Dean Ornish, MD
Best known for his groundbreaking work with the reversal of cardiovascular disease, Dean Ornish, MD, is the founder, president and director of Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California. Also a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, he received his medical training from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Over the past 28 years, Dr. Ornish's clinical research has demonstrated that a comprehensive integrative medicine program can reverse the progression of coronary heart disease without the use of drugs or surgery. By using high-tech, state of the art medical imaging technologies. Dr. Ornish and his colleagues were able to prove that ancient, low-tech and low-cost interventions such as diet, yoga, meditation and community support were effective. Now used in more than 35 hospitals throughout the United States, his program was recently evaluated and approved by Medicare. Dr. Ornish has recently completed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that this same integrative medicine program may reverse the progression of prostrate cancer. Dr. Ornish was appointed to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and elected to the California Academy of Medicine. One of the physician advisors to President Bill Clinton, Dr. Ornish trained the white house chefs to cook more healthfully and is currently consulting with the CEOs of McDonalds, PepsiCo, Con Agra, Dole and Safeway to help them provide healthy food choices.