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Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Author, professor, columnist, former marathon runners, a practicing physician for forty years and radio talk show host for twenty-five years, Dr. Gabe Mirkin is recognized as a pioneer of the fitness movement in North America.

"Heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and dementia are lifestyle diseases that often can be prevented with lifestyle changes," says Dr. Mirkin, a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. Dr. Mirkin sees about forty patients each day at his office in Maryland, and stays in touch with the latest findings by scanning as many as one thousand medical journals each month. He is one of a very few doctors board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics, and Pediatric Immunology.

Dr. Mirkin wrote the chapter on sports injuries for the Merck Manual (both lay and physicians' editions), the largest selling book worldwide with over one million copies in print. He has been the fitness broadcaster for CBS Radio News since the 1970's. He has written eight popular books including The Sportsmedicine Book, the best-selling book on the subject that has been translated into many languages.

A Boston native, Dr. Mirkin did his residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and over the years he has served as a Teaching Fellow at Johns Hopkins Medical School, Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, and Associate Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Mirkin ran the Boston Marathon six times and is now a serious tandem bike rider with his wife, Diana, often doing 30-60 miles in an outing.

Diana Mirkin

Diana Mirkin, is the director of Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Healthy Cooking School and manager of She has taught thousands of people how to make healthy foods taste delicious. She is co-author with Dr. Mirkin of The Whole Grains Cookbook, The 20/30 Fat and Fiber Diet Plan, Fat Free, Flavor Full and The Good Food Book. She has developed hundreds of recipes that follow Dr. Mirkin's guidelines for healthy eating, featuring whole grains, beans, vegetables and fruit.

Diana is a graduate of Vassar College and has an MBA from Loyola College. When she's not inventing tasty new recipes, she's usually out riding the tandem bicycle, gardening or exercising her dogs.