Lifestyle Medicine for our Active Duty Military and Veterans

Koushik Reddy, MD, DipABLM | Edward Phillips, MD, DipABLM | Regan A Stiegmann, DO, MPH, DipABLM (Captain, USAF, MC)

August 29, 2019

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Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes are the leading contributors to death, disability, and health care costs in the United States. Our active duty military service, potential recruits and veterans are not immune to the health problems that affect the rest of the US population, and the impact is substantial. In this webinar, we will highlight how lifestyle medicine is being implemented to address the root cause of chronic disease and improve the health and lives of our active duty military service members and veterans within the VA, DoD and armed forces throughout the country.

Learning Objectives:

1. Increase awareness of the VA’s Whole Health Program and lifestyle medicine efforts being undertaken by the DoD and Armed Forces.
2. Review how certain VA locations have established shared medical appointment clinics in collaboration with Whole Health and other specialities.
3. Discuss lifestyle medicine education and certification opportunities at an individual and organizational level.

Speakers Bios:

Koushik Reddy, MD, DipABLM
Director of Interventional Cardiology @James A Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, FL

Dr. Reddy is the director of interventional cardiology at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center. He completed his cardiology and interventional cardiology training from Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, NY in 2007. He is board certified in general cardiology, interventional cardiology, and lifestyle medicine. For the past 12 years, Dr. Reddy has worked at the VA hospital in Tampa, FL and has been affiliated with the University of South Florida. He served as the assistant program director for general cardiology fellowship and has won many teaching awards. Five years ago, he changed his focus towards preventive cardiology and has been promoting lifestyle medicine and whole foods plant-based diets to prevent, treat and reverse chronic diseases. He is the founding Co-Chair of ACLM’s VHA and Armed Forces Working Group. In addition, he is a member of American College of Cardiology’s Working Group on Lifestyle and Nutrition.

Edward Phillips, MD, DipABLM
Whole Health Medical Director @VA Boston Healthcare System

Edward M. Phillips, MD, is Assistant 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. Phillips joined the VA in 2015 and in 2019 was named Whole Health Medical Director at VA Boston Healthcare System. He is co-founder and co-director of the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative “LMEd” which is working to incorporate nutrition, exercise, self-care and behavior change into US medical school curricula. In his role as VA National Whole Health Education Champion for Professional Trainees he is working to integrate Whole Health education into the training of 122,000 students and health professional trainees across the US. He is site-PI for the Health Resources Services Administration Preventive Medicine Training Grants (2010-2023) educating Yale Preventive Medicine residents in Lifestyle Medicine. Phillips has published >75 scientific publications.

Regan A Stiegmann, DO, MPH, DipABLM (Captain, USAF, MC)
Flight Surgeon, USAF @United States Air Force Academy - Colorado Springs, CO

Dr. Regan "The Stig" Stiegmann is a new breed of Flight Surgeon who focuses on Human Performance Optimization via Lifestyle Medicine. She passionately works with her patients to reverse chronic disease while promoting health maintenance as opposed to conventional disease management. Since 2017, she has worked at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs where she has successfully stood up one of the Air Force's first Lifestyle and Performance Medicine consultation services within her Operational Medicine Flight. She completed her Preventive Medicine residency training at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD in 2017. For the last decade, Dr. Stiegmann has proudly served in many leadership roles in a variety of nationally and internationally recognized medical platforms, medical colleges, universities, and health care mediums. Follow her Lifestyle and Performance Medicine successes and adventures on Instagram at @Dr.Stieg.