Advisory Board

David Babcock, SP Consulting
David Babcock is a Managing Senior Partner at SP Consulting who brings over 25 years of experience as a healthcare and business executive in successfully achieving profitable growth and sustainable development for a range of healthcare organizations and private practices. Based on a growing trend observed through his work, Mr. Babcock founded The Ambio Group in 1999 with the purpose of meeting the inter-connected needs of both healthcare organizations and physicians. Over the last 13 years, The Ambio Group has built a solid track record of successfully strengthening relationships between institutions and providers, as well as working with each to identify new approaches that create organizational efficiencies and meet marketplace demands. Clients include academic teaching hospitals, individual community-based hospitals and large multihospital health systems, such as Advocate Health Care, the largest hospital system in Chicago-land.

The Ambio Group also advises physicians on all aspects of private practice operations with knowledge of medical specialties spanning from primary care to sub-specialty to surgical to integrative physician practices. Among other entrepreneurial business ventures, Mr. Babcock has developed numerous healthcare-focused businesses, and led the creation of one of the first physician/hospital MSO cooperatives and the first PHO in the western suburbs of Chicago. David received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, Business and Hospital Administration at Andrews University.

Ken Beckman, ACAS, ASA, MAAA, CFA, Central States Indemnity
Ken Beckman is Vice President and Actuary at Central States Indemnity in Omaha, Nebraska. He has over 20 years of actuarial and insurance industry experience, primarily in health insurance pricing and valuation. He has authored articles on a variety of topics for actuarial publications and has presented at actuarial conferences the concept of health care payers providing financial incentives encouraging the use of lifestyle medicine to reverse chronic disease.

He earned a B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA), an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS) and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). He is also a CFA charterholder.

Susan Benigas, Executive Director, American College of Lifestyle Medicine
As the executive director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), Susan Benigas is helping to lead the effort to transform health and redefine healthcare, not only in the United States, but around the world through the Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance. She also serves on the board of directors for the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine, the True Health Initiative and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.

Susan’s work has spanned the gamut, from running political campaigns to serving in executive, senior management and consultant roles for organizations ranging from professional sports and media to healthcare technology and worksite health promotion. It was while president of a worksite wellness company that she was introduced to T. Colin Campbell, PhD and The China Study, with this serving as the catalyst for her paradigm-shift, leading to her life’s calling. Prior to joining ACLM, she founded the not-for-profit The Plantrician Project, for which she serves as a members of the board of directors, and co-founded the CME accredited International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, showcasing the efficacy of whole food, plant-based nutrition for disease prevention, treatment and reversal.

Susan’s experience and successful track record in the areas of organizational leadership, project management, strategic marketing, public relations, development, and Internet-based solutions design have helped fuel the success of many organizations and endeavors. Bringing vision to life is what she does best.

Thomas Campell, MD, University of Rochester Medical Center
Thomas M. Campbell II, MD is the medical director of the Highland Weight Management and Lifestyle Center at the University of Rochester. He heads a clinical practice where he works with individuals and groups to lose weight and prevent and treat illness through diet and lifestyle, and he also helps to run a research program to better understand the effects of nutrition on diagnosed diseases. A board certified family physician, Dr. Campbell is also medical director of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, a leading provider, in partnership with eCornell, of online education in plant-based nutrition. A graduate of Cornell University, Thomas is author of The China Study Solution (The Campbell Plan in hardcover) and co-author, with his father T. Colin Campbell, PhD, of The China Study, a worldwide bestseller.

Dr. Campbell got his medical degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and completed residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Rochester, Highland Hospital. He has published in the Permanente Journal, Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, the Israel Medical Association Journal and in CME publications Primary Care Reports and Integrative Medicine Alert. He has completed multiple marathons.

David S. Drozek, DO, FACLM, Ohio University
Dr. David Drozek trained and practiced as a general surgeon for many years before his introduction to Lifestyle Medicine as a patient. Having personally experienced reversal of chronic lifestyle related disease, he transitioned into Lifestyle Medicine as a specialty. He teaches and is involved in research at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio, and has a small Lifestyle Medicine practice which serves as a teaching and research venue. His research is focused on the teaching and delivery of Lifestyle Medicine, especially for people with a lower socioeconomic status.

Eric Finkelstein, PhD, Duke Global Health Institute
Dr. Finkelstein is Professor of Health Services and Systems Research at the Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore and the Executive Director of the Lien Centre for Palliative Care. He also holds appointments at NUS School of Public Health and Duke University Global Health Institute. His research focuses on the economic causes and consequences of health behaviors, with a primary emphasis on the use of traditional and behavioral economic incentives to influence behaviors in ways to improve the public’s health. Recent research also focuses on studies to better understand the complicated decisions that revolve around end of life care. He has published over 180 manuscripts and 2 books in these areas, and also successfully commercialized an Obesity Cost Calculator for employers and insurers. Based on google scholar, he has an h-index of 56 and his publications have been cited over 30,000 times, including in the landmark Supreme Court decision upholding the U.S. Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). He was included in the list of the World’s Most Highly Cited Researchers in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Thomson Reuters and Clarivate Analytics.

Lance Farmer, Cummins Inc.
Over the past 25 years Lance has performed data analysis in a variety of business areas such as Sales, Manufacturing, Human Resources and now Healthcare. His degree is in Mathematics from Brigham Young University where he played football for 4 years. He also earned a minor in Korean language having served a mission in South Korea for 2 years. Mr. Farmer has certifications as a Six Sigma Black Belt, Global Professional in Human Resources and most recently received the Critical Outcomes Report Analysis certification where I attained the highest score ever recorded on the exam. Currently is helping Cummins Inc launch a Patient-Centered Medical Home where he created an incentive plan for primary care physicians that pays providers for health improvements beyond normal variation. In his spare time, he is a certified Nuisance Wild Animal Control Officer, an adjunct professor of Mathematics at Morgan Community College, Boy Scout leader and a professional resume writer. He lives in Colorado with his wife and enjoys the outdoor life. He also provides consulting services through Farmer Consulting LLC.

David M. Ferriss, MD, MPH, FACLM, FACPM, Chief Medical Officer, Lifestyle Medicine Institute, LLC
David Ferriss joined Lifestyle Medicine Institute, LLC in October of 2017 where he serves as Chief Medical Officer. In his role at LMI, he is responsible for the overall clinical integrity of all lifestyle medicine product offerings, including the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) and supports the LMI sales team. Dr. Ferriss has over thirty years of experience as a practicing physician and medical executive with extensive experience in multiple aspects of population health. His career includes a nineteen-year tenure with Cigna HealthCare, where he held various senior medical executive positions.

While at Cigna in the role of Medical Officer for Clinical Program Development, he implemented and facilitated three CHIP programs involving 200 participants. Dr. Ferriss received his medical degree from Tulane University Medical School and completed residency training in family medicine at the University of Mississippi.Medical Center, preventive medicine training (MPH) at UCLA, and health service research training at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He is board-certified in preventive medicine and is a Fellow of both the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the American College of Preventive Medicine. He has served two terms as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and is a founding board member of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM).

Susan Friedman, MD, MPH University of Rochester Medical Center
Dr. Friedman received her BSM, MD, and MPH degrees from Northwestern University in Chicago. She completed her residency in General Internal Medicine at Hopkins Bayview in Baltimore, before doing a 3-year Geriatrics fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. After 5 years on faculty at Johns Hopkins, based at Hopkins Bayview, she moved to the University of Rochester in 2000. Her research interests are in health services and outcomes research, and include models of long-term care, falls and fractures in older adults, comorbidity, and healthy aging.

Ron Goetzel, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Ron Goetzel wears two hats. He is Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research for IBM Watson Health. The mission of the IHPS is to bridge the gap between academia, the business community, and the healthcare policy world – bringing academic resources into policy debates and day-to-day business decisions, and bringing health and productivity management issues into academia. Before moving to Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Goetzel was on the faculty at Emory and Cornell Universities. Dr. Goetzel is responsible for leading innovative projects for healthcare purchaser, managed care, government, and pharmaceutical clients interested in conducting cutting-edge research focused on the relationship between health and well-being, medical costs, and work-related productivity. He is an internationally recognized and widely published expert in health and productivity management (HPM), return-on-investment (ROI), program evaluation, and outcomes research. Dr. Goetzel has published well over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and frequently presents at international business and scientific forums.

