Dr. Mehmet Oz is a well-known, popular surgeon, author, and host of The Dr. Oz Show, a daily television program focusing on medical issues/personal health. He also played water polo at Harvard University.
Dr. Oz first appeared on the The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004, and later on Larry King Live and other American television programs. In 2009, Winfrey's Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures launched The Dr. Oz Show.
Mehmet Oz was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Suna and Mustafa Öz who had emigrated from Konya Province, Turkey. He was educated at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1982 where he lettered on the varsity water polo team. In 1986 he obtained a joint MD and MBA degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and The Wharton School.
He was awarded the Captain’s Athletic Award for leadership in college and was Class President followed by President of the Student Body during medical school.
Dr. Oz has been a professor at the department of Surgery at Columbia University since 2001. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, and health care policy. With his collaborators, he has authored over 400 research papers, book chapters and medical books and has received several patents. He performs around 250 heart operations annually.
Dr. Oz is the founder and chairman of HealthCorps, a non-profit organization that pays a small stipend to recent college graduates to spend two years in high schools mentoring students about health, nutrition, and fitness.
In 2009, Dr. Oz joined Jeffrey T. Arnold (founder of WebMD) as co-founder of Sharecare, Inc. that provides an interactive QA platform that allows industry experts to answer health-related questions.
He encourages and educates viewers and fans to lead a healthful lifestyle, providing medical and nutrition tips and recipes for a healthy diet including the Doctor Oz Sinless Watermelon Split.
Dr. Oz appeared as a health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show for five seasons. On the show, he addressed issues like diabetes and promoted resveratrol supplements, which he claimed were anti-aging. His Transplant! television series won both a Freddie and a Silver Telly award. He has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today show, Larry King Live and The View, as well as guest-hosting the Charlie Rose show. In addition, he served as medical director of Denzel Washington’s John Q.
He currently hosts The Dr. Oz Show on television and a talk show on Sirius XM Radio. In January 2011, Oz premiered as part of a weekly show on the Oprah Winfrey Network called "Oprah's Allstars". In each episode, he, Suze Orman and Dr. Phil answer various questions about life, health and finance.
Dr. Oz authored six New York Times best sellers including
- YOU: The Owner’s Manual
- YOU: The Smart Patient
- YOU: On a Diet
- YOU: Staying Young
- YOU: Being Beautiful
- Healing from the Heart
- YOU: Having a Baby
He has a regular column in Esquire magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine and his article “Retool, Reboot, and Rebuild” was awarded the 2009 National Magazine Award for Personal Service.
Awards and honors
Time magazine ranked Dr. Oz 44th on its list of the 100 Most Influential People in 2008.
Esquire magazine placed him on its list of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century.
He was called a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.
He is one of “The Harvard 100 Most Influential Alumni” by 02138 magazine
He won the Gross Surgical Research Scholarship. He was listed in “Doctors of the Year” by Hippocrates magazine and in “Healers of the Millennium” by Healthy Living magazine. Dr. Oz is annually listed in the Castle Connolly Guide of the top United States doctors as well as other ranking groups.
- Honored by the New York Open Center for "outstanding research in writing and communication (and for) bridging Western and alternative/complementary medicine", 2007
- Listed in Best Doctors of the Year, New York Magazine
- Turkish American of the Year, 1996
- Books for a Better America award for Healing from the Heart, 1999
- Robert E. Gross Research Scholarship, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, 1994–1996
- Research Award, American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, 1991
- Blakemore Research Awards, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1988–1991
- One of the 500 most influential Muslims 2009
- 2010 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host
- 2011 Most Trusted Voice in Daytime Television
- 2011 James Randi Educational Foundation Media Pigasus Award, which the foundation states is for promoting "nonsense". The foundation complained about Oz's support of energy medicine, faith healing and psychic mediums, among other controversial practices. Oz is the first person to receive a Pigasus Award two years in a row
- 2011 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host
Books and publications
- YOU: Having A Baby, The Owner's Manual from Conception to Delivery and More, by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz, 2009
- YOU: Being Beautiful: The Owner's Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty, by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz, 2008, ISBN 1416572341
- YOU: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty, by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz, 2007, ISBN 0743292561
- YOU: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management, by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz, 2006, ISBN 0743292545
- YOU: The Smart Patient: An Insider's Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment, by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz, 2006, ISBN 0743293010
- YOU: The Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger, by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz, 2005, ISBN 0060765313
- YOU: Breathing Easy. Meditation and Breathing Techniques to Help You Relax, Refresh, and Revitalize, by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz, 2008
- Complementary and Alternative Cardiovascular Medicine: Clinical Handbook, by Richard A. Stein (Editor), Mehmet, M.D. Oz (Editor), 2004, ISBN 1588291863
- Healing from the Heart: A Leading Surgeon Combines Eastern and Western Traditions to Create the Medicine of the Future, by Mehmet Öz, Ron Arias, Dean Ornish, 1999, ISBN 0452279550
- Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, by Mehmet C. Oz, 2010, ISBN 1617374008
- Numerous editorials in TIME, Newsweek, O Magazine, Esquire Magazine, and The New England Journal of Medicine
- Second Opinion with Dr Oz on Discovery Health during the 2003–04 season
- Life Line on Discovery Health
- Daily Rounds on Discovery Health
- The Truth About Food on Discovery Health
- Live Transplant on Discovery Health
- National Body Challenge on Discovery Health
- You: On a Diet on Discovery Health
- Ask Dr. Oz on The Oprah Winfrey Show
- AccentHealth on Turner Private Networks—a health-themed newsmagazine program designed for viewing in doctor's offices
- The Colbert Report on Comedy Central
- The Dr. Oz Show, Syndicated