedia healthy living campaign.


James A. Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM

James A. Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM, is the publisher of Healthy Learning, a Monterey, Calif.-based book and DVD publishing company. Dr. Peterson previously served as the director of sports medicine for StairMaster Sports/Medical Products, Inc. for six years. He is the author of more than 80 books on a variety of sports medicine and sports-related topics. Dr. Peterson also served as a faculty member at the United States Military Academy at West Point for almost 20 years. Dr. Peterson was honored in 2007 with the American College of Sports Medicine Citation Award.


Edward M. Phillips, M.D.

Edward M. Phillips, M.D., is an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and director of outpatient medical services of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network in Boston.  Dr. Phillips serves as the Chair of the Exercise is Medicine Education Committee.  Dr. Phillips’s clinical and academic work at the intersection of exercise physiology and mental health has spawned his interest in lifestyle medicine. He is founder and director of The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He co-authored “ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine™ A Clinician’s Guide to Exercise Prescription.” Dr. Phillips was awarded the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Community Leadership Award in 2009.


Michael Pratt, M.D., FACSM

Michael Pratt, M.D., FACSM, currently serves as the chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), co-leader CDC’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Physical Activity and Health, and founder and director of the CDC-International Union for Health Promotion and Education Course on Physical Activity and Public Health. In addition, Dr. Pratt is an adjunct professor at the Emory University, University of Texas-Austin, and San Diego State University Schools of Public Health. He completed a master’s degree in exercise physiology and his medical degree at the University of Washington in Seattle, and medical residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and CDC, and earned a master’s degree in public health at the University of Minnesota. He is board certified in general preventive medicine and public health, in addition to holding fellowship status with the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Pratt's research interests include increasing global public health capacity for chronic disease prevention, environmental and policy approaches to increasing participation in physical activity, the costs of inactivity and cost effectiveness of physical activity interventions, physical activity epidemiology, and physical activity counseling by health professionals. He has published more than 90 scientific articles and spoken widely on the health aspects of physical activity.


Angela D. Smith, M.D., FACSM

Angela D. Smith, M.D., FACSM, is an orthopaedic surgeon at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and its sports Medicine and performance center, Dr. Smith is a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine, and currently chairs the education commission of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS), coordinating and teaching courses for health professionals worldwide. Her interests focus on injury prevention and rehabilitation, particularly for young athletes and women pursuing sport or fitness activity. She also works with landscape architects and their students to develop designs for the built environment that lead to increased physical activity. Through her clinical practice and educational efforts, she aims to improve each person’s physical fitness, health, performance and self-esteem. She pursues her life-long passion for figure skating as a masters-level competitor and performer.


Paul D. Thompson, M.D., FACSM

Paul D. Thompson, M.D., FACSM, is the chief of cardiology and director of the preventive cardiology program and cardiovascular research at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., and professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut in Farmington. Dr. Thompson received a medical degree from Tufts Medical School in Boston. Dr. Thompson has been an author of more than 140 scientific articles on topics including the effects of exercise training on preventing and treating heart disease, the risk of sudden death during exercise, and the effects of exercise on lipid metabolism. He is also an associate editor of the “Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine” and the editor of the book, “Exercise and Sports Cardiology.” Dr. Thompson is a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine and co-Chair of the Exercise is Medicine Science Committee.


Carena S. Winters, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Carena S. Winters, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a faculty member in the department of exercise rehabilitative sciences at Slippery Rock University. Prior to moving to Slippery Rock in fall 2009, she was an assistant professor and exercise science program coordinator in the science department at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA., where she also served as the director of the student wellness Initiative. Dr. Winters hosted the launch of Exercise is Medicine On Campus at Chatham with the support of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in May 2009, and is excited to promote and expand the Exercise is Medicine campus initiative at Slippery Rock University. Dr. Winters earned a doctorate in exercise physiology and an Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh. She received the 2009 Early Career Award from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, and is an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist®. Areas of research interest include obesity, substrate metabolism, and physical activity in the prevention and management of chronic disease.



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