Dean Ornish, M.D., is founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF and UCSD. He received his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, was a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School, and his residency in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned a B.A. in Humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate address.
He directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that lifestyle medicine may reverse even severe heart disease and slow, stop or reverse early-stage prostate cancer, change gene expression and reverse aging by lengthening telomeres. Medicare created a new benefit category to cover his program. He is currently directing the first study to determine if lifestyle changes can reverse early Alzheimer’s disease.
He is the author of 7 books, all national bestsellers, including UnDo It! His three main-stage TED.com talks have been viewed by almost 6 million people.
His research was published in the leading medical journals and featured in all major media, including cover stories in Newsweek, TIME, and USNWR. He has written a column for TIME, Newsweek and Reader’s Digest, is a LinkedIn Influencer, and was Medical Editor of The Huffington Post 2010-2016. He established a lifestyle medicine clinic at the St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Shelter in San Francisco where over 30,000 homeless people were treated.
He was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and by President Obama to the White House Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.
The “Ornish diet” has been rated “#1 for Heart Health” by a panel of experts at U.S. News & World Report for eight years from 2011-2019. He co-chaired the Google Health Advisory Council 2007-9.
He received the 1994 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the University of Texas, Austin; the University of California, Berkeley, “National Public Health Hero” award; the inaugural “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; and many others.
Dr. Ornish was recognized as “one of the 125 most extraordinary University of Texas alumni in the past 125 years;” by TIME as a “TIME 100 Innovator;” by LIFE as “one of the 50 most influential members of his generation;” by People as “one of the most interesting people of the year;” and by Forbes as “one of the world’s seven most powerful teachers.”
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