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Mehmet Oz, M.D.
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Dr. 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. Dr. Oz is the health expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and will launch his own talk show, “The Dr. Oz Show” in September 2009. He has authored or co-authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents. He performs 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 of 23 years and their 4 children, Daphne, Arabella, Zoe, and Oliver.

He has served as chief medical consultant to Discovery Communications, where his “Transplant!” series won both a Freddie and a Silver Telly award. In addition to numerous appearances on Good Morning America, he has also appeared on the Today Show, Larry King Live, The View, 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”, and “YOU: Being Beautiful” as well as the award-winning “Healing from the Heart”. He has a regular column in Esquire magazine. Recently, Dr. Oz’s article “Retool, Reboot, and Rebuild” for Esquire was awarded the 2009 National Magazine Award for Personal Service.

Dr. Oz is also the host of a daily talk show on Sirius XM Radio’s “Oprah Radio” on XM Channel 156 and on Sirius Channel 195 (as part of its “Best of XM” package).

In addition to belonging to every major professional society for heart surgeons, Dr. Oz has been honored as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People (08), Esquire Magazine’s 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century, 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 Surgical Research Scholarship, and has received an honorary doctorate from Istanbul University, He was voted "The Best and Brightest" by Esquire Magazine, a “Doctor of the Year” by Hippocrates magazine and “Healer of the Millennium” by Healthy Living magazine. He is annually elected as a highest quality physician by the Castle Connolly Guide as well as other major ranking groups.

Entries by Mehmet Oz, M.D.

The Silver Lining of Mental Illness

(407) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 5:35 PM

When I attended the candlelight vigil memorializing the shooting victims of the Newtown Massacre, I talked with people in the community who kept trying to understand the complex machinations in a sick mind that commits such a senseless act. The Newtown shooting created a new sense of urgency to understand...

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The HPV and Cancer Stats You Can't Afford to Ignore

(198) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 12:05 PM

While preparing for tomorrow's show on HPV, I came across some shocking statistics. Perhaps most shocking of all was this: 75-80 percent of sexually-active adults will have been infected with HPV before the age of 50. Why is this important? Because HPV can potentially put you at risk...

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Transforming Health Care: A Growing Movement Is Happening In Your Hometown

(79) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 9:13 AM

There is a reason the rich and famous from around the globe travel to the United States when they need critical care. They come here because we have the best doctors, nurses, researchers and hospitals in the world. Bar none.

But there is a dangerous divide between the high-quality, world-class...

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Resolute About Resolutions

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2011 | 5:55 PM

This is going to be a good year for you. Why am I so positive? I recently came across some evidence to back up my sunny forecast. My friend John C. Norcross, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Scranton and coauthor of the book "Changing for Good," recently...

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Why We Came: A Thanksgiving Thought

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 1:00 PM


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Meeting Shaketa and many other new friends at our Chicago Health Expo this month are at the top of my Thanksgiving blessings this year. She was with her 10 year old son at the free health screening, and this Thanksgiving she has a new...

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Hormone Therapy: Why Hormone Replacement Could Save Your Life, Not Threaten It

(246) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 7:30 AM


We wouldn't blame you if the latest round of horror story headlines about hormone therapy (HT) and breast cancer inspired you to flush your pills. Scary? Absolutely. But less so and in fact even misleading when you know three things.

Yes, we beg to differ strongly that...

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When the Doctor Becomes a Patient

(157) Comments | Posted September 6, 2010 | 1:57 PM

My life was changed this month and I hope that by sharing my experience, it may save yours. I turned 50 in June and decided with the producers of The Dr. Oz Show to get a colonoscopy to demonstrate to the audience what is recommended and what they could expect....

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The Best Father's Day Gift

(50) Comments | Posted June 18, 2010 | 6:05 PM

Its time for some guy talk. Women, you are welcome to listen too, since this affects the men in your lives and you are in a position to lengthen and even save them. Father's Day is coming up, and it's a time to focus on the most rewarding part of...

