Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

2013 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Gellman, J. Rick Turner

Ornish Program and Dean Ornish

  • Manjunath HarlapurEmail author
  • Daichi Shimbo
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1005-9_1259



Dr. Dean Ornish is currently the president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in California and clinical professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco.


Dr. Ornish is the founder and president of Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, and on faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, as a clinical professor of medicine. Dr. Ornish received a medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine and underwent internal medicine training at Massachusetts General Hospital. His major contribution to medicine is his examination of the lifestyle modification/stress reduction approach to cardiovascular prevention and also cancer. He has published several seminal studies in this area. A few of these studies are described here.

In 1990, Ornish and colleagues published results (Ornish et al., 1990) from a landmark but small randomized trial (The Lifestyle Heart Trial) showing that intensive...

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References and Readings

  1. Ornish, D., Brown, S. E., Scherwitz, L. W., Billings, J. H., Armstrong, W. T., Ports, T. A., et al. (1990). Can lifestyle changes reverse coronary atherosclerosis? The lifestyle heart trial. The Lancet, 336, 129–133.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Ornish, D., Lin, J., Daubenmier, J., Weidner, G., Epel, E., Kemp, C., et al. (2008). Increased telomerase activity and comprehensive lifestyle changes: A pilot study. The Lancet Oncology, 9(11), 1048–1057.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Ornish, D., Scherwitz, L., Billings, J., Brown, S. E., Gould, K. L., Merritt, T. A., et al. (1998). Intensive lifestyle changes for reversal of coronary heart disease five-year follow-up of the lifestyle heart trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 280, 2001–2007.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Ornish, D., Weidner, G., Fair, W. R., Marlin, R., Pettengill, E. B., Raisin, C. J., et al. (2005). Intensive lifestyle changes may affect the progression of prostate cancer. Journal of Urology, 174(3), 1065–1070. http://www.pmri.org/.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center of Behavioral Cardiovascular Health, Division of General MedicineColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health, Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA