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Dean Ornish, MD

Founder & Chief Medical Officer
Ornish Lifestyle Medicine, Sharecare

Dean Ornish, M.D., is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.

He is the author of 6 books, all national bestsellers.  His TED.com talks have been viewed by over 4.5 million people.  The research that he and his colleagues conducted has been published in the leading medical journals.  Dr. Ornish was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and by President Obama to the White House Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.  He is also a member of The Lancet Oncology “Moonshot Commission.”  He chaired the Google Health Advisory Council 2007-9 with Marissa Mayer

The “Ornish diet” has been rated “#1 for Heart Health” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 2011.

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; the inaugural “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; the Beckmann Medal from the German Society for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases; a U.S. Surgeon General Citation; and others.

Dr. Ornish was 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;” recognized by Forbes magazine as “one of the world’s seven most powerful teachers.”   For more information: www.ornish.com.