Food is Medicine Accelerator


Dean Ornish

Founder / President

Preventive Medicine Research Institute

Food is Medicine Accelerator

Dean Ornish, M.D., is founder/president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF and UCSD.  He received his M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, was a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School, and his residency in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  He earned a B.A. in Humanities summa cum laudefrom the University of Texas in Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate address.

He directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that lifestyle medicine may reverse even severe heart disease and slow, stop or reverse early-stage prostate cancer, change gene expression and reverse aging by lengthening telomeres.  Medicare created a new benefit category to cover his program. He is currently directing the first study to determine if lifestyle changes can reverse early Alzheimer’s disease.

He is the author of 7 books, all national bestsellers, including UnDo It!  His three main-stage talks have been viewed by almost 6 million people.

His research was published in the leading medical journals and featured in all major media, including cover stories in Newsweek, TIME, and USNWR.  He has written a column for TIME, Newsweek and Reader’s Digest, is a LinkedIn Influencer, and was Medical Editor of The Huffington Post 2010-2016. He established a lifestyle medicine clinic at the St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Shelter in San Francisco where over 30,000 homeless people were treated.

He 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.