ILM Leadership


Edward M. Phillips, MD, ILM Founder & Director

Dr. Phillips is Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services at the Boston VA Healthcare System. Phillips founded and directs the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (ILM) in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School,

Phillips is a Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) and serves on the Executive Council that developed and leads the Exercise is Medicine™ global initiative. He is co-author of ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine™, A Clinician’s Guide to Exercise Prescription (Wolters-Kluwer, 2009) and is chair of the Exercise is Medicine Education Committee. Additionally, Phillips is co-founder and co-director of the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative (LMEd) which is working to include lifestyle medicine in medical school curricula.

Phillips is an active clinician and researcher who speaks and consults nationally guiding a broad based effort to reduce lifestyle-related death, disease, and costs through clinician directed interventions with patients. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition has recognized both Dr. Phillips and the ILM with its Community Leadership Award. He appears on national media including Good Morning America, ESPN radio, and in Time Magazine.



Elizabeth Pegg Frates, MD, ILM Director of Medical Student Education

Beth Frates, MD, is trained as a physiatrist and is a health and wellness coach. Her expertise is in the area of lifestyle medicine and she works to empower patients to reach their optimal level of wellness by adopting healthy habits.

Elected to the Board of Directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) in 2016, Dr. Frates is a leader in shaping the scope of this new specialty. She is an award-winning teacher at Harvard Medical School and developed and taught a college lifestyle medicine curriculum at the Harvard Extension School, one of the most popular courses offered at the school. As the Director of Wellness Programming at the Stroke Institute for Research and Recovery at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Dr. Frates created and implemented a twelve-month wellness program for stroke survivors and their caregivers.

In addition to her other work, Dr. Frates is the co-author of Life After Stroke: The Guide to Recovering your Health and Preventing Another Stroke (Johns Hopkins Press, 2006) and co-author of a number of individual chapters on behavior change in medical textbooks. She has written and published journal articles on lifestyle medicine topics including exercise prescription, connection prescription, lifestyle medicine case series, and the value of walking meetings for sustained weight loss. The lifestyle medicine syllabus Dr. Frates developed for a course at Harvard Extension School is available to undergraduate, master, and other professional students interested in health and wellness. The syllabus can be downloaded through the ACLM website with the hope that her work can serve as a template for other instructors and professors who want to teach courses in lifestyle medicine. For nine years, Dr. Frates has served as the faculty advisor for the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group (LMIG) at Harvard Medical School, and she works with Professionals In Training (PiT) at ACLM to help create more LMIG’s in medical schools and other healthcare professional training schools.

Dr. Frates is passionate about developing programs focused on lifestyle medicine and wellness. Connect with her on Twitter: @BethFratesMD