Dean Ornish, MD is the Founder and President of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Dr. of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ornish received his MD from the Baylor College of Medicine, was a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned a BA in Humanities from the University of Texas in Austin.
For over 34 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for this program, the first time that Medicare has covered a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes. He directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer. His current research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression. The work he and his colleagues have conducted has been featured in all major media.
Dr. Ornish was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and 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. He established an integrative medicine clinic in the Saint Vincent de Paul homeless shelter in San Francisco which will be replicated throughout the country. Dr. Ornish was elected to the California Academy of Medicine and chaired the Google Health Advisory Council 2007-9.
He has written a monthly column for Newsweek and Reader’s Digest magazines, authored six national best sellers and is currently Medical Editor of The Huffington Post, which has 45 million unique readers per month
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