Dean Ornish

Renowned Health, Diet and Nutrition Expert

Dean Ornish, MD, is clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ornish is also the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute. Dean Ornish received his medical training in internal medicine from the Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Ornish received a BA in Humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate address.

For over 30 years, Dr. Dean Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even the most severe coronary heart disease without drugs or surgery. Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for this program; the first time it has covered such a program involving comprehensive lifestyle changes. Dr. Ornish recently directed the first randomized controlled trial, demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of prostate cancer. His current research shows that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, "turning on" disease-preventing genes and "turning off" genes that promote cancer and heart disease.

Dr. Dean Ornish is the author of six best-selling books, including Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Eat More, Weigh Less, Love & Survival, and his most recent book, The Spectrum.  Dr. Ornish also writes a monthly column for Newsweek magazine.

The research that Dean Ornish and his colleagues conducted, has been published in: The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Circulation, The New England Journal of Medicine, and the American Journal of Cardiology. A one-hour documentary of their work was broadcast on NOVA, the PBS science series, and was featured on Bill Moyers' PBS series, Healing & The Mind. The group's work has also been featured in all major media, including cover stories in Newsweek, Time, and U.S. News & World Report. 

More About Dean Ornish . . .
Dean Ornish, MD is a member of the boards of directors of the U.S. United Nations High Commission on Refugees and the San Francisco Food Bank and the advisory board of The Quincy Jones "Project Q" at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Ornish was appointed to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and elected to the California Academy of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Dean Ornish is chair of the PepsiCo Blue Ribbon Advisory Board and the Safeway Advisory Council on Health and Nutrition. Dr. Ornish consults with the CEO of Mars to make healthier foods and to provide health education to their customers in this country and worldwide.

Dean Ornish has received several awards, including: the "Outstanding Young Alumnus" Award from the University of Texas, Austin, the University of California, Berkeley, "National Public Health Hero" award, the Jan J. Kellermann Memorial Award for "distinguished contribution in the field of cardiovascular disease prevention" from the International Academy of Cardiology, a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association, the Beckmann Medal from the German Society for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases, the "Pioneer in Integrative Medicine" award from California Pacific Medical Center, the "Excellence in Integrative Medicine" award from the Heal Breast Cancer Foundation, the "Golden Plate" Award from the American Academy of Achievement, a U.S. Army Surgeon General Medal, and the Bravewell Collaborative Pioneer of Integrative Medicine award.

Dr. Dean Ornish was a physician consultant to President Clinton (1993-2000) and to several bipartisan members of the U.S. Congress and consulted with the chefs at The White House, Camp David, and Air Force One to cook more healthfully. Dr. Ornish is listed in Who's Who in Healthcare and Medicine, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World.

Dr. Ornish was recognized as "one of the most interesting people of 1996" by People magazine, selected as one of the "TIME 100" in integrative medicine, and chosen by LIFE magazine as "one of the fifty most influential members of his generation."

To book health and wellness speaker, Dean Ornish call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

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Dean Ornish: Healing through diet

Dean Ornish, MD, is clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ornish is also the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute. Dean Ornish received his medical training in internal medicine from the Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Ornish received a BA in Humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate address.

For over 30 years, Dr. Dean Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even the most severe coronary heart disease without drugs or surgery. Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for this program; the first time it has covered such a program involving comprehensive lifestyle changes. Dr. Ornish recently directed the first randomized controlled trial, demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of prostate cancer. His current research shows that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, "turning on" disease-preventing genes and "turning off" genes that promote cancer and heart disease.

Dr. Dean Ornish is the author of six best-selling books, including Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Eat More, Weigh Less, Love & Survival, and his most recent book, The Spectrum.  Dr. Ornish also writes a monthly column for Newsweek magazine.

The research that Dean Ornish and his colleagues conducted, has been published in: The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Circulation, The New England Journal of Medicine, and the American Journal of Cardiology. A one-hour documentary of their work was broadcast on NOVA, the PBS science series, and was featured on Bill Moyers' PBS series, Healing & The Mind. The group's work has also been featured in all major media, including cover stories in Newsweek, Time, and U.S. News & World Report. 

More About Dean Ornish . . .
Dean Ornish, MD is a member of the boards of directors of the U.S. United Nations High Commission on Refugees and the San Francisco Food Bank and the advisory board of The Quincy Jones "Project Q" at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Ornish was appointed to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and elected to the California Academy of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Dean Ornish is chair of the PepsiCo Blue Ribbon Advisory Board and the Safeway Advisory Council on Health and Nutrition. Dr. Ornish consults with the CEO of Mars to make healthier foods and to provide health education to their customers in this country and worldwide.

Dean Ornish has received several awards, including: the "Outstanding Young Alumnus" Award from the University of Texas, Austin, the University of California, Berkeley, "National Public Health Hero" award, the Jan J. Kellermann Memorial Award for "distinguished contribution in the field of cardiovascular disease prevention" from the International Academy of Cardiology, a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association, the Beckmann Medal from the German Society for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases, the "Pioneer in Integrative Medicine" award from California Pacific Medical Center, the "Excellence in Integrative Medicine" award from the Heal Breast Cancer Foundation, the "Golden Plate" Award from the American Academy of Achievement, a U.S. Army Surgeon General Medal, and the Bravewell Collaborative Pioneer of Integrative Medicine award.

Dr. Dean Ornish was a physician consultant to President Clinton (1993-2000) and to several bipartisan members of the U.S. Congress and consulted with the chefs at The White House, Camp David, and Air Force One to cook more healthfully. Dr. Ornish is listed in Who's Who in Healthcare and Medicine, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World.

Dr. Ornish was recognized as "one of the most interesting people of 1996" by People magazine, selected as one of the "TIME 100" in integrative medicine, and chosen by LIFE magazine as "one of the fifty most influential members of his generation."

To book health and wellness speaker, Dean Ornish call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

The Power of Lifestyle Changes, Social Networks, & Trust

Dr. Ornish elaborates on his ground-breaking research that shows that lifestyle changes not only stop, but can actually reverse, cardiovascular disease and breast and prostate cancer. He explains how the power of connection can make all the difference for our health by demonstrating how trust leads to intimacy and ultimately to healing. 

What’s Good for You is Good for the Planet

Dr. Ornish demonstrates that the food that's best for our bodies is also best for the earth. He shows how our simple, day-to-day choices can make the most monumental difference not only for our health, but also for our world. To help people begin living in the most healthful way, Dr. Ornish shows how to make personally sustainable, globally sustainable choices such as opting to follow a "Meatless Monday" plan. 

Integrative Healthcare in the Fight Against Illness

This topic is geared towards medical professionals. Dr. Ornish explains in great deal what his revolutionary research has revealed- that we can make ground level, seemingly simple changes to create powerful changes in our health. He delves into the years of studies in which he and his partners have been engaged, and shows what their findings mean for the future of healthcare for the United States and the world.

U.S. Army War College

"I can't begin to capture in words the powerful way in which you touched so many lives of leaders who will now go on to influence and touch so many other lives. I have had at least ten students stop me on the sidewalk to tell me what a great message it was that you shared and how they intended to go home and make changes this very night.”

EVP Communications

“Your presentation was terrific, and we are hearing great feedback from our attendees. And the crowd that showed you for the "optional" stress session speaks for itself! I have to say, we were totally blown away by how many people were interested (as you could tell, since we had to drag in extra chairs!)”

Comcast

“We’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response to Dean’s talk and the specialness of the afternoon's event. I know you personally touched the lives of many in attendance as well.”

Healthy Palooza

“Everyone was really impressed with the talk and the information was very interesting. We so appreciated his participation.”
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