Although he's pioneering new ways of thinking about medical care, Dr. Mehmet Oz, an award-winning heart surgeon with an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a joint MD and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Wharton Business School, wasn't always sure medicine was his calling. "As a child I wanted to be either a pro athlete or a heart surgeon," says Oz. "I failed at the former, so I pursued the latter. In reality, they are scarily similar professions. You have to deliver the goods every day. And no one cares how well you performed yesterday."
Today, Dr. Oz is vice chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University and host of the five-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning The Dr. Oz Show. Previously, Dr. Oz was a featured health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show for over five seasons, spanning 55 episodes. In addition to regular appearances on the Today show, he has also been featured on Good Morning America, Larry King Live, The View, Piers Morgan Tonight, 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.
The author of seven New York Times bestsellers— including You: The Owner’s Manual, You: The Smart Patient, YOU: On a Diet, YOU: Staying Young, YOU: Being Beautiful, YOU: Having a Baby, YOU: The Owner’s Manual for Teens, as well as the award-winning Healing from the Heart, Dr. Oz also has a regular column in O, The Oprah Magazine, Time and AARP. His article Retool, Reboot, and Rebuild for Esquire magazine was awarded the 2009 National Magazine Award for Personal Service.
In his keynotes, Dr. Mehmet Oz shares his approach to medicine, which incorporates both traditional Western techniques for treating disease and alternative ideas about healthy lifestyle choices that contribute to overall wellness. He has successfully treated patients - some of them famous celebrities - with a combination of cutting-edge Western techniques and alternative Eastern therapies such as acupuncture and yoga. He encourages his audiences to become partners with their doctors.
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