Mehmet Oz at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2012
|Born||Mehmet Cengiz Öz
June 11, 1960
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Residence||Cliffside Park, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Education||Harvard University (1982)
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1986) MBA
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1986) MD
|Occupation||Cardiac surgeon, talk show host (The Dr. Oz Show), Professor of Surgery at Columbia University author, and scientist|
|Spouse(s)||Lisa Oz (1985–present)|
Mehmet Cengiz Oz (Turkish: Öz; pronounced [mehˈmet dʒenˈɟiz øz][meh-met jhengis oz]; born June 11, 1960), also known as Dr. Oz, is an American-Turkish cardiothoracic surgeon, author, and television personality.[N 1]
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.
Early life 
Oz was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Suna and Mustafa Öz, who had emigrated from Konya Province, Turkey. 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.
Oz was educated at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1982 he received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University. 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 and then student body president during medical school.
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.
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.
Dr 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.”
Television, radio and movies 
Oz appeared as a health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show for five seasons. On the show, he addressed issues like Type 2 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.
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.
Awards and honors 
Time magazine ranked Oz at 44th on its list of the "100 Most Influential People in 2008" and 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 and 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. Oz is annually listed in the Castle Connolly Guide of the top United States doctors, as well as other ranking groups.
Other awards and honors include:
- 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
- 2011 The Independent Investigations Group IIG awarded The Truly Terrible Television award to Oz and Oprah Winfrey "for extraordinary contributions to America's scientific illiteracy and pervasive fear mongering."
Personal life 
He 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. He has been influenced by the mysticism of Sufi Muslims, as well as the ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg, the Swedish scientist, philosopher, and Christian theologian. 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?".
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."
In August 2010, Oz was diagnosed with a pre-cancerous polyp in the colon during a routine colonoscopy which was performed as part of his show. Oz said that the procedure likely saved his life.
Oz has faced criticism in the past due to his tendency to feature pseudoscience and other controversial subjects.
Arsenic in apple juice 
In September 2011, Oz drew criticism for a show focusing on the dangers of arsenic in apple juice. Oz hired an independent toxicology laboratory, EMSL, and found arsenic levels in some samples to be above the limit U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows in drinking water. A school district took apple juice off its menu after the show. The FDA said "there is currently no evidence to suggest a public health risk", and criticized the emphasis on measurements of total arsenic, and the failure to differentiate between organic and inorganic types of arsenic that pose differing levels of health risk. Nestlé, which manufactures some brands of Apple juice, also criticized the show's testing methodology, claiming that the particular testing method used was intended for testing water, not juice, and for that reason, the results would be "unreliable at best."
Consumer Reports conducted similar tests on samples of apple and grape juices around the same time. Unlike the tests done by Dr. Oz, Consumer Reports tested for both organic and inorganic types of arsenic. In these tests, 6% (5 out of 80) of the samples exceeded the 10-ppb federal limit for total drinking water. However, if one only counts inorganic arsenic, only one of the 80 apple juice samples tested exceeded 10-ppb limit, and only slightly (10.48). These limits apply only to drinking water; there are no legal limits for arsenic in juices, although after the Dr. Oz show aired, the FDA indicated it is continuing to research the levels of arsenic in juices and other foods, and may implement limits in the future.
Real Age drug marketing 
Oz is a spokesman and advisor for the website RealAge.com, which The New York Times has criticized for its pharmaceutical marketing practices. The site solicits medical information from visitors to determine a visitor’s biological age and then uses the visitor's medical profile for pharmaceutical marketing purposes. As The Times reporter explained the significance of this fact: "While few people would fill out a detailed questionnaire about their health and hand it over to a drug company looking for suggestions for new medications, that is essentially what RealAge is doing."
Alternative medicine 
Oz is a supporter of integrative medicine, combining conventional medical treatments with alternative therapies such as hypnosis, prayer, energy healing, and homeopathy. Oz's wife, Lisa, is described as a master of Reiki, a form of energy healing. Oz has described homeopathy to be "worth considering" for headaches as an "adjunct" therapy (i.e., in addition to conventional remedies), despite the fact that scientific and medical communities generally view homeopathy as ineffective and worthless. Some conventional medical practitioners allege that Oz is promoting unproven and harmful alternative medicine practices on The Oprah Winfrey Show and elsewhere. 
