Dean Ornish

Renowned Health, Diet and Nutrition Expert

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$50,000 or greater
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California, United States

Renowned Health, Diet and Nutrition Expert

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.

Healthy Lifestyle Expert

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.


Dean Ornish, MD is a member of the boards of directors of the U.S. United Nations High Commission on Refugees and the San Francisco Food Bank and the advisory board of The Quincy Jones “Project Q” at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Ornish was appointed to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and elected to the California Academy of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Dean Ornish is chair of the PepsiCo Blue Ribbon Advisory Board and the Safeway Advisory Council on Health and Nutrition. Dr. Ornish consults with the CEO of Mars to make healthier foods and to provide health education to their customers in this country and worldwide.


Dean Ornish has received several awards, including: the “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, the “Excellence in Integrative Medicine” award from the Heal Breast Cancer Foundation, the “Golden Plate” Award from the American Academy of Achievement, a U.S. Army Surgeon General Medal, and the Bravewell Collaborative Pioneer of Integrative Medicine award.


Dr. Dean Ornish was a physician consultant to President Clinton (1993-2000) and to several bipartisan members of the U.S. Congress and consulted with the chefs at The White House, Camp David, and Air Force One to cook more healthfully. Dr. Ornish is listed in Who’s Who in Healthcare and Medicine, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World.  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, and chosen by LIFE magazine as “one of the fifty most influential members of his generation.”

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.

Stress, Diet and Your Heart

Opening Your Heart: Anatomically, Emotionally and Spiritually

Love & Intimacy: Support, Connection, Communicate

Exercise: Simple Choices, Powerful Changes

All Dean Ornish Books

The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health
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Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease
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Love and Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health
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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."

- Senior Vice President | National Association of Chain Drug Stores

"Thank you for gathering with us at the 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."

- President | FasterCures

"Thank you for presenting at the 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."

- | Yoga Journal

“Dean Ornish’s speech was brilliant, great, and consistent with the theme of making changes towards a healthy lifestyle.”

- Director, Corporate Services | CIGNA

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The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health
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Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease
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