C. Michael Wright, MD, FACC, DABCL, FNLA


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Dr. Wright is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and clinical lipidology. His main interest and focus is in preventing cardiovascular disease through a combination of lifestyle interventions, sophisticated risk assessment and, when appropriate, judicious use of medications. He attended Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, performed his residency at Washington University in St. Louis, and completed his cardiovascular fellowship at UCSD. From 1999 to 2007, he founded and served as CEO of the LifeScore Clinic. During this time, he performed over 15,000 comprehensive assessments on clients from all over the world. He combined sophisticated body imaging with extensive lab work, often including genetic testing and advanced biomarker testing. Each client received a personalized plan for action. Realizing the value of the data he was collecting, Dr. Wright formed a partnership with the Division of Preventive Medicine at UCSD School of Medicine. The LifeScore database has been used to explore many aspects of cardiovascular disease. Over 20 papers using the database have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Wright is a voluntary professor in the UCSD Division of Preventive Medicine where the main research interest is cardiovascular epidemiology and prevention. The most recent paper to come out of this collaboration has been accepted in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology-Cardiovascular Imaging and is awaiting publication. It demonstrates that standard chest CTs can be used to accurately predict cardiovascular mortality by quantifying the calcium in the coronary arteries.

Dr. Wright also worked at the Scripps Center for Executive Health, assessing cardiovascular risk by performing specialized ultrasound exams of the carotid arteries. He collected data on plaque volume and wall thickness and combined this with advanced lipid testing to establish therapeutic targets for cholesterol carrying particles in the blood.

Dr. Wright was in the first group of physicians to become board certified in clinical lipidology in 2005. He has served on the board of a regional chapter of the National Lipid Association, and has been elected an NLA Fellow. He has lectured nationally on management of cardiovascular disease and its prevention.

At Guarneri Integrative Health at Pacific Pearl La Jolla, Dr. Wright provides preventive approaches for internal medicine and cardiology care. He provides extensive evaluations of health and fitness, and creates personalized plans for achieving long term optimal health. He believes in a holistic approach to disease prevention, by acting as a professional partner with his patients, and by incorporating the most up to date research findings on how environmental and genetic influences interact with daily behaviors to impact longevity and well-being.

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