Mehmet Oz

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Mehmet Oz
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Mehmet Oz at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2012
BornMehmet Cengiz Öz
(1960-06-11) June 11, 1960 (age 53)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
ResidenceCliffside Park, New Jersey, United States
EducationHarvard University (1982)
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1986) MBA
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1986) MD
OccupationCardiac surgeon, talk show host (The Dr. Oz Show), Professor of Surgery at Columbia University author, and scientist
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Lisa Oz (1985–present)
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Mehmet Oz
Mehmet Oz - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012.jpg
Mehmet Oz at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2012
BornMehmet Cengiz Öz
(1960-06-11) June 11, 1960 (age 53)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
ResidenceCliffside Park, New Jersey, United States
EducationHarvard University (1982)
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1986) MBA
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1986) MD
OccupationCardiac surgeon, talk show host (The Dr. Oz Show), Professor of Surgery at Columbia University author, and scientist
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Lisa Oz (1985–present)

Mehmet Cengiz Öz (Turkish: [mehˈmet dʒenˈɟiz øz]; born June 11, 1960), also known as Dr. Oz, is a Turkish-American[N 1] cardiothoracic surgeon, author, and television personality.

Oz first appeared on the The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004, and later on Larry King Live and other TV programs. In 2009, The Dr. Oz Show, a daily television program focusing on medical issues and personal health was launched by Winfrey's Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mehmet Oz was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Suna and Mustafa Öz, who had emigrated from Konya Province, Turkey.[2][3] Mustafa Öz was born in Bozkır, a small town in central Turkey. Mustafa Öz earned scholarships that allowed him to emigrate to the United States as a medical resident in 1955. Suna Öz (née Atabay), who comes from a wealthy İstanbul family, is the daughter of a pharmacist with Shapsug descent on her mother's side. He has two sisters, Seval Oz and Nazlim Oz.[3][4]

Oz was educated at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware.[5] In 1982 he received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University.[6] In 1986 he obtained MD and MBA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine[5] and The Wharton School, respectively.[7] He was awarded the Captain's Athletic Award for leadership in college[8] and was class president and then student body president during medical school.[9]


Oz has been a professor at the Department of Surgery at Columbia University since 2001.[10] He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.[11] 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.

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, Oz joined Jeffrey T. Arnold (founder of WebMD) as co-founder of Sharecare, Inc.,[12] providing an interactive QA platform that allows industry experts to answer health-related questions.[13]

Oz described his philosophy to The New Yorker: "I want no more barriers between patient and medicine. I would take us all back a thousand years, when our ancestors lived in small villages and there was always a healer in that village."[14]

Television, radio and movies[edit]

Oz appeared as a health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show for five seasons.[15] On the show, he addressed issues like Type 2 diabetes[16] and promoted resveratrol supplements, which he stated were anti-aging.[17] His Transplant! television series won both a Freddie[18] and a Silver Telly award.[19] 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.[20] He currently hosts The Dr. Oz Show on television and a talk show on Sirius XM Radio.[3] 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. He also currently does a health segment on 1010 WINS titled "Your Daily Dose."


Oz co-authored, with Michael F. Roizen, 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 as well as Healing from the Heart. His book You: Having a Baby was published by Free Press in 2009. 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.[21]

Dr Oz and Hearst Corporation launched bi-monthly magazine Dr. Oz The Good Life on February 4 2014.[22]

Awards and honors[edit]

Mehmet Oz at ServiceNation in 2008

Time magazine ranked Oz at 44th on its list of the "100 Most Influential People in 2008"[23] and Esquire magazine placed him on its list of the "75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century".[24] He was called a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum[3] and one of "The Harvard 100 Most Influential Alumni" by 02138 magazine.[25] He won the Gross Surgical Research Scholarship.[25] He was listed in "Doctors of the Year" by Hippocrates magazine and in "Healers of the Millennium" by Healthy Living magazine.[26] Oz is annually listed in the Castle Connolly Guide of the top United States doctors,[27] as well as other ranking groups noted below.

Other awards and honors include:


Popular Science[34] and The New Yorker[14] have expressed criticism of Dr. Oz for his non-scientific advice. These criticisms include questioning if he is "doing more harm than good".[14] In an article in Slate, a medical researcher said that Oz's work bordered on quackery.[35] The James Randi Educational Foundation has given Oz its Pigasus Award for Refusal to Face Reality at least three times.[36] Dr. Oz has been supportive of pseudosciences such as faith healing[37][38] and psychic communication with the dead.[39][36][40]

Personal life[edit]

Oz and his wife Lisa

Oz lives in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, with his wife Lisa.[41] They have been married since 1985[42] and have four children. His eldest daughter is author and television host Daphne Oz. The other three are Arabella, Zoe and Oliver.

Oz is fluent in English and Turkish.[43] He is a holder of Turkish and American citizenship, having served in the Turkish Army to retain his Turkish citizenship.[44]

Oz grew up in a mixed Muslim environment where his father's family were conservatives who believed in the integration of Islam and government, while his mother's family were more secular Muslims.[45] He has been influenced by the mysticism of Sufi Muslims,[46] as well as the ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg, the Swedish scientist, philosopher, and Christian theologian.[47] He wrote in Spirituality and Health Magazine in 2010 that "As I came into contact with Swedenborg's many writings, I began to understand Swedenborg's profound insights and how they applied directly to my life". He mentions Swedenborg's ideas that marriage lasts to eternity, everyone has a purpose in this world, God is love, and Swedenborg's answers to "Why do bad things happen?".[48]

Oz is a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation. "When I meditate, I go to that place where truth lives", he said. "I can see what reality really is, and it is so much easier to form good relationships then."[49]

In August 2010, Oz was diagnosed with a pre-cancerous polyp in the colon during a routine colonoscopy[50] which was performed as part of his show. Oz said that the procedure likely saved his life.[51]


Television shows[edit]


  1. ^ Oz has dual citizenship with both the Republic of Turkey and United States of America.


