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Distinguished Lifestyle Medicine Awards Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dean Ornish, MD

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

The founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Dr. Ornish is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his MD from the Baylor College of Medicine, was a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dean earned a BA in Humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate address.

For over 36 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. Recently, Medicare agreed to provide coverage for this program, the first time that Medicare has covered a program of comprehensive lifestyle changes. He directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer. His current research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer and heart disease, as well as the first study showing that these lifestyle changes reverse aging by lengthening telomeres, the ends of our chromosomes which control aging (in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009).

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.

Trailblazer Award

John Kelly, MD, MPH

2015 Trailblazer Award Recipient

Dr. John H. Kelly is the founding President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Medicine is a second career for Dr. John and he received the AMA Foundation's Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award for his work with ACLM in 2004 as a young physician--at age 55y. He received his BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Shepard University (1996; McMurran Scholar, Summa Cum Laude), his MD from Loma Linda University (2000) and his MPH in Epidemiology from Loma Linda University (2002; with honors).

Known internationally for his passion for and leadership in the field of Lifestyle Medicine, he is an invited speaker on the topics of Lifestyle Medicine and Epigenetics. He served as Co-PI for research on the use of lifestyle interventions to reverse diabetes in the Marshall Islands ($2-million federally-funded study). He has published research articles and co-authored a book chapter on nutrition as medicine.

Dr. Kelly was the recipient of the inaugural ACLM Trailblazer Award for his leadership in the field of Lifestyle Medicine, and has recently launched one of the first clinical fellowships in LM at the Black Hills Health and Education Center near Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota where he now serves as Medical Director for a residential lifestyle treatment center in the Black Hills.

Donald A. Pegg Lifestyle Medicine Student Leadership Award

(inaugural award to be presented October 2016)

*Recipients of the inaugural awards will be listed following Lifestyle Medicine 2015.


The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the world's flagship professional medical association for physicians, clinicians and allied health professionals, as well as those in professions devoted to advancing the mission of lifestyle medicine.


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