About Dr. Wayne Andersen

Meet “Dr. A” – New York Times Bestselling Author, Co-founder of OPTAVIA™ and Leader in Optimal Health


Dr. Wayne Andersen’s passion for life and fascination with medicine began at an early age. In high school, living in Japan, he observed the effect that the low-fat Asian diet had on creating much lower levels of obesity, cancer, and heart disease, than in Western cultures. He also recognized how important family, life-long friends, and a life of meaning and purpose was to these people in grounding their health and longevity.

This desire for knowledge and understanding drove Dr. Andersen to become the first in his family to enter college and graduate with honors from the University of Florida with a degree in Science. Ultimately, he went to medical school at the University for the Health Sciences in Kansas City, where he was valedictorian of his graduating class. He interned at Grandview Hospital and trained in open heart surgery at Cleveland Clinic before going on to train for two additional years at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami. He then went on to become the tenth physician Board Certified in Critical Care and returned to the institution where he began his post graduate training, to set up the open heart program and surgical intensive care unit.


It was here that Dr. Andersen developed a profound understanding of the pivotal role that nutrition plays in disease and health. For eighteen years, Dr. Andersen directed the Surgical Critical Care Program at Grandview and was Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology. In 2000, he made a monumental decision to leave his hospital-based practice to devote his full energy to helping people to become and to stay healthy.

Dr. Andersen is the Co-Founder and Medical Director of OPTAVIA™. Working with Dr. Lisa Davis, VP, Research & Development of Medifast, Inc., formerly with Johns Hopkins, Dr. Andersen has collaborated on studies to show the efficacy of meal replacements, with the goal to provide convenient meals for people to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

As co-founder of OPTAVIA™, Dr. Andersen has built an integrated support system that helps people make the necessary changes in their lifestyles to create optimal health. Using a team approach of health professionals working with Health Coaches, Dr. Andersen says we can provide leading edge nutritional solutions, medical support and the support of caring individuals, to provide the necessary one-on-one interaction so vital in changing peoples’ lives. This OPTAVIA™ physician-led health network is gathering tremendous momentum.

“I am amazed by the power this group of people is having on society. We have a massive epidemic of overweight, unhealthy individuals and I smile every day as we expose more and more people to a real solution that actually works!”

Dr. Wayne Andersen and familyDr. Andersen currently lives on the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife Lori, a Registered Nurse who provides nursing support for OPTAVIA™, and their two children, Savannah and Erica.

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For information about creating optimal health in your life please email info@DrWayneAndersen.

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