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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 » Read Full Bio
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.