Reparative therapy of homosexuals 
An episode of The Dr. Oz Show that aired on November 28, 2012, was devoted to "reparative therapy". Advocates of this practice view homosexuality as an illness or mental health problem that can be "cured". The American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and others maintain that homosexuality is not an illness. The broadcast featured spokesperson Julie Hamilton, PhD., of NARTH, the primary organization in favor of reparative therapy, as well as representatives of GLAAD, and others. LGBT advocacy groups condemned Oz for providing a platform for reparative therapy advocates. Oz wrote on his blog that he "felt they needed to include all parties [in a discussion]" but agreed with established medical consensus that the data does not support any positive results for reparative therapy. The statements did not appease members of the LGBT community.
- 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 0-452-27955-0.
- Complementary and Alternative Cardiovascular Medicine: Clinical Handbook, by Richard A. Stein (Editor), Mehmet, M.D. Oz (Editor), 2004, ISBN 1-58829-186-3.
- 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 0-06-076531-3.
- YOU: On a Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management, by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz, 2006, ISBN 0-7432-9254-5.
- YOU: The Smart Patient: An Insider's Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment, by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz, 2006, ISBN 0-7432-9301-0.
- YOU: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty, by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz, 2007, ISBN 0-7432-9256-1.
- YOU: Being Beautiful: The Owner's Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty, by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz, 2008, ISBN 1-4165-7234-1.
- YOU: Breathing Easy: Meditation and Breathing Techniques to Help You Relax, Refresh, and Revitalize, by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz, 2008.
- YOU: Having a Baby: The Owner's Manual from Conception to Delivery and More, by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz, 2009.
- Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, by Mehmet C. Oz, 2010, ISBN 1-61737-400-8.
- Numerous editorials in TIME, Newsweek, O Magazine, Esquire Magazine, and The New England Journal of Medicine
Television shows 
- Second Opinion with Dr Oz on Discovery 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
- Your Life A to Z with Dr. Oz
- NY Med on ABC
- Oz has dual citizenship with both the Republic of Turkey and his native United States of America.
- Dr. Mehmet Oz and his religion Islam, and how it is as being a Muslim, PBS.org.
- "Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television To Launch Dr. Oz". Oprah.com. June 13, 2008.
- Zak, Lana (2009-08-31). "Dr. Oz on Complementary Medicine: 'Challenge the Status Quo'". Good Morning America. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
- "Faces of America: Dr. Mehmet Oz", PBS, Faces of America series, with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 2010.
- "Dr. Mehmet Öz’ün Düzce’ye uzanan soyağacı". Jineps. 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2011-09-17.
- "EXECUTIVE PROFILE: Mehmet C. Oz M.D". Business Week. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
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- "Mehmet Oz | Professor, Columbia University". Big Think. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- "Sharecare, Inc.". Businessweek.com. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
- Moukheiber, Zina (2010-11-16). "Names You Need To Know In 2011: Sharecare". Forbes.com. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
- Michael Specter. “The Operator: Is the most trusted doctor in America doing more harm than good?” ‘’The New Yorker’’, Feb. 4, 2013.
- "Live your best Life". Oprah.com. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- "Oprah Winfrey takes on a killer: type 2 diabetes". USA Today. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
- Smillie, Dirk (16 June 2009). "A Headache For Dr. Oz". Forbes.
- "The FREDDIE Awards". Thefreddies.com. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- "The 31st Annual TELLY Awards | Winners". Tellyawards.com. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- "American Society of Magazine Editors - 2010 National Magazine Awards Winners Announced!". Magazine.org. 2010-04-22. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- "The 2008 Time 100". Time. 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
- Five, Column (2008-09-16). "Influential People - 21st Century". Esquire. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- "Listing". Neco.org. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- "Mehmet Oz Biography". tvguide.com. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
- "Doctor Listings". Castleconnolly.com. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- "Welcome to The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre". Rissc.jo. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- "Which Celebrities Can You Trust?". E-Score Celebrity: Ranked by Attribute “Trustworthy”. 2010-09-10. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
- Mestel, Rosie (April 1, 2011). "Dr. Oz, Andrew Wakefield and others, um, 'honored' by James Randi". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- "News Update: September 2011". Iigwest.com. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
- 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."
- Married on July 29, 1985 in Bryn Athyn, PA - New Church Life, 1985, p. 430.
