Steven Masley, MD, FAHA, FAAFP, FACN, CNS, CCD

President, Dr. Masley’s Optimal Health Center

Steven Masley, M.D. is a physician, nutritionist, author, speaker, and award-winning patient educator. He has devoted his medical career to the study of heart disease and aging, and has published significant research on these subjects in leading medical journals. His passion is empowering people to achieve optimal health through comprehensive medical assessments and lifestyle changes. Dr Masley Dr. Masley has received the award of Fellow from three prestigious organizations: the American Heart Association, the American College of Nutrition, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida, and he teaches programs at Eckerd College and the University of Tampa. In 2010, he received the physician Health Care Hero award by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, plus he has received several awards for his lifestyle related research. Dr. Masley sees patients from across North America at the Masley Optimal Health Center in St Petersburg, FL. Dr. Masley has published several health books, including Ten Years Younger, and numerous scientific articles. His work has been featured on the Discovery Channel, the Today Show, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), plus over 250 media interviews. He also completed a chef internship at the Four Seasons Restaurant in Seattle, WA, and he has performed cooking demonstrations at Canyon Ranch, the Pritikin Longevity Center, and for multiple television appearances. As a speaker during his career, Dr. Masley has spoken for over 300 physician continuing medical education (CME) events, and for over 700 public presentations on a variety of topics related to health, aging, and cardiovascular disease. For additional information, regarding Dr. Masley’s clinic, please visit: www.drmasley.com. For a list Dr. Masley’s awards, research activities, and publications, see below: Awards:         

  • 2013, made Fellow by the American Heart Association
  • 2010, Physician Health Care Hero, Tampa Bay Business Journal
  • 2006, Florida Academy of Family Physician’s Physician Research Award
  • 2005, Best Medical Idea, Carillon Executive Health, Tampa Bay Magazine,
  • 2003 Florida Academy of Family Physician’s Physician {AAFP} Research Award
  • 2001 Florida Academy of Family Physician’s Physician {AAFP} Research Award
  • 2000 Recipient of the AAFP and Schering Plough’s Junior Researcher Award
  • 1998 Physician Winner, Patient Care Award for Excellence in Patient Education, by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine & the American Academy of Family Physicians
  • 1997 Patient Service Award, for outstanding service to patients at Group Health Cooperative, WA

Grant/Research Activities:

  • 2009-13: Principal Investigator {PI}: Predictors of Cognitive Function in an Executive Population
  • 2009-13: PI: Predictors of Carotid IMT scores in an Executive Population
  • 2010-12: PI: Seafood and Mercury as Predictors of Cognitive Function
  • 2007-2008: PI: Aerobic Exercise Enhances Cognitive Function, extension of Ten Years Younger
  • 2004: Principle Investigator, Ten Years Younger Study at the Carillon Wellness Center; investigating the impact of lifestyle on aging markers.
  • 2003: Primary Investigator for the Pritikin Longevity Center assessing The Efficacy of a High-Fiber, Very-Low-Fat Diet, and Exercise on the Metabolic Syndrome.
  • 1999 to present: PI,  with the Florida Geriatric Research Project for the following:
    • Body-Mass Index as a Predictor of Cardiovascular Disease in the Elderly, funded by the American Heart Association {AHA}
    • Blood Pressure as a Predictor of Cardiovascular Disease in the Elderly, funded by AHA
    • Body-Mass Index as a Predictor of Maintaining Activities of Daily Living in the Elderly, funded by the American Heart Association
  • 2002: Primary Investigator for the Pritikin Family Program studying the impact of diet and exercise on 9-16 year olds.
  • 2001: PI, Schering Plough, P00679, Phase III Double-Blind Efficacy-Safety Study: SCH 58235 + Lovastatin
  • 2000-2001: PI, Schering Plough, P00679, Phase III Double-Blind Efficacy, Safety Study of SCH 58235
  • 1997-2000: PI: Dietary Intervention and Evaluation Trial (D.I.E.T.), a research grant to evaluate group visits to modify lifestyle habits and improve outcomes for known coronary artery disease
  • 1996-1998: PI: Research trial for Type II diabetics with a longitudinal group visit program
  • 1995-1997: PI and Coordinator for the GERD, Group Patient Visit Grant

 Professional Publications:          

