Dr. Dansinger is a nationally recognized authority on dietary and lifestyle counseling for prevention and treatment of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and related conditions.


In 2011, he joined the Boston Heart team as the Medical Director of Patient Wellness. He led development of our personalized wellness solution to complement the unique diagnostic insights provided by our approach to cardiovascular disease characterization and management. He works directly with healthcare providers and their patients by providing training and expertise in Nutritional Planning and Lifestyle Coaching solutions specific to a patient’s personal cardiovascular risk.

Dr. Dansinger is the Founding Director of the Diabetes Reversal Program at Tufts Medical Center and an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He serves on the Council of Directors and Media Response Team for the True Health Initiative—a leading voice on nutrition and lifestyle medicine. He is a member of the expert panel for the CDC’s Worksite Health ScoreCard project, is a nutrition and diabetes expert for WebMD, and a former Editor of the peer-reviewed Medscape Journal of Medicine.

His research on dietary counseling is well known. He published the highly publicized research study “Comparison of the Atkins, Ornish, Weight Watchers and Zone Diets for Weight Loss and Cardiac Risk Reduction” in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in January 2005—one of the most highly read and quoted scientific articles of the year. Dr. Dansinger has been interviewed about his weight loss experience on The Today Show, CNN, National Public Radio, CBS Radio, BBC Radio, Oprah magazine, Time magazine, Consumer Reports, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe and over 100 other media outlets.

Dr. Dansinger received his BA cum laude, University of Wisconsin, in Madison and his MD degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. He also holds a MS degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, where he completed a 4-year fellowship program in Clinical Research.