John Martin Kennedy, MD, FACC
Dr. John M. Kennedy is a recognized expert in the field of invasive cardiology and a much sought after authority on complimentary medical approaches. He has successfully helped thousands of patients with his pioneering to preventive cardiology since beginning his practice 20 years ago. Board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, board member of the American Heart Association and a clinical associate professor of cardiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Kennedy is a dedicated healer who approaches the business of ‘health’ with compassion, intention, and commitment. He believes that the seeds needed to reverse and ultimately prevent heart disease reside in all of us, but must be cultivated and nurtured with mindful, dedicated time and attention. Dr. Kennedy’s approach to heart health is consultative and instructive, not prescriptive. He would much prefer that you change your diet and learn to manage your stress than put in a stent or perform cardiac catheterization. And while he believes you can transcend cardiovascular disease with lifestyle modification, there is no “magic formula (bullet)” that works for everyone. The results are proportional to the work and mindfulness to a person’s efforts. His deeply rooted belief that everyone has an inner potential for greater heart health is the foundation on which he now bases his practice of preventive cardiology and wellness.
Dr. Kennedy is a Director of Preventive Cardiology and Wellness at Marina Del Rey Hospital. His program specializes in rehabilitation, early detection and the treatment of cardiac problems, with an emphasis on prevention. Based on a large body of literature showing how stress adversely impacts heart health, as well as his own cutting edge research on post-stroke patients, Dr. Kennedy created the BREATHE™ technique to stop stress in its tracks. By combining two time-honored forms of relaxation - guided imagery and breath work - Dr. Kennedy has created a new paradigm in stress management, which an ABC News investigative story concluded, “could reduce high blood pressure in as little as two weeks.”
Along with his work in the field of preventive cardiology, Dr. Kennedy is an integral part of the team at LA Bariatrics. Dr. Kennedy encourages patients to adopt and maintain new, healthier lifestyle habits so they not only lose weight but also, more importantly, keep it off.
The media and health industry luminaries frequently turn to Dr. Kennedy as a resource for information on preventive cardiology and wellness. Dr. Kennedy has appeared on the internationally syndicated CBS show The Doctors and has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, World News with Diane Sawyer, Anderson, Katie and PBS. He has appeared in print media in First for Women, The Advocate, Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, The Guardian and online in MSN’s Today Health, Everyday Health. In his quest to bring knowledge to the public, he hosts MD-VOD, a live show that provides simple answers to common medical questions and problems. He also lectures throughout the United States and holds regular seminars on cardiovascular disease, stress management, healthy nutrition and dieting, proper breathing, and more. Recognizing the growing prevalence of heart disease among children, Dr. Kennedy also has made it his personal crusade to educate children about the importance of diet, exercise and stress management in his popular talk entitled, Big Mind, Brave Heart, Bright Future.
Dr. Kennedy’s first book for popular audiences, The 15 Minute Heart Cure: The Natural Way to Release Stress and Heal Your Heart in Just Minutes a Day, was a critically-acclaimed national bestseller, which Ralph Brindis, M.D., President, American College of Cardiology, called “an outstanding review of a timely and important subject, stress and heart disease.” For more information about Dr. Kennedy’s publishing, please see our Press & Publications section.
Prior to his appointment as director of preventative cardiology and wellness at Marina Del Rey Hospital, Dr. Kennedy was director of the cardiac catheterization lab at Kaiser Permanente in San Rafael California, where he created the Heart Alert Program—the gold standard nationwide for rapidly and effectively treating heart attack patients. Dr. Kennedy also was the co-director of the cardiac CT angiography program at Kaiser Permanente. His cutting edge research in the fields of cardiac calcification and cardiac imaging has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Year after year, Dr. Kennedy finds his name included in Castle Connolly’s list of the nation’s top cardiologists. Dr. Kennedy received his medical degree from the Dartmouth-Brown Program in Medicine and his B.S. from the University of California-Santa Barbara, from which he graduated summa cum laude. He holds membership in several professional medical organizations, including The American College of Cardiology. His numerous awards and honors include election to the prestigious Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. Dr. Kennedy currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
"Dr Kennedy's presentation, Managing Stress in the Workplace--A Cardiologist's Perspective, is timely and important. As a cardiologist he speaks from his heart and helps us understand the importance of being mindful and conscious of the heart-brain connection. His message is simple and essential for managing stress in the workplace as well as in our everyday lives."
Dean Ornish, M.D.
author, The Spectrum and Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease
Dr. John M. Kennedy, co-author of The 15 Minute Heart Cure: A Natural Way to Manage Street and Heal your Heart in just Minutes a Day works as the Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Director of Inpatient and Invasive Cardiology in San Rafael, California. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association and speaks regularly on their behalf. His special interest, which is highlighted in his book, is stress and how it adversely affects our delicate cardiovascular system.
He lectures regularly on the subject and has helped companies educate employees on how to manage stress in the workplace. In addition, Dr. Kennedy emphasizes that heart disease remains the number one killer in America despite advances in technology. He emphasizes that heart disease affects many of us and starts early with early signs seen in our children. Recognizing the growing prevalence of the disease which has been shown to start at a young age, Dr. Kennedy also lectures to children about the importance of diet, exercise and stress management in his lecture entitled, Big Mind, Brave Heart, Bright Future. Brave Heart, Bright Future.
The technique he uses is simple and accessible to all and effective in helping children excel in academics as well as helping companies keep employees healthy.
Teaching and Consultation
1997-98 UCLA-Harbor Medical Center- House Staff Cardiology Lecture Series.
1998 Medical Technical Advisor- ABC Television Series, Vital Signs.
2007 Medical Technical Advisor- Discovery Television Channel, Medical Mysteries, Broken Hearted Boy.
Stress and Heart Disease
Healing Your Heart from Inside Out (Guided Imagery for patients undergoing Invasive cardiac procedures).
Big Mind, Brave Heart, Bright Future (Teaching High School students the relationship of stress and heart disease and about power of relaxation therapy).
Heart Alert System Marin County (project involving streamlining care for heart attack patients in Marin County).
Dr. Kennedy has been published in peer reviewed journals on various topics in cardiology and is also a medical expert for SmartNow.com where he writes a monthly blog discussing cardiovascular disease and women's health.
Kennedy, John MD, et al. American Heart Journal. 135(4): 696-702, April 1998. Coronary Calcium and Standard Risk Factors in Symptomatic Patients.
Kennedy, John M, MD, Applications in Cardiac Imaging. Volume 1: 32-38, September, 1996. Reducing Ischemic Complications in Acute Coronary Syndromes.
Buddoff, M.J., MD, Kennedy, J.M., MD, et al., Journal of American College of Cardiology. 32: 1173-1178, 1998. Usefulness of electron beam tomography scanning for distinguishing ischemic from nonishcemic cardiomyopathy.
Voted Top Doctors by peers in the Bay area--published in Consumers Checkbook