  1. ^ "Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television To Launch Dr. Oz". June 13, 2008. 
  2. ^ Zak, Lana (2009-08-31). "Dr. Oz on Complementary Medicine: 'Challenge the Status Quo'". Good Morning America. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Faces of America: Dr. Mehmet Oz", PBS, Faces of America series, with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 2010.
  4. ^ "Dr. Mehmet Öz’ün Düzce’ye uzanan soyağacı". Jineps. 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  5. ^ a b Rys, Richard (October 30, 2009). "Exit Interview: Dr. Oz". Philadelphia. Metrocorp. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ "EXECUTIVE PROFILE: Mehmet C. Oz M.D". Business Week. Retrieved January 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ Ratner, Lizzy (2007-08-14). "The Great and Powerful Dr. Oz". New York Observer. Retrieved 2007-09-24. [dead link]
  8. ^ "MEHMET C. OZ, M.D.". WKEF-TV. 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-07-04. 
  9. ^ "Dr Oz – The Dr Oz Show". Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  10. ^ "Mehmet C. Oz, MD, FACS – Department of Surgery". Retrieved 2011-09-16. 
  11. ^ "Mehmet Oz | Professor, Columbia University". Big Think. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  12. ^ "Sharecare, Inc.". Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  13. ^ Moukheiber, Zina (2010-11-16). "Names You Need To Know In 2011: Sharecare". Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  14. ^ a b c Michael Specter (February 4, 2013). "The Operator". The New Yorker. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Live your best Life". Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  16. ^ "Oprah Winfrey takes on a killer: type 2 diabetes". USA Today. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  17. ^ Smillie, Dirk (16 June 2009). "A Headache For Dr. Oz". Forbes. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "The FREDDIE Awards". Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  19. ^ "The 31st Annual TELLY Awards | Winners". Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  20. ^
  21. ^ "American Society of Magazine Editors – 2010 National Magazine Awards Winners Announced!". 2010-04-22. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  22. ^ "Dr. Oz magazine launch set for Feb. 4". New York Post. 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  23. ^ "The 2008 Time 100". Time. 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  24. ^ Five, Column (2008-09-16). "Influential People – 21st Century". Esquire. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  25. ^ a b "Listing". Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  26. ^ a b c d e "Mehmet Oz Biography". Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  27. ^ "Doctor Listings". Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  28. ^ "AATS: Research Scholar Recipients". American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  29. ^ a b "Staff Profile Mehmet C. Oz, MD, FACS". Columbia University Medical Center. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Welcome to The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre". Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  31. ^ "Which Celebrities Can You Trust?". E-Score Celebrity: Ranked by Attribute "Trustworthy". 2010-09-10. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  32. ^ Mestel, Rosie (April 1, 2011). "Dr. Oz, Andrew Wakefield and others, um, 'honored' by James Randi". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  33. ^ "News Update: September 2011". 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  34. ^ Lecher, Colin (January 30, 2013). "Is Dr. Oz Bad For Science?". Popular Science. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Dr. Oz's Miraculous Medical Advice". Slate. January 1, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  36. ^ a b "JREF's Pigasus Awards "Honors" Dubious Peddlers of "Woo"". James Randi Educational Foundation. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  37. ^ "Is This Man a Faith Healer?". The Dr. Oz Show. January 31, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  38. ^ Orac (February 2, 2011). "Dr. Oz's journey to the Dark Side is now complete: Faith healing quackery glorified". ScienceBlogs. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  39. ^ "The Long Island Medium". The Dr. Oz Show. Aptril 21, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  40. ^ Logan, Michael (March 14, 2011). "Dr. Oz Says Psychic John Edward "Changed My Life"". TV Guide. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  41. ^ Bruni, Frank. "Dr. Does-It-All", The New York Times, April 16, 2010. Accessed March 22, 2011. "That is his base line, to which he adds more yoga, short runs and basketball games with friends near his home in Cliffside Park, N.J., when he can."
  42. ^ Married on July 29, 1985 in Bryn Athyn, PA – New Church Life, 1985, p. 430.
  43. ^ "The Wizard of Dr Oz – talkturkey". 2009-07-19. Retrieved 2010-05-22. [dead link]
  44. ^ Brown, Chip (1995-07-30). "The Experiments of Dr. Oz". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  45. ^ Dr. Oz (2010). Islam and Identity (Flash Video) (in English). PBS. Retrieved 2120-04-22. 
  46. ^ "Henry Louis Gates Jr. Faces of America: Dr. Mehmet Oz". 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  47. ^ Gardner, Martin (2010) "Swedenborg and Dr. Oz." Skeptical Inquirer, vol. 34, no. 5. [1]
  48. ^ "Spirituality & Health: Mehmet Oz Finds His Teacher". Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  49. ^ Skube, Daneen. "Become a wizard of multitasking!". Chicago Tribune. 
  50. ^ "Dr. Oz 'high risk' after cancer scare". 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  51. ^ Triggs, Charlotte (2010-09-01). "Dr. Oz Has Colon Cancer Scare". People. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  52. ^ "Dr. Oz: Cooking for your health". 

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