- "The Wizard of Dr Oz - talkturkey". Talkturkey.us. 2009-07-19. Retrieved 2010-05-22.[dead link]
- Brown, Chip (1995-07-30). "The Experiments of Dr. Oz". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
- Dr. Oz (2010) (in English) (Flash Video=). Islam and Identity. PBS. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/facesofamerica/video/islam-and-identity/140/. Retrieved 4/22/2120.
- "Henry Louis Gates Jr. Faces of America: Dr. Mehmet Oz". Theroot.com. 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
- Gardner, Martin (2010) Swedenborg and Dr. Oz. Skeptical Inquirer, vol. 34, no. 5. 
- "Spirituality & Health: Mehmet Oz Finds His Teacher". Spirituality-health.com. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
- Skube, Daneen. "Become a wizard of multitasking!". Chicago Tribune.
- "Dr. Oz 'high risk' after cancer scare". USAToday.com. 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
- Triggs, Charlotte (2010-09-01). "Dr. Oz Has Colon Cancer Scare". People. Retrieved 2010-11-30.
- "Arsenic in apple juice - Dr Oz's extensive national investigation". Doctoroz.com. 2011-09-09. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
- "School District Pulls Apple Juice from Menu after Dr. Oz Report on Arsenic (Medical Daily, Sept. 15, 2011)". Medicaldaily.com. 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
- Apple juice safe despite arsenic, FDA tells Dr. Oz (CBS News, Sept. 15, 2011)
- "FDA Slams 'Dr. Oz' for Apple Juice Report (MedPage Today, Sept. 15, 2011)". Medpagetoday.com. 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
- Apple Juice Showdown: Dr. Oz Arsenic Claim Questioned by Dr. Besser (ABC News, Sept. 15, 2011)
- "Dr. Oz Answers Your Questions About Arsenic in Apple Juice | The Dr. Oz Show". Doctoroz.com. 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
- The Atlantic Wire (2011-12-01). "Dr. Oz Vindicated: New Study Finds High Arsenic Levels in Apple Juice". Theatlantic.com. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
- "Consumer Reports tests juices for arsenic and lead". Consumer Reports. Nov 30, 2011. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
- Food and Drug Administration (November 29, 2011). "FDA Statement: Arsenic in Apple Juice". doctoroz.com. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- Stephanie Clifford (March 25, 2009). "Online Age Quiz Is a Window for Drug Makers". The New York Times. Retrieved May 20, 2012.
- "Senator Tom Harkin: NCCAM and inviting the Four Horsemen of the Woo-pocalypse into the Senate: Respectful Insolence". Scienceblogs.com. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
- "Reiki for all aspects of your life". createhealingreiki.com. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
- "Dr. Oz Recommends Homeopathy in Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine". Homeopathyresource.wordpress.com. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
- "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy". UK Parliament. 2010-02-22. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
- "Supported by science?: What Canadian naturopaths advertise to the public". Retrieved January 15, 2013. "Within the non-CAM scientific community, homeopathy has long been viewed as a sham"
- Paul S. Boyer. The Oxford Companion to United States History. ISBN 9780195082098. Retrieved January 15, 2013. "After 1847, when regular doctors organized the American Medical Association (AMA), that body led the war on “quackery,” especially targeting dissenting medical groups such as homeopaths, who prescribed infinitesimally small doses of medicine. Ironically, even as the AMA attacked all homeopathy as quackery, educated homeopathic physicians were expelling untrained “quacks” from their ranks."
- James Randi (1995). An encyclopedia of claims, frauds, and hoaxes of the occult and supernatural. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 9780312109745.
- "Homeopathy: The Ultimate Fake". Quackwatch.org. Retrieved 2011-09-16.
- "The Oprah-fication of medicine". Science-Based Medicine. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
- "You. You. Who are you calling a You You?". Science-Based Medicine. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
- "David & Goliath: A Dramatic Role Reversal Spurred On By The Media". Science-Based Medicine. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
- Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation and Youth: a Primer for Principals, Educators, and School Personnel. Just the Facts Coalition. 2008. p. 5.
- "Dr. Oz's Reparative Or 'Ex-Gay' Episode Prompts Backlash From GLAAD, PFLAG And GLSEN". Retrieved 2013-01-25.
- "Dr. Oz: Cooking for your health".
Further reading 
- Brown, Heidi, "Oprah Loves This Doctor", Forbes magazine, August 4, 2008
- Michael Specter, The Operator. Is the most trusted doctor in America doing more harm than good? The New Yorker, February 4, 2013.
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