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Mehmet C. Oz

Host of The Dr. Oz Show, Professor of Surgery & Author


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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How We Can Achieve the Good Life

Dr. Oz started as a heart surgeon and learned that people change more based on how they feel than what they know. He will use examples in exercise and obesity to review what holds us back from changing and how we can alter that destiny. There are 5 big adjustments that control 70% of how we age and he will tackle these using clips from the show and fundamental medical insights so the audience can take home actionable tips for their friends, family, and potentially clients. He will share some communication insights learned working with Oprah and on his own show over the past 15 years. New mobile approaches can help demonstrate how he sees the health field rapidly becoming dominated by digital influences, analogous changes are spreading to financial services and leisure options. Nevertheless, the best way to live longer is to give your heart a reason to keep beating.

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