Dr. Mehmet C. Oz is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. 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, complementary medicine, and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents. He performs over 250 heart operations annually.
Dr. Oz was born June 11, 1960 in Cleveland, Ohio and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University (1982) and obtained a joint MD and MBA (1986) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton Business 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. He lives in Cliffside Park, NJ with his wife Lisa and their four children, Daphne, Arabella, Zoe, and Oliver.
Dr. Oz is the health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is chief medical consultant to Discovery Communications and his “Transplant!” series won both a Freddie and a Silver Telly award. In addition to numerous appearances on Good Morning America, he has guest hosted The Charlie Rose Show and appeared on all the evening news broadcasts. He also served as medical director of Denzel Washington’s John Q and participated in several other feature films.
Dr. Oz authored five New York Times best-sellers, including You: The Owner’s Manual, You: The Smart Patient, You: On a Diet, You: Staying Young, as well as the award-winning Healing from the Heart. He has a regular column in Esquire magazine.
In addition to belonging to every major professional society for heart surgeons, Dr. Oz has been honored as Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People (08), a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum (99-04), and The Harvard 100 Most Influential Alumni in the 02138 Magazine, as well as receiving the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (08). He won the prestigious Gross Research Scholarship, and has received an honorary doctorate from Istanbul University. He was voted “The Best and Brightest’ by Esquire and was elected a “Doctor of the Year” by Hippocrates magazine, and “Healer of the Millenium” by Healthy Living magazine. He is annually elected as a highest-quality physician in the USA by the Castle Connolly Guide as well as other major ranking groups.
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