Guest Speakers

Andrew M. Freeman, MD, FACC, FACP


Andrew M. Freeman MD, FACC, FACP joined National Jewish Health in Denver, CO after completing his training in Philadelphia at Temple University. Prior to that, he completed his internal medicine training at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He completed medical school at SUNY Buffalo with research honors after graduating summe cum laude from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. At National Jewish, he serves as the director of clinical cardiology and the director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness, and is an Associate Professor of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, cardiac CT, and echocardiography. His clinical and research interests are in disease prevention, exercise and lifestyle medicine, imaging heart disease, nutrition, and cardiac sarcoidosis.

Dr. Freeman also hosts a monthly Walk with a Doc program (http:/Denver.WalkWithADoc.Org) in the Denver area where he volunteers his time to walk with patients on Saturday mornings to teach key health concepts, but also to explore using exercise as medicine for the greater good of the public. Finally, Dr. Freeman holds some key leadership positions in the Colorado chapter of the American College of Cardiology as well as at the national level, including founding chair of the Early Career Council and Section, an active member of the Best Practice Quality Improvement committee, co-chair of the Lifestyle and Nutrition Workgroup and a spot on the Patient-Centered Care and ACC Digital Steering Committees. He has published scholarly manuscripts on patient-centered care, cardiac sarcoidosis, and served as editor-in-chief of the Patient Centered Care community on CardioSource. He serves as the social media editor for JACC, the country’s number one cardiology journal. An avid teacher and educator, Dr. Freeman teaches medical, physician assistant and pharmacy students regularly, and has hosted many community lectures and CME programs. He is a regular feature at VegFest Colorado and continues to expand his teaching and messages of prevention and wellness all over Colorado.

Dean Ornish, MD


Dean Ornish, MD, is founder of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and author of six bestselling books, including The Spectrum. Dr. Ornish’s 40 years of research has scientifically proven, for the first time, that the lifestyle changes he recommends can reverse heart disease and prostate cancer, and can lengthen telomeres which begins to reverse aging on a cellular level. The Ornish Program was the first lifestyle-based program for reversing heart disease to be covered in the history of Medicare. Dr. Ornish has been recognized by LIFE magazine as “one of the fifty most influential members of his generation” and by Forbes as “one of the seven most powerful teachers in the world.” Dr. Ornish will show you the proven pillars to a healthy heart and a wholesome life.


Robert Vogel, MD, FACC


Robert Vogel, MD is a preventive cardiologist at the University of Colorado Denver, where he is a Clinical Professor of Medicine. He received his B.A. from Columbia University (physics) and M.D. from Yale University. He served on the faculties of the Universities of Colorado, Michigan, and Maryland. Dr. Vogel has investigated heart disease for more than 40 years, pioneering single-photon tomography and quantitative coronary arteriography, and discovering the acute vascular biological effects of food. He is the author of two books and more than 250 scientific publications. He was Director of Cardiology at the University of Maryland for 14 years and served as the President of the Association of University Cardiologists. Dr. Vogel lectures frequently to practicing physicians on lifestyle and heart disease prevention. He has received a Good Housekeeping Magazine’s “Best Doctors in America” designation, a Federal Scientist of the Year Award, and a Simon Dack Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Dr. Vogel serves as a consultant to the Pritikin Longevity Institute and Co-Chair of the National Football League Subcommittee on Cardiovascular Disease. Currently, he serves as President of the Cherry Creek North Neighborhood Association.

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