Dr. Michelle McMacken Named Executive Director of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine

Michelle McMacken, MD, Facp, Dipablm appointed executive director of nutrition and lifestyle medicine for NYC Health + Hospitals

Dr. McMacken will lead system-wide efforts to improve nutrition and lifestyle education for patients and healthcare professionals, and advance access to nutritious foods and home-based meals. plants for patients.

New York, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced the appointment of Michelle McMacken, MD, FACP, DipABLM as Executive Director of Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine for the system. In this newly created role, Dr. McMacken will lead system-wide efforts to advance nutrition and lifestyle education for patients and healthcare professionals, and increase patient access to nutritious foods and plant-based meals. She will also help expand dedicated lifestyle medicine services to support positive behavioral changes, such as improved diet, physical activity, sleep, stress reduction, avoidance of risky substances and social connections to reduce risk of chronic disease.

This work will build on Dr. McMacken’s work with the Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program launched in 2019 at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue with advocacy from the Brooklyn Borough President and our new Mayor , Eric Adams. Dr. McMacken will continue to practice at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Adult Primary Care Center.

“Dr. McMacken is a trailblazer who knows how to get things done. She knows the power of lifestyle medicine to reverse chronic disease, transform lives, and address health inequities that have persisted for generations. I am proud of the innovative work she has done at Bellevue, and it is truly exciting to see her expand her mission to all of our NYC Health + Hospitals locations in this new role,” said Mayor Eric Adams.

“Healthy lifestyle habits, especially nutrition, can significantly reduce cardiovascular, metabolic, cancer and other health risks. The science is clear and I have seen the benefits first hand in my own practice,” said Dr McMacken. “My mission is to support our patients in adopting the healthiest lifestyle possible, especially those who are most vulnerable and who face the greatest obstacles.

“Dr. McMacken’s new appointment marks the next step in the evolution of our public health care system, placing nutrition and lifestyle medicine at the heart of how we deliver health care,” said Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Care and Population Health at NYC Health + Hospitals Ted Long, MD. “As a primary care physician myself, I know well the critical impact that a healthy lifestyle has on your overall health. I am incredibly excited to work with Dr. McMacken to bring this new focus on lifestyle medicine to New Yorkers in our city, bar none.

Dr. McMacken joined NYC Health + Hospitals in 2004 and currently practices at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue Adult Primary Care Center. She has also led the hospital’s adult weight management program since 2005.

In 2019, with the support of Brooklyn Borough President and our new Mayor, Eric Adams, she developed and launched Bellevue’s innovative herbal lifestyle medicine program, the first of its kind in a health care framework with safety net. The program takes an interdisciplinary approach to reduce patients’ cardiometabolic risk through intensive lifestyle changes, including healthy plant-based diets, physical activity, better sleep habits, stress reduction, avoidance risky substances and social support. The program received national attention and high demand for services, including self-referrals from more than 850 New York residents.

An Associate Professor of Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Dr. McMacken has received the faculty’s “Teacher of the Year” award three times for her work with medical trainees, and a 2014 NYU Merrin Fellowship to study evidence-based nutrition and developing a curriculum for his colleagues in the Faculty of Internal Medicine.

Dr. McMacken received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. McMacken is a seasoned public speaker, has published on nutrition and lifestyle medicine in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and served on the board of trustees of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She is board certified in internal medicine and lifestyle medicine.

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