Ethos Farm Days

August 17, 2019


Saray Stancic 


August 17th featured, world-renowned Dr. Saray Stancic producer of the film Code Blue. Dr. Stancic's keynote presentation was entitled Lifestyle Medicine: The common sense solution to the chronic disease epidemic. During her presentation Dr. Stancic described her experience as a patient living with multiple sclerosis over more than 20 years that has irrevocably changed her approach as a practicing physician to one that is focused on the Lifestyle medicine; empowering and educating patients on the importance of behavior modification to prevent, better manage, and reverse chronic disease. She will present the evidence that supports this much needed shift in the culture of clinical medicine from disease management to health promotion and prevention. Finally, offering a solution with the ushering in of a new medical education model for physicians in training.  

Saray Stancic, M.D. is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Lifestyle Medicine. She graduated from New Jersey Medical School in 1993 and after completing her fellowship, accepted the position as Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Hudson Valley VA in New York. In later years, she served as Translational Medical Leader at Roche Pharmaceuticals where she led clinical trials in the field of viral hepatitis while continuing to practice Infectious Diseases at the Bronx VA in NYC. In 2012, she left the work in Infectious Diseases to fully dedicate her time to the field of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Stancic's interest in Lifestyle Medicine is rooted in her personal story as a patient living with multiple sclerosis. She is the founder of one of the first Lifestyle Medicine practices in the country, and mentors the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. In 2018, she was appointed Chief Medical Officer for WellStart Health, a digital, team-based intensive lifestyle medicine program. She is the Executive Producer of the documentary film, Code Blue: redefining the practice of medicine. Dr. Stancic seeks to spread the power of Lifestyle Medicine on a global scale, and bring needed change to how we train physicians.  

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