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For over 35 years, Dr. Dean Ornish has used science to prove that our genes do not seal our fate. The internationally respected doctor is a pioneer of “life style medicine” – using best practices in diet, exercise, stress management, and interpersonal relationships to prevent and even reverse chronic disease.

Dr. Ornish is the founder and director of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute (PMRI) and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco. Research findings by Dr. Ornish and PRMI have been featured in cover stories for Newsweek, TIME, and U.S. News & World Report and presented at medical conferences globally. He is especially known for his groundbreaking studies of telomeres, the ends of our chromosomes that control the aging process. In collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, he demonstrated that lifestyle choices not only have the ability to preserve telomeres, but lengthen them, significantly slowing down the process of aging.

Dr. Ornish is the author of six best-selling books on nutrition and healthy lifestyle management. He has served as a medical advisor to President Bill Clinton since 1993 and was appointed to the White House Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health by President Barak Obama. He’s received numerous awards from the medical community for his research, and has been recognized as “One of the 50 Most Influential Members of his Generation” by LIFE magazine as well as “One of the Seven Most Powerful Teachers in the World” by Forbes.

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    Bestselling Author, Founder & President of the Preventitive Medicine Research Institute

    Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ornish received his medical training in internal medicine from the Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He received a B.A. in Humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate address.

    For over 33 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, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer and heart disease, as well as increasing telomerase, an enzyme that lengthens telomeres, the ends of our chromosomes which control aging (in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009).

    He is the author of six best-selling books, including four New York Times bestsellers: Dr. Dean Ornish′s Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love & Survival; and The Spectrum.

    The research that he 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, the American Journal of Cardiology, The Lancet Oncology, and elsewhere. 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. Their work has been featured in all major media, including cover stories in Newsweek, Time, and U.S. News & World Report. He has written a monthly column for Newsweek and Reader′s Digest magazines and is currently Medical Editor of The Huffington Post, which has 245 million unique readers per month.

    Dr. Ornish is a member of the boards of directors of the San Francisco Food Bank and the J. Craig Venter Institute. He was appointed to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and elected to the California Academy of Medicine. He chaired the Google Health Advisory Council 2007-9.

    He has received several awards, including the 1994 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; and the Sheila Kar Health Foundation Humanitarian Award from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles).

    Dr. Ornish has been a physician consultant to President Clinton since 1993 and to several bipartisan members of the U.S. Congress, and he consulted with the chefs at The White House, Camp David, and Air Force One to cook more healthfully (1993-2000). He gave a keynote speech reviewing the science of integrative medicine at the Institute of Medicine′s first Summit on Integrative Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences.

    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; honored as “one of the 125 most extraordinary University of Texas alumni in the past 125 years;” chosen by LIFE magazine as “one of the fifty most influential members of his generation;” and by Forbes magazine as “one of the seven most powerful teachers in the world.”


Dean Ornish Speaker Videos Back to top

Dr. Dean Ornish, TEDxSF


Dr. Dean Ornish reveals that most of the major medical problems the global population faces could be prevented by simple low cost interventions made by consumers. Chronic disease like heart disease and diabetes, Dr. Ornish points out, are killing more people in the world than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. He elaborates that more and more nations have adapted a fatty high-calorie American diet, and as a result, are seeing rising rates of the same health problems that plague the U.S.

“What’s happening is it’s drying and diverting a lot of resources away from things that really do need drugs…to things that could be largely prevented and even reversed through simply changing diet and lifestyle,” Dr. Ornish comments. He urges people adopt more plant-based diets, and in the case of many developing countries, revert to their traditional diets, citing that such a shift would also help alleviate the other major crises we face. “20% of the fossil fuel we burn each day goes to make processed food,” Dr. Ornish states.

Dr. Dean Ornish, World Economic Forum



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Dr. Dean Ornish gets to the root of chronic conditions. Honest and modest, he scientifically links nutrition, fitness, and emotional wellbeing to the prevention and reversal of the most common diseases and conditions plaguing the global population. Dr. Ornish unpacks 35 years of clinical research on eating well, loving more, and stressing less along with concrete tips on how you can put these ideas into practice.

    The Power of Lifestyle Change
    Dr. Ornish masterfully explains the future of preventative medicine, analyzing the spectrum of choices available to reverse and prevent life threatening conditions. His inspiring stories encourage audiences to embrace a healthier life.

    What is the Optimal Diet?
    Arguing that it’s not just how much you eat, it’s primarily what you eat, Dr. Ornish explains how an diet abundant in plant-based foods can help audiences trim waistlines and gain health.



