Dean Ornish, MD Named 2016 Recipient of The Plantrician Project Luminary Award

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Dr. Dean Ornish receives the 2016 Plantrician Project Luminary Award during the opening session of the 4th annual International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, which runs through Saturday, September 24 at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, CA. The conference, attended by nearly 800 medical professionals, representing more than a dozen countries, is produced by The Plantrician Project.

Dean Ornish, MD, 2016 Plantrician Project Luminary Award Winner

Dr. Dean Ornish has transformed lives for more than 35 years and championed the message of lifestyle medicine and plant-based nutrition.

Dean Ornish, MD was announced this evening as the recipient of The Plantrician Project 2016 Luminary Award during the opening session of the 4th annual International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference. The CME accredited event kicked off this evening at the Anaheim Marriott, in Anaheim, CA, running through Saturday, September 24. The conference is attended by physicians, allied health professionals and healthcare executives from across the U.S., with more than a dozen other countries represented.

The inscription on The Plantrician Project Luminary Award presented to Dr. Ornish recognized his pioneering research, dedicated teaching, distinguished leadership and steadfast commitment in the advancement of whole food, pant-based nutrition as the foundation of disease prevention, suspension and reversal.

“Dr. Dean Ornish has transformed lives for more than 35 years and championed the message of lifestyle medicine and plant-based nutrition,” said Scott Stoll, MD, Plantrician Project board chairman and co-founder. “His extraordinary academic and research achievements have paved the way for thousands of physicians and healthcare practitioners to confidently prescribe food as medicine. We are grateful for Dr. Ornish and recognize his exemplary lifetime of work with the 2016 Plantrician Project Luminary Award.”

Established in 2014, the inaugural recipient of The Plantrician Project Luminary Award was T. Colin Campbell, PhD, with Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., MD recognized as the 2015 recipient.

Upon receiving the award, Dr. Ornish said, “As I look out into this room filled with nearly 800 fellow physicians, I am grateful to receive the 2016 Plantrician Project Luminary Award, which is deeply meaningful to me. I am honored to be in such distinguished company of Drs. Campbell and Esselstyn.” Adding, “I am grateful to the Plantrician Project for having the bold vision to produce the International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference and for doing a superb job in raising awareness and providing education and resources about the transformative power of a whole foods plant-based diet and other comprehensive lifestyle changes in preventing and even reversing the progression of many of the most common chronic diseases—education that most of us did not receive in medical school. This is the medicine of the future, today. Our time has finally come!”

About The Plantrician Project and The International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference:
Leading experts in preventive, nutritional medicine are presenting this week at the 4rd annual International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference (http://www.pbnhc.com), September 21-24, 2016 at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, CA. This CME accredited medical conference will educate gatekeepers of dietary-related recommendations—our nation’s physicians and allied health professionals—about the nutritional science and efficacy of whole food, plant-based nutrition and its proven ability to prevent, suspend and even reverse disease. The review of current and progressive scientific research will be presented with a commitment to intellectual integrity, without bias or influence. The conference is produced by the 501c3 non-profit The Plantrician Project, established with the mission of producing educational events, tools and resources for physicians, allied health professionals and those they serve, focused on food as medicine. For more information, visit http://www.plantricianproject.org.

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