Lee Lipsenthal

Lee Lipsenthal, MD, ABIHM, was an internationally recognized leader, teacher, and author in the fields of integrative medicine and physician wellness. He was the medical director with Dean Ornish of the Preventative Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, for ten years, and also served as president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and on the American Medical Association’s Physician Wellness Committee. Lee Lipsenthal passed away in September 2011. His wife, Kathy, who is also a physician, and his two children live in California.



  • Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last



As medical director of the famed Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Lee Lipsenthal helped thousands of patients struggling with disease to overcome their fears of pain and death and to embrace a more joyful way of living. In his own life, happily married and the proud father of two remarkable children, Lee was similarly committed to living his life fully and gratefully each day.

The power of those beliefs was tested in July 2009, when Lee was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. As Lee and his wife, Kathy, navigated his diagnosis, illness, and treatment, he discovered that he did not fear death, and that even as he was facing his own mortality, he felt more fully alive than ever before. In the bestselling tradition of Tuesdays with Morrie, told with humor and heart, and deeply inspiring, Enjoy Every Sandwich distills everything Lee learned about how we find meaning, purpose, and peace in our lives.

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Doug recalls: “Lee Lipsenthal was a dear friend and beloved doctor, who healed with his heart as well as his head. This story of his diagnosis with terminal cancer and his adventures on the edge of death has been life changing for me and so many others. This book is like the Last Lecture, but written by a doctor who understood the body and the soul profoundly. Tina Constable, Sydny Miner, and the team at Crown Archetype could not have been more wonderful in supporting this book and Lee even as he left us. I couldn’t have been happier when this book won for Best Inspirational Memoir, in the 2012 Books for a Better Life Awards. His wife Kathy traveled to New York City and accepted the honor on his behalf and I know Lee was looking on proudly.”

“Lee Lipsenthal was a dear friend and beloved doctor, who healed with his heart as well as his head. “