  • Submissions in Progress:
    • Masley SC,  Roetzheim, R, Masley LV, Schocken D. Emerging Lifestyle Factors as Predictors of Carotid IMT Scores. 2013 Submission in progress. Submitted, status pending.
    • Masley SC, Roetzheim R, Masley LV, Schocken D. Advanced Lipid Markers as Predictors of Carotid IMT Scores. 2013 Submission in progress.
    • Masley SC, Roetzheim R, Masley LV, Schocken D. CVD Predictors of Carotid IMT Score Regression. 2013 Submission in progress.
  • Masley SC, Masley LV, Gualtieri T. Cardiovascular Biomarkers and Carotid IMT scores as Predictors of Cognitive Function. Submitted, Accepted by the Journal of The American College of Nutrition, February 2014 Issue.
  • Masley SC, Masley LV, Gualtieri T. Effect of Mercury Levels & Seafood Intake on Cognitive Function in Middle-aged Adults. Integrative Medicine 2012;11:32-40.
  • Evans C, White R, (Chapter 16-Measuring Physical Fitness, Masley SC), et al., Exercise Testing for Primary Care and Sports Medicine, New York, Springer, 2009.
  • Masley SC, Roetzheim R, Gualtieri T. Aerobic Exercise Enhances Cognitive Flexibility. The Journal of Clinical Psychology 2009;16:186-93.
  • Theobold M, Masley SC. A Guide to Group Visits for Chronic Condition Affected by Overweight & Obesity. American Academy of Family Physicians, Americans in Motion (AIM) Monograph, 2008.
  • Masley SC. Top Five Nutritional Deficiencies, and How to Correct Them. Cortlandt Forum, October/November 2008 Issue.
  • Masley SC, Weaver W, Peri G, Phillips S.  Efficacy of exercise and diet to modify markers of fitness and wellness. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 2008;14:24-29.
  • Theobald M, Masley SC. A guide to tobacco cessation group visits. Ask and Act, a tobacco cessation program. American Academy of Family Physicians Monograph, 2007.
  • Masley SC, Phillips S, Schocken D. Blood Pressure as a Predictor of CVD Events in the Elderly: The William E Hale Research Program. Journal of Human Hypertension; March 16, 2006.
  • Kolasa, K, et al (includes Masley SC). Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Group on Nutrition, Physician’s Curriculum: Clinical Nutrition in Primary Care. Second Edition. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, June, 2005.
  • Masley SC, Copeland JR, Phillips S. The D.I.E.T. Study (Dietary Intervention & Evaluation Trial), Group Office Visits Change Dietary Habits of Patients with Coronary Artery Disease, Journal of Family Practice, 2001;50.
  • Masley SC, Sokoloff J, Hawes C. Planning Group Visits for High-Risk Cohorts. FPM; 2000:33-37.
  • Masley SC. Enhancing Dietary Adherence, Sept. 1998 issue of The Permanente Forum.
  • Masley SC. Dietary Therapy for Preventing and Treating Coronary Artery Disease. American Family Physician 1998;57:1299-1306.
  • Masley SC. Improving Dietary Compliance, How Can We Do A Better Job? Group Health Forum, October Issue, 1996.
  • Masley SC, Weiss B. Malaria, Prevention & Treatment. Cover article: American Family Physician 1988;38:109-18.

Professional Medical Abstracts, Posters, and Letters:

  • Masley SC, Roetzheim R, Masley LV, Schocken DD. Emerging Lifestyle Factors Predict Carotid IMT Scores. Journal American College of Nutrition November 2013 Pgs: pending
  • Masley SC. Group Visits for Chronic Illness Care. Family Practice Management 2006;13:21-22.
  • Masley SC, Weaver W, Peri G, Phillips S. High-fiber, low-saturated fat diet combined with exercise enhances VO2max and lipid profiles. Circulation 2006;113:e380 (abstract). Presented at the AHA Epi Meeting March 2006.
  • Masley SC, Weaver W, Phillips S, Peri G. Impact of a exercise and dietary program on weight loss. Journal American College of Nutrition 2005;24:431. Presented at the American College of Nutrition Mtg, Sept 2005. (abstract)
  • Van Sant Crowle C, Phillips S, Masley SC. Efficacy of a high-fiber, low-fat diet and exercise for the Metabolic Syndrome. Presented at the  American Academy of Family Physician Scientific and WONCA Meeting, October 2003
  • Masley SC, Beck B, Kenney J, Barnard J. Efficacy of a low-fat, high-fiber diet with exercise in 9-16 year olds. Poster Abstract, Florida Academy of Family Physician Meeting, November 2003
  • Masley SC, Phillips S, Schocken D. Blood Pressure and Change in Blood Pressure as Predictors of CVD in the Elderly. Abstract Presentation, XV Scientific Meeting of the Inter-American Society of Hypertension; April 27-30, 2003. San Antonio, Texas.
  • Montealegre M, Phillips S, Masley SC. Lifestyle Factors that Predict Sustained Blood Pressure Reduction and Weight Loss. Poster Abstract, XV Scientific Meeting of the Inter-American Society of Hypertension; April 27-30, 2003. San Antonio, Texas.
  • Masley SC, Novick J, Kenney, J. JAMA 2003; (letter)
  • Masley SC. Group-visit consent forms. FPM 2003 Feb
  • Masley SC, Phillips S, Schocken D. BMI, a Predictor of CVD Events. Circulation, Nov 2002, Abstract