Who is Dr. ED?

Dr Edwin Dean

Edwin James Dean, M.D. is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Medical College. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine, having completed his emergency medicine residency at Los Angeles County -- USC Medical Center.  Professional experience includes emergency medicine, urgent care medicine, and general family medicine with a focus on preventative medicine.

“I feel that I have come full circle in my career.  Early on I was asked by an emergency physician why I wanted to go into emergency medicine.  My on the spot answer was, “I want to make a difference and save lives”.  In retrospect it may have been overly idealistic and a little naïve - but it was from the heart.  Years later, as a young emergency physician it was rewarding and exhilarating to feel like you snatched someone from the jaws of death -  however,  over the years of seeing patients “after the damage was done” it became obvious there must be a better way.

Prevent the crash instead of repairing the damage after the crash.

After practicing medicine 20 plus years, I feel that Heart Health Screening and Dean Medical Wellness Program are the vehicles to make the greatest difference and impact more lives. I tell people that I am practicing “Preventative Emergency Medicine” now."

How it Began:

The idea for Heart Health Screening first began about 20 years ago in an emergency department in downtown Los Angeles The defining event* was not unusual however it sparked the question: “Didn’t anyone see this coming?” The answer then was “No”. Over the years, similar events – sudden onset of symptomatic vascular disease (heart attack, sudden death, heart failure, and stroke) in patients who had no idea they had such severe disease has forced this question too many times.
Advances in technology have made early detection of vascular disease possible and advances in knowledge and treatments have made prevention and reversal of vascular disease possible. With Heart Health Screening you can see it coming.  With Dean Medical Wellness program you can do something about it.

How it Evolved:

“I decided to start Heart Health Screening to provide state-of-the-art screening for the most common preventable disease that really affects all of us. It's key to do the right test and to interpret them properly. In my opinion this is the single most important thing you can do for your health. Many of the symptoms we associate with aging are really manifestations of this disease. Dean Medical Wellness program began out of necessity after I discovered that many of my patients going through my heart health screening were not receiving the appropriate preventative care or were receiving the wrong  information, the wrong tests or were getting lost in the system. Hormone replacement therapy became a part of this program when it became clear of the strong association with cardiovascular disease and aging. Medically assisted rapid weight loss was incorporated because of the need for an effective weight loss regimen and it serves as a platform for dietary education. It really is all related”

He is board certified in emergency medicine and is a past fellow of the College of Emergency Medicine and past clinical instructor at USC Medical Center and the University of Miami.

He helped build the Naples Medical Center Walk In Clinic and started The Traveller’s Clinic. He also has been a medical missionary to the Amazon, a cruise ship physician, and hyperbaric chamber physician treating scuba diving injuries.
He has authored four chapters in a leading emergency medicine text book.
He also provides lectures and presentations on a number of health topics (available on request).

***The Defining Event: “I can remember scenario as if it were yesterday and have the images in my mind of that moment. The scenario: The paramedics had brought in a businessman in his 40s who had no significant prior medical history but was now in full cardiac arrest.  As the resuscitation progressed it looked more and more futile. As the physician in charge, I ran through my mental checklists looking for anything else that could be done. "He was too young to die" I thought.  Eventually and reluctantly we ceased our efforts. When his young family later arrived, there came the difficult task of informing them he was dead and that their loved one/ husband/ father would not be returning home. I asked the family about any symptoms or clues to why this happened. I was searching for some  justification for this catastrophic event - an ignored symptom,  ignored disease, noncompliance to medications, or major risk factor.   There were none.
I suspect that subconsciously, I was hoping to ease my own emotional pain for feeling ineffective and was looking to shift blame for the bad outcome to someone or some event. Frustrated, I silently screamed in my head, “Didn’t anyone see this coming?”  The answer was "No".
 Over the next few days, weeks, months and years, I pondered the question.  And over the years, similar circumstances forced this question – too many times.