Adjunct Asst Professor
Pathology & Immunology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX
Houston Institute of Lifestyle Medicine
Houston, TX


PhD from Peking Union Medical College
MD from Shangdong University, School of Medicine

Professional Interests

  • Lifestyle Medicine
  • Chronic disease prevention and reversal
  • Genetic and epigenetic risks of chronic diseases
  • Public and global health control of human tuberculosis

Selected Publications


Human Genetic Susceptibility to TB in Chinese Han Population
- #NIH R01 AI075465
Grant funding from National Institutes of Health


ABLM/IBLM Board-Certified Lifestyle Medicine Specialist
Lifestyle Medicine, defined by the ACLM, is the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substance abuse and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and, oftentimes, reverse chronic disease. The American Association of Colleges of Medicine has recognized the Lifestyle Medicine physician as one of the top five emerging careers in medicine today.
Dr. Xin Ma, ABLM/IBLM Board-certified Lifestyle Medicine Specialist, has been passionate on chronic disease prevention, reversal, and wellness. Chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, metabolic diseases, and some chronic infections (e.g. HIV, tuberculosis) account for 80% disease burden and healthcare cost nationwide and worldwide. Research data has concluded that unhealthy lifestyle contributes more than 60% of the risk factors. Dr. Ma and his team strive to improve and practice lifestyle medicine through public and patients' education, training, patient care, and research. Dr. Ma is member of American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Research Co-chair of Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine, and Founding member and country representative of Chinese Society of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Ma services as Director of Houston Institute of Lifestyle Medicine and provides educational and consultation service to patients and communities with cutting-edge, evidence-based lifestyle medicine practice.