Dean Ornish, MD

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Founder and President of the Non-Profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco

Dean Ornish, MD, is the founder and President of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ornish directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery, and may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer. Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for “Dr. Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease.”

He is the author of six best-selling books. His work has been featured in cover stories in Newsweek, Time, and U.S. News & World Report. He has written a monthly column for Newsweek and Reader’s Digest and is currently Medical Editor of The Huffington Post. 

Dr. Ornish was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and he was appointed by President Obama to the White House Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. He is a member of the boards of directors of the San Francisco Food Bank and the J. Craig Venter Institute, and chaired the Google Health Advisory Council 2007-2009.

The Ornish diet was rated #1 for heart health by U.S. News & World Report in 2011 and 2012.

Dr. Ornish was selected as one of the “TIME 100” in integrative medicine; received the University of California, Berkeley, “National Public Health Hero” award; recognized as “one of the most interesting people of 1996” by People magazine; honored as “one of the 125 most extraordinary University of Texas alumni in the past 125 years;” chosen by LIFE magazine as “one of the 50 most influential members of his generation;” and by Forbes magazine as “one of the seven most powerful teachers in the world.”