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A Requiem For The Pursuit Of Knowledge

(53) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 4:08 PM

Sea World Tragedy Shows Both The Risk in Understanding Animals and The Nobility in a Life Spent Pursuing a Deeper Relationship

It was with shock and sadness last week that I read the news of the death of Dawn Brancheau, the trainer at Sea World who died during the Shamu...

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The Consequence Of Sweetness: There's No Such Thing As 'Just A Little Sugar'

(574) Comments | Posted February 12, 2010 | 7:39 AM

I want to introduce you to a brave woman at the hospital where I work. Her name is Laureen. At 34 years old, she was an active nurse -- vibrant, full of life and a volunteer EMT. But now, 10 years later, she spends three days a week tethered to...

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Dr. Oz's BIG Sleep Tips (VIDEO)

(16) Comments | Posted January 14, 2010 | 5:16 AM

Arianna Huffington and Cindi Leive pose a very significant challenge to this nation -- to get seven and a half hours of sleep just for a month. I applaud them for seeking a less stressed, happier universe that is full of clearer thinking, immune system-boosted humans. And let me offer...

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It's All in How You See It: The Resolution Revolution

(136) Comments | Posted December 31, 2009 | 9:29 AM

Here are my suggested resolutions for 2010: Have more sex, get more sleep, and never let yourself feel hungry. Sound hedonistic? These three resolutions will save and lengthen your life, and they are very realistic and noble goals. New Year's resolutions were never so much fun -- it's all in...

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"The View" of What's In a Name?

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2009 | 11:55 AM

with Craig Wynett and Art Markman, Ph.D.

I was planning my visit on "The View" last week to discuss the new "YOU: Having a Baby" book and started thinking about the importance of the names that our parents present to us after the arduous nine-month pregnancy journey. Some names reflect...

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Under Pressure: Your Body The Weathervane

(48) Comments | Posted December 7, 2009 | 3:40 PM

I want to talk about the weather, and not to make small talk. I want to talk about how the weather affects our bodies and our lives. Our instinctual ancestral memories remind us of the power of nature. We watch major hurricanes, tsunamis, volcanoes, blizzards and tornadoes change entire countries....

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Flicking The Switch: The Phenomenal Circuit Board Of The Epigenetic Frontier

(61) Comments | Posted November 29, 2009 | 8:57 AM

There are many myths that surround procreation. Perhaps the biggest one is that a baby will inherit its genetic blend from its parents and whatever winds up in this software code of life is to be endured for better or worse. Nothing can be done to change it. We were...

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The Great Mammography Debate: "Peace of Mind" Or "Power Of Me?" What Kind Of Person Are You?

(31) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 8:40 AM

The news last week that the Unites States Preventive Screening Task Force was recommending women without risk factors begin mammograms at age 50 instead of 40 was the medical shot heard round the world. Within a day we had thousands of angry and confused emails from Americans scared by the...

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Real Health Care Reform: What's Next?

(111) Comments | Posted November 12, 2009 | 5:27 PM

On a recent episode of my show, I met a woman named Sandi. Her eyes streamed with tears as she told me about how she binged on food every night after her children were asleep. She was at her wit's end. She was suffering with complications from obesity -- borderline...

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The Shame in Breaking Records

(45) Comments | Posted September 28, 2009 | 12:03 PM

As I listened to 14 month old Analeigha Rivera's tiny heart in the Reliant Center in Houston, I could hear the murmur interrupting her regular rhythm as blood swished through a hole between the main chambers of the heart. An echocardiogram confirmed the diagnosis, so I could show her mother...

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What YOU Can Do About Health Care Reform

(222) Comments | Posted August 3, 2009 | 8:03 AM

I just returned from the sun-drenched Rockies where the 2009 Aspen Health Forum, hosted by the Aspen Institute and TIME magazine was held. The clarity of mind induced by the fresh mountain air (or perhaps the neutral venue and balanced conversations) crystallized my vision for meaningful health care reform, which...

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What I Learned on The Oprah Show

(62) Comments | Posted May 10, 2009 | 9:50 PM

After five years and 55 episodes, my time as a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show comes to an end this Tuesday, May 12. When I walked onto the stage for this episode, it was the first time in my five years on the show that I had absolutely...

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