Global Leadership Award

The EIM Global Leadership Award recognizes those individuals who have shown outstanding leadership, dedication and passion in the service of Exercise is Medicine®.  Award winners include clinicians, exercise scientists and other ACSM professional members who have helped advance EIM’s vision to promote the systemic integration of physical activity within clinical care and connect patients/providers with evidence-based physical activity resources. This award is given annually at the EIM World Congress/American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. 

Below are the individuals who have been recognized since 2017. 


Elizabeth A. Joy, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM, FAMSSM    
Dr. Joy is the Senior Medical Director for Wellness and Nutrition at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, UT. Dr. Joy practices Family Medicine and Sports Medicine at the Salt Lake LiVe Well Center. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah School of Medicine in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, and in the College of Health Department of Nutrition & Integrative Physiology. Dr. Joy is the Past President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the Female Athlete Triad Coalition. She serves on the Exercise Is Medicine Governance Board for the ACSM, chairs the EIM Clinical Practice Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance. Her research interests lie in the areas of diabetes prevention, physical activity promotion, and the Female Athlete Triad.  

Dr. Joy has been an inspirational thought leader and tireless champion for EIM.  Early on, she integrated EIM and the physical activity vital sign (PAVS) into Intermountain Health.  She is engaged in research on a pediatric PAVS and is currently evaluating the financial impact of physical inactivity on the Intermountain health system.  She is a sought-after speaker and consultant re: EIM.  Her list of EIM-related publications and presentations is long.  Dr. Joy leads monthly Walk with a Doc walks and is on the board of Playworks, an organization dedicated to encouraging an active and positive play environment for children during recess.  She also practices what she preaches being committed to staying physically fit, participating in LiVe Well and Intermountain Healthcare activities and being found at her walking treadmill desk.

Sandra Mahecha, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Mahecha is the Head of the Academic Unit and the Program Director of Physical Activity Promotion at Clínica MEDS, the host institution for EIM Chile and the largest sports medicine provider with eight clinics across the country. Dr. Mahecha also serves as the Program Director for the Post-Graduate Program in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine specialty in the School of Medicine at the Universidad Mayor in Santiago, Chile. Before coming to Santiago, Chile, Sandra spent 20+ years in São Paulo, Brazil working as the Director General of CELAFISCS, a Center of Physical Fitness that brings together health professionals with the purpose of promoting research and disseminating knowledge in the area of sports sciences, and as the Scientific Technical Advisor for the Agita São Paulo program.

Dr. Mahecha is being recognized this year for her extraordinary work as both the Director of the EIM Chile National Center and of the entire EIM Latin America region starting in 2017. As the EIM Chile National Center Director, Dr. Mahecha actively promotes physical activity and the EIM initiative across the country. EIM Chile has conducted multiple training courses and workshops for physicians, nurses and students across all parts of Chile. Dr. Mahecha also actively works with the Chilean Ministry of Health to ensure that physical activity is a part of their national obesity strategy. Currently, Dr. Mahecha and Clínica MEDS are working to establish a non-profit organization that will aid EIM Chile in better reaching underserved individuals in Santiago. As the EIM Latin America Regional Director, Dr. Mahecha has overseen the growth of EIM in Latin America to now include 9 official, active EIM national centers. Under her guidance, the region started meeting quarterly in 2020 to better connect national centers, as well as to form separate working groups to advance research, education and training, and integrating EIM into health settings. Perhaps most prominent among her 2020-21 accomplishments is the expansion of the physical activity training for health care providers from an in-person workshop to an online course. The new online course, launched in the spring of 2020, has the potential to reach health care providers across all of Latin America. In less than a year, the new, asynchronously-offered online course has been completed by more than 500+ health care providers and students from across Latin America.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and cancellation of EIM’s 2020 World Congress, awards were not given that year.


Anna Plucik- Mrożek, M.D.
Malgorzata (Gosia) Perl 
Jennifer Trilk, 
Carena Winters, Ph.D., MPH, FACSM, ACSM-CEP, EIM Level III


Chi-Hung Lin, M.D., Ph.D.
Jennifer West, M.S.


Robert Confessore, Ph.D.
Irene Davis, Ph.D., P.T. FACSM, FAPTA, FASB
Marilyn Moffat, P.T., Ph.D. 
Phil Page, Ph.D., P.T., ATC, CSCS, FACSM 
Brad Roy, Ph.D., FACSM 

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