Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute

RLMI is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.

Our Mission is to establish Lifestyle Medicine, especially the adoption of Whole-Food Plant-Based nutrition, as the foundation for health and the healthcare system.

We envision a world where Lifestyle Medicine is the standard of care within the healthcare system, and where people are empowered to make lifestyle behavior changes based on the tenets of Lifestyle Medicine.

Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Board of Directors

Ted D. Barnett, MD, FACLM
Board Chair
RLMI Founding President
Learn more about Dr. Barnett here.

Susan Friedman, MD, MPH
Board Vice-Chair
RLMI Director of Clinical Studies
Learn more about Dr. Friedman here.

Carol H. Barnett, PhD, JD
Board Secretary/Treasurer

International Scientific Advisory Board

Neal Barnard, MD

Founding President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine


Brenda Davis, RD

Best-selling author, Lead Nutritionist, Diabetes Wellness Research Project, Marshall Islands


Caldwell Esselstyn, MD

Director, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Reversal Program, Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute


Michael Greger, MD

Best-selling author of How Not to Diet and How Not to Diet Cookbook



Micaela Karlsen, PhD, MSPH

Director, Lifestyle Medicine Economic Research Consortium, American College of Lifestyle Medicine


Michael Klaper, MD

Graduate Medical Education Consultant 


Darren Morton, PhD

Creator of The Lift Project 


Jeff Novick, MS, RDN

Director of Nutrition: The McDougall Program and The Pritikin Longevity Center

Advisory Board

Simone Bailey-Brown, MD 

Dilip Barman, MS, ScM

Jill Brooks, RN, DC 

Jane Dorsey, MSN 

Kerry Graff, MD 

Rosalind Hayes, MD 

Brian Justice, DC 

Cheryl Kelley, DMD 

Stefenie King, MD 

Scott E. Liebman, MD 

Russell Maggio, MD 

Steve Melcher 

Rebeca Monk, MD 

Robert Paine 

Thomas Roberts, MD 

Sandra Sarnoski-Roberts, MD

Joan Vezelis

Cathleen Wells