Dr. Dean Ornish shares his unique insights on reversing heart disease
Recorded: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Dean Ornish, M.D., has spent the past 37 years directing clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes can often reverse chronic diseases, without drugs or surgery.
On November 19, Dr. Ornish will share his research and details about his intensive cardiac rehabilitation program with a select webinar audience. Dr. Ornish will cover:
- How his program of comprehensive lifestyle changes may reverse the progression of even severe coronary heart disease, early-stage prostate cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and hypercholesterolemia
- How the program can change gene expression and even reverse aging at a cellular level by lengthening telomeres, the ends of our chromosomes that control aging
- Why Congress and CMS created a new benefit category, “intensive cardiac rehabilitation,” that qualifies for reimbursement by Medicare and many major insurance companies
- How Dr. Ornish and his colleagues are able to achieve 85% to 90% adherence to this intensive lifestyle program after one year
- How he has partnered with Healthways to bring his ground-breaking program to hospitals and health systems across the country
"Having the option to refer my patients to a program that teaches them to make and sustain lifestyle changes is invaluable. I tire of the 'revolving door' of procedures and hospitalizations. I'm thrilled to offer them the support of a comprehensive approach that enables them to live more healthfully—more fully."
— Dr. Jacki Hart, former Medical Director at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
About Dean Ornish, M.D.
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. For over 37 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.
He is the author of six books, all national bestsellers, including Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love & Survival; and his most recent book, 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 the 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. Dr. Ornish has written a monthly column for Newsweek and Reader’s Digest magazines, is currently medical editor of The Huffington Post and writes a regular column for TIME magazine.
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 has been a member of the boards of directors of the San Francisco Food Bank, the J. Craig Venter Institute and the St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Shelter in San Francisco, where he and colleagues established an integrative medicine clinic that will be replicated throughout the country. He was elected to the California Academy of Medicine and chaired the Google Health Advisory Council with Marissa Mayer in 2007 to 2009.
Dr. Ornish 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 Beckmann Medal from the German Society for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases; the “Pioneer in Integrative Medicine” award from California Pacific Medical Center; and the Stanley Wallach Lectureship Award from the American College of Nutrition.
Dr. Ornish has been a physician consultant to President Clinton since 1993 and to several members of the U.S. Congress, and he has consulted with the chefs at The White House, Camp David and Air Force One to cook more healthfully (1993-2000). The “Ornish diet” was rated #1 for heart health by U.S. News & World Report in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
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”; and recognized by Forbes magazine as “one of the world’s seven most powerful teachers.”