Board of Directors

Labros S. Sidossis, PhD, FTOS, FAHA, FNAK

Distinguished Professor; Department of Kinesiology and Health
Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

Labros’ research and teaching has focused on the role of lifestyle factors (mainly nutrition and physical activity) in the prevention and treatment of major cardiometabolic diseases, including obesity, insulin resistance and dyslipidemias. His work have been funded by the National Institutes of Health (USA), the American Diabetes Association, the Shriners Hospitals for Children, the European Commission, and the industry. He has published 200+ papers in peer-reviewed journals (h­-index: 60; i10-index: 161).

Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos

Vice President
BSc(Hons) Grad Dip Diet MPH PhD APD
Executive Dean, Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Health and Biomedical Sciences, RMIT University, Australia.

Senior academic executive and a recognised leader in Dietetics and Human Nutrition with international standing in Mediterranean diet research. Her research expertise focuses on the therapeutic potential of a traditional Mediterranean diet on prevention and management of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, fatty liver, depression, dementia and childhood asthma. Catherine is widely published having authored more than 100 peer reviewed papers with over 4400 citations and has published three books on the Mediterranean Diet which are used across Australia in clinic trials.

Dr Rob Lawson, FRCGP, Dip IBLM/BSLM

Vice President
Chair; British Society of Lifestyle Medicine
President; European Lifestyle Medicine Council

Having qualified in Medicine in 1975, Rob has gained extensive experience as a GP (Family Doctor) in Scotland. His principal interests have been primary and secondary prevention of disease and the specialty of Lifestyle Medicine. He has recently retired from clinical practice to concentrate on the applications of Lifestyle Medicine to healthcare. In 2016 he co-founded the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine, a registered charity, to promote the principles of Lifestyle Medicine to healthcare professionals and the public.
He is an international editorial board member for the Lifestyle Medicine Journal.


Vice President
GP Special Interest/Senior Medical Officer; Mental Health Services, Queensland Health
Academic Lead/Senior Lecturer; Master of Lifestyle Medicine,
James Cook University College of Medicine and Dentistry
Vice President; Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine Limited

Dr Sam Manger is a General Practitioner in clinical practice, Senior Lecturer and Academic Lead for the postgraduate suite (Master, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate) in Lifestyle Medicine, James Cook University College of Medicine and Dentistry and GP Training, Ambassador for Equally Well Australia, Vice President of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM) and host of The GP Show podcast In 2021 he was awarded RACGP General Practitioner of the Year, QLD, for his commitment to the field of medicine and general practice.

Stefania Ubaldi, MD, PhD

Vice President
Specialty in Internal Medicine; Specialty in Psychotherapy (ongoing)
Co-founder and Past President of the European Lifestyle Medicine Organization (ELMO) 
Founder and President of the Swiss Society of Lifestyle Medicine (SSLM)
Founder and Director of the Medinvita Clinic

Dr Ubaldi clinical practice focuses on treating modifiable lifestyle factors for the prevention and treatment of major metabolic and chronic diseases, including atherosclerosis, dyslipidemias, obesity, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and some types of cancer. She promotes what she calls an “anti-inflammatory lifestyle” based on an anti-inflammatory diet and behavior. She is also a pioneer in her clinical practice in promoting a healthy environment providing concrete tools for the diagnosis of indoor pollution and heavy metals toxicity and solutions to reduce the exposure to harmful chemicals. With the help of all these analysis, check-ups and genetic and nutrigenetics tests, she creates personalized lifestyle therapeutic programs for her patients at the MedinVita Clinic, the first Lifestyle Medicine Clinic in Switzerland.

Michael Georgoulis, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher; Harokopio University, Athens, Greece

Michael Georgoulis is a dietitian-nutritionist with experience in nutritional assessment and evidence-based clinical nutrition, including dietary counselling and nutritional therapy for individuals and groups. He holds a PhD in clinical nutrition (dietary/lifestyle management of sleep-related breathing disorders) and his research interest focuses on the association between dietary habits and risk of chronic disease, as well as the utility of dietary/lifestyle interventions for chronic disease management, with emphasis on the Mediterranean diet and its effects on the metabolic syndrome and associated cardiometabolic disorders.

Prof Demosthenes Panagiotakos, DrMed, FRSPH, FACE

Director of Research
Professor of Biostatistics-Epidemiology; Harokopio University – Athens
Member; Scientific Committee on Health – European Commission

Demosthenes Panagiotakos, is Professor in Biostatistics-Epidemiology at Harokopio University in Athens, and Member of the Scientific Committee on Health of the European Commission (2016-2026). He has served as Deputy Rector of Finance, Research and Development at Harokopio University, Dean of the School of Health Sciences & Education, Chair of the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics and Director of the Graduate Program. He has supervised 17 large–scale, epidemiological studies in NCD epidemiology, medical research methodology, and public health. He has published 4 books, 850+ scientific papers with 38.000+ citations (h-index:78). He is research evaluator for National and International Organizations (European Commission, EASME, EIC, JCR, etc). He has invited to give more than 250 lectures in 17 countries around the world. He is a Member of the National Nutrition Policy Committee. In October 2019 he has appointed Vice President and Member of the BoD of the National Public Health Organization (CDC).