Dr. Ma received his medical degree with honors from the Shandong University, School
of Medicine, Jinan, China and completed his residency and gastroenterology fellowship at Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMC), Beijing, China. Following this, he received his Ph.D. research training from Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Dr. Ma joined Baylor College of Medicine in 2000. After SARS pandemic in 2003, Dr. Ma led to establish the first Baylor-China collaborative research center in China, the Katharine Hsu International Research Center for Human Infectious Disease, to improve US-China collaboration in global health through research, education, and patient care. Dr. Ma’s global health research is funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Dr. Ma has been passionate about Lifestyle Medicine and chronic disease prevention and reversal. He became a board-certified lifestyle medicine specialist by ACLM/ASLM/CSLM/IBLM in 2018. As a founding member and representative of Chinese Society of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Ma and his team thrive to promote and practice lifestyle medicine in China, where the disease burden related to unhealthy lifestyle has been significantly worsening in the last four decades. In 2018, Dr. Ma was invited to a recently-initiated master project, the Jinan International Medical Center (35 sqkm), Jinan, China and in charge of planning and international collaboration. The JMC Institute of Lifestyle Medicine has been established and integrated into the medical center, which is the very first lifestyle medicine program in Mainland, China.
Lifestyle Medicine, the pathway to National Health Project 2030 of China
Understand the emerging challenge of chronic disease burden in China.
Clarify the important role of lifestyle medicine for China to control chronic disease prevalence.
China has the world largest population. In the last four decades, a westernized lifestyle of Chinese people has caused unprecedented prevalence of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and metabolic syndrome. The goal of National Health Project 2030 is to control and reverse the rapidly increased chronic disease burden in the country. Lifestyle medicine, an evidence-based and proven solution for chronic disease prevention and reversal, will be the most important solution of the national health project in China.
Titles and Affiliations:
Director, Houston Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Houston, TX
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine
Founding Director, JMC Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Jinan, China
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, Shandong University, Jinan, China
Founding Director, Katharine Hsu International Research Center of Human Infectious Disease, Shandong Provincial Chest Hospital, Shandong University, Jinan, China