Dean Ornish Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    "The feedback we′ve gotten from members has been fantastic, and I personally found his talk completely fascinating."
    -The Core Club

    "The campus is still buzzing with enthusiasm. We have heard many positive comments. Your speech was both educational and interesting. Our entire campus community was very pleased."
    -Karla J. Russo, Manager of Special Events, Quinnipiac University

    "Thank you for presenting at the 2005 San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference. We′ve received very positive feedback from the 1400+conference attendees. Without your participation, enthusiasm, and support, we wouldn′t be able to offer such unique and extensive programs. We appreciate your partnership and look forward to working with you in the future."
    -John Abbott, Yoga Journal

    "Thank you for gathering with us at the 2005 Milken Institute Global Conference to debate and discuss the complexities of, and opportunities for, speeding disease treatments and cures. We greatly appreciated the thought and preparation that went into your remarks in the Cures in the Cupboard: Foods that Fight Disease session. You provided a critical perspective that enhanced the value of the Global Conference and the audience′s experience."
    -Greg Simon, President, FasterCures

    "Dr. Ornish was an outstanding keynote speaker and connected in a very personal way with our audience. We received very favorable comments and reviews from everyone that attended our first Business Program. Dr. Ornish was not only presented very timely information but he tailored his content to our industry and gave everyone points to consider for their own companies. We would definitely use Dr. Ornish again."
    -Jim Whitman, Senior Vice President, National Association of Chain Drug Stores

    “Dean Ornish’s speech was brilliant, great, and consistent with the theme of making changes towards a healthy lifestyle.”
    -Rob Gingras, Director, Corporate Services, CIGNA




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    "The feedback we′ve gotten from members has been fantastic, and I personally found his talk completely fascinating."
    -The Core Club

    "The campus is still buzzing with enthusiasm. We have heard many positive comments. Your speech was both educational and interesting. Our entire campus community was very pleased."
    -Karla J. Russo, Manager of Special Events, Quinnipiac University

    "Thank you for presenting at the 2005 San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference. We′ve received very positive feedback from the 1400+conference attendees. Without your participation, enthusiasm, and support, we wouldn′t be able to offer such unique and extensive programs. We appreciate your partnership and look forward to working with you in the future."
    -John Abbott, Yoga Journal

    "Thank you for gathering with us at the 2005 Milken Institute Global Conference to debate and discuss the complexities of, and opportunities for, speeding disease treatments and cures. We greatly appreciated the thought and preparation that went into your remarks in the Cures in the Cupboard: Foods that Fight Disease session. You provided a critical perspective that enhanced the value of the Global Conference and the audience′s experience."
    -Greg Simon, President, FasterCures

    "Dr. Ornish was an outstanding keynote speaker and connected in a very personal way with our audience. We received very favorable comments and reviews from everyone that attended our first Business Program. Dr. Ornish was not only presented very timely information but he tailored his content to our industry and gave everyone points to consider for their own companies. We would definitely use Dr. Ornish again."
    -Jim Whitman, Senior Vice President, National Association of Chain Drug Stores

    “Dean Ornish’s speech was brilliant, great, and consistent with the theme of making changes towards a healthy lifestyle.”
    -Rob Gingras, Director, Corporate Services, CIGNA


    Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health
    From the author of the landmark bestseller Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease comes an empowering new program that enables you to customize a healthy way of eating and living based on your own desires, needs, and genetic predispositions.

    Dr. Dean Ornish revolutionized medicine by directing clinical research proving–for the first time–that heart disease and early-stage prostate cancer may be stopped or even reversed by his program of comprehensive lifestyle changes, without drugs or surgery. His newest research was the first to show that changing your lifestyle changes your genes in men with prostate cancer–“turning on” disease-preventing genes, and “turning off” genes that promote breast cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses, and in only three months. This study documented, also for the first time, that these lifestyle changes may significantly increase an enzyme that lengthens telomeres–the ends of your chromosomes that control how long you live. As your telomeres get longer, your life gets longer. Your genes are not your fate.

    The Spectrum features one hundred easy-to-prepare, delicious recipes from award-winning chef Art Smith. Whether you want to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, reverse a major disease, or find a sustainable, joyful lifestyle, The Spectrum can make a powerful difference in your health and well-being.
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    The Power of Lifestyle Change
    Dr. Ornish masterfully explains the future of preventative medicine, analyzing the spectrum of choices available to reverse and prevent life threatening conditions. His inspiring stories encourage audiences to embrace a healthier life.

    What is the Optimal Diet?
    Arguing that it’s not just how much you eat, it’s primarily what you eat, Dr. Ornish explains how an diet abundant in plant-based foods can help audiences trim waistlines and gain health.



Dr. Dean Ornish, TEDxSF


Dr. Dean Ornish reveals that most of the major medical problems the global population faces could be prevented by simple low cost interventions made by consumers. Chronic disease like heart disease and diabetes, Dr. Ornish points out, are killing more people in the world than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. He elaborates that more and more nations have adapted a fatty high-calorie American diet, and as a result, are seeing rising rates of the same health problems that plague the U.S.

“What’s happening is it’s drying and diverting a lot of resources away from things that really do need drugs…to things that could be largely prevented and even reversed through simply changing diet and lifestyle,” Dr. Ornish comments. He urges people adopt more plant-based diets, and in the case of many developing countries, revert to their traditional diets, citing that such a shift would also help alleviate the other major crises we face. “20% of the fossil fuel we burn each day goes to make processed food,” Dr. Ornish states.

Dr. Dean Ornish, World Economic Forum