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Marin Healthcare District Brings Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease® to Marin – First to be Offered in Northern California

GREENBRAE, CA — The Cardiovascular Center of Marin, one of the Marin Healthcare District’s premier health centers, is the first in Northern California to offer patients a unique, non-invasive approach to reverse cardiac disease created by Marin resident Dr. Dean Ornish. Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease®, commonly known as Ornish Lifestyle Medicine™, addresses the root causes of heart disease rather than just its symptoms, and offers participants what can be a more appealing option than surgery: lifestyle as treatment. 

“This program will be an excellent addition to the cardiac program we currently offer at the Cardiovascular Center of Marin, and we are excited to introduce it as an option for our cardiac rehab patients,” said Mark Wexman, MD, Medical Director of Ornish Lifestyle Medicine at the Cardiovascular Center of Marin. “Ornish Lifestyle Medicine gives us another proven approach to treat heart disease and supports our ongoing mission to provide the best possible care and treatment to our community.”

Ornish Lifestyle Medicine is based on more than three decades of research showing that the progression of coronary artery disease and other chronic conditions can be treated and reversed through lifestyle changes. The program, Dr. Ornish’s research and Dr. Ornish himself have been featured widely in the national media, including stories in Newsweek, TIME, U.S. News & World Report and The New York Times.

Ornish Lifestyle Medicine participants attend 18 four-hour group sessions over a nine-week period. Each session can accommodate approximately 15 individuals who focus on improvement in four key areas: exercise, stress management, nutrition and group support. The program is facilitated by a dedicated six-person team that includes a medical director, program director, nurse case manager and experts in stress management, behavioral health, fitness and nutrition. These experts help participants to take control of their treatment by providing them with the knowledge, training and community resources to sustain a healthier lifestyle. Many participants maintain contact with their group and continue to be a part of the Ornish community after the program ends.

The program will be offered at the Cardiovascular Center of Marin located at 2 Bon Air Road, Suite 100, Larkspur, CA 94939. The first group begins their sessions today, June 20, 2017. 

“My vision has always been to sustainably transform lives for the better by making simple lifestyle choices,” said Dr. Ornish. “Participants in this program feel like they get their life back – they have more energy, less stress, more emotional support and greater physical endurance. I am excited to work with the Cardiovascular Center of Marin to bring this program and its benefits to their community.”  

The Cardiovascular Center of Marin is offering the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine through well-being leader Sharecare. Dr. Ornish partnered with Sharecare to bring his innovative, evidence-based approach to health systems across the United States in response to growing demand from consumers and providers for approaches that address the underlying causes of disease through lifestyle changes. Ornish Lifestyle Medicine is reimbursed by Medicare and other commercial payers for qualified individuals. 

To determine whether you may be eligible for Ornish Lifestyle Medicine at the Cardiovascular Center of Marin, please contact 415-927-6177. For more information on Ornish Lifestyle Medicine, visit or call 877-888-3091.

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About the Cardiovascular Center of Marin

The Cardiovascular Center of Marin delivers world-class care, right here in Marin. Our fellowship-trained cardiologists are leaders in their fields and trained at some of the finest medical schools in the country. Our affiliation with Marin General Hospital provides access to the latest technologies and equipment, enabling our experts to perform a variety of innovative procedures. Services include education, prevention, state-of-the-art diagnostic services, advanced treatments, and rehabilitation. To learn more, visit

About the Marin Healthcare District

Formerly known as Marin Hospital District, Marin Healthcare District (MHD) is a publically elected entity that owns Marin General Hospital and nine health centers throughout Marin County. The District encompasses all of Marin County with the exception of Novato. Established by the State of California in 1946, MHD is responsible for promoting the health and welfare of the residents of Marin County. This includes maintaining county-wide access to care through the Marin Healthcare District Medical Care Centers and ensuring that the hospital is in seismic compliance and ready to meet the needs of residents in the event of a natural disaster. MHD serves as a strong advocate for high quality care, provides a forum to discuss health care issues that affect the communities, and provides oversight of major transactions, board appointments and the hospital’s performance goals. To learn more or read about the guiding principles of the Marin Healthcare District, visit

About Sharecare

Sharecare is the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place. The Sharecare platform provides each person – no matter where they are in their health journey – with a comprehensive and personalized health profile, where they can dynamically and easily connect to the information, evidence-based programs and health professionals they need to live their healthiest, happiest and most productive life. With award-winning and innovative frictionless technologies, scientifically validated clinical protocols and best-in-class coaching tools, Sharecare helps providers, employers and health plans effectively scale outcomes-based health and wellness solutions across their entire populations. To learn more, visit

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Marin Healthcare District/Marin General Hospital
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