James Shallow, ASA, MAAA, MBA, UnitedHealthcare
James (Jamie) is a Director, Actuarial Services for UnitedHealthcare’s Employer & Individual line of business in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he is also active in implementing the company’s cultural values, and has been championing various wellness and innovation projects for almost 20 years.  Jamie has over 28 years of actuarial experience in various lines, including annuities, life insurance, and health care, and also carries various licenses in the financial service industry (Series 6, 63, and 65).  He is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and earned his Associateship in the Society of Actuaries in 1993 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 1990.  He obtained an MBA degree from the University of Wisconsin – MBA Consortium in 2011, and from 2013 to 2016 served on the SOA’s Leadership and Development section council.  He also has contributed recent leadership articles to the L&D section publication – The Stepping Stone.

Dextur Shurney, MD, MBA, MPH, Zipongo
Dr. Dexter Shurney 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 Senior Vice 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 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 the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Jere Stocks, MBA, Lifestyle Medicine Institute
Mr. Stocks has built an expansive career as a healthcare executive over the last 30 years overseeing healthcare institutions, major projects, and strategic initiatives aimed at improving all aspects of healthcare delivery. Most recently, as president of Washington Adventist Hospital – part of a 75 hospital network in the United States – Mr. Stocks spearheaded the launch of Next Century Health; a forward-looking platform that identifies, encourages, and implements innovative solutions that improve the health of people and communities nationwide. A key component of the NCH initiative included planning and guiding the $500 million vision and strategy to relocate the 288-bed, one hundred-year old hospital in order to modernize, expand and improve care to residents in Montgomery County and Prince Georges County Maryland. In addition, Mr. Stocks engineered and established a strategic relationship between Adventist HealthCare and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that is focused on research and working with FDA professionals to enhance their connections to “real-life” inpatient and outpatient care delivery environments. Mr. Stocks worked as the Director of Strategic Planning for Lakeland Regional Health System in St. Joseph, Michigan where he participated in developing strategies and tactics that successfully recruited 100 new physicians to the region helping to expand system revenues from $65 million to $225 million in three years. Mr. Stocks received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Andrews University and a Masters of Business Administration from Loyola University in Chicago.

Scott Stoll, MD, Plantrician Project
Dr. Stoll co-founded the International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference after recognizing the urgent need to educate and motivate healthcare professionals to use whole, plant-based foods as a foundation for healing and disease prevention. As a former member of Whole Foods Market Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, he is the author of numerous scientific articles and Alive! The Physicians Biblical and Scientific Guide to Nutrition, and is an international speaker with a vision and passion to educate and inspire people and leaders to reclaim their health, and thus their lives, through nutrition and lifestyle.

Specializing in regenerative medicine, Dr. Stoll researches and utilizes natural treatments such as diet, regenerative injections and lifestyle to aid the body in healing chronic disease and injuries. Scott is the team physician at Lehigh University and serves as department chairman of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Coordinated Health.

Chuck Weller, Esq, Patient Value, LLC
Chuck Weller recently is a co-founder of Patient Value, LLC with Dr. Esselstyn and Peter Osenar focusing on reversing and stabilizing heart and other appropriate chronic diseases that account for most health costs and suffering, and on long term payers like the 110 million covered by employer and union self-insured plans. See Enthoven, Mueller & Weller, “Health Care’s Fundamental Flaw, and the Recurring Payments for Outcomes Solution,” Health Affairs Blog (March 13, 2018),10.1377/HBLOG20180307.361099. Before that, Mr. Weller was a lawyer for 40+ years representing General Motors, Wal-Mart and others in health benefit law and antirust in private law firms (Jones Day; Baker & Hostetler) and the Antitrust Division of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Mr. Weller received a B.A. from Yale University in Mathematics in 1966, and a J. D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1973. His publications include, with Dr. Floyd Loop, retired CEO Cleveland Clinic, “A Practical Solution for Rewarding Efficient Providers,” Health Affairs Blog (Dec. 23, 2009), assisted Michael Porter write Redefining HealthCare (2006), “The Self-Insured Two-Step Solution to Health Care Reform” (2017 paper), & “Free Choice as a Restraint of Trade in American Health Care Delivery and Insurance,” 69 Iowa L. Rev. 1351 (1984)(Stanford’s Alain Enthoven wrote: “I felt as if I was discovering Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony,” “a searchlight that illuminates 50 years of history of the health care economy.”