Robert Ostfeld, MD

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Robert Ostfeld, MD

Full Name: Robert Ostfeld, MD

Age: 42


Hometown: Manhattan, NY

Specialty: Adult Cardiology; Co-Director of the Montefiore Cardiac Wellness Program
Place of Practice: Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

Why did you want to become a doctor?

When I was a child, my brother Daniel died from an incurable disease. Although I could not quite articulate it at the time, that experience led me to dedicate my life to helping others.

What sets you apart from other doctors in your field?

Like many physicians, I believe that lifestyle change is one of the holy grails of medicine. Accordingly, I founded the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore where we encourage patients to eat a whole-food plant-based diet. I think what sets me apart is that I don’t just talk the talk, I walk the walk and live the lifestyle we ask our patients to embrace. I have found that living this way enables me to better encourage patients to embrace such a change.

What are your 5 tips for living longer?

  1. Eat a whole-food plant-based diet. At the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore where we encourage patients to live this way, the results have been amazing.
  2. Do not smoke.
  3. Enjoy your family and friends.
  4. Exercise.
  5. Floss! Seriously: Flossing may reduce inflammation and improve your blood-vessel function.

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