- NAME: Dr. Oz
- OCCUPATION: Surgeon, Radio Talk Show Host, Talk Show Host, Journalist
- BIRTH DATE: June 11, 1960 (Age: 53)
- Did You Know?: Dr. Oz left medical school for a time to serve in the Turkish army, so that he could retain citizenship in his parents' homeland.
- EDUCATION: Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, The Wharton School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Cleveland, Ohio
- Full Name: Mehmet Cengiz Oz
- AKA: Mehmet Oz
- AKA: Dr. Oz
- Nickname: America's Doctor
- ZODIAC SIGN: Gemini
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Dr. Oz is a celebrity heart surgeon who gained fame as a regular on The Oprah Winfrey Show before starring in The Dr. Oz Show.
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Born on June 11, 1960, in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Oz is a renowned heart surgeon who has brought complementary medicine into the mainstream as a television personality, radio host and author. His first TV show, Second Opinion with Dr. Oz, lasted just one season, but regular gigs on Oprah Winfrey's show cemented his celebrity doctor status. Oz now hosts his own health-centric TV series, The Dr. Oz Show.
"I decided very early in my life that I wanted to be in the healing field. I didn't know exactly what I'd be doing. I knew that I loved being able to talk to people about their problems."
Mehmet Cengiz Oz was born to Suna and Mustafa Oz on June 11, 1960, in Cleveland, Ohio. A few years later, the family moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where Oz was raised. Though he grew up in the United States, Oz made frequent family trips to his parents' homeland of Turkey. These visits influenced the young Oz greatly, as they taught him to view the world with an open mind, which would eventually shape his work as a doctor.
Oz decided at the age of 7 that he wanted to work in the medical field, having witnessed first-hand the hope that his father brought to his patients as a surgeon at Wilmington Medical Center. "I thought ... it would feel so good if I could do that, too," Oz told Henry Louis Gates Jr. in an interview on the PBS show Faces of America. After graduation from Harvard University, Oz went on to jointly earn an MBA from The Wharton School and an MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Oz proved himself to be an exceptional surgeon, becoming a specialist in heart transplants and minimally invasive procedures. Early in his career, he treated a patient whose family would not allow a blood transfusion for religious reasons. Though the encounter initially upset him, it eventually led Oz to broaden his approach to healing. "I began to recognize that as dogmatic as I thought I could be with my knowledge base, there were certain elements of the healing process I could not capture," he said in a Life Extension magazine interview. The experience led him to seek out alternative treatments and combine them with Western medical practices.
In 1994, Oz established the Cardiovascular Institute and Integrative Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Media exposure followed, and with his wife he co-authored the book Healing from the Heart: A Leading Surgeon Combines Eastern and Western Traditions to Create the Medicine of the Future, which was released in 1998. The couple teamed up again to create Second Opinion With Dr. Oz, a television show that brought the surgeon's medical expertise to an even wider audience during its sole season in 2003. His guests included Charlie Sheen, Magic Johnson, Patti LaBelle, Quincy Jones and Oprah Winfrey.
After Oz landed Winfrey as a guest on his show, a warm working relationship developed. The talk show queen invited the surgeon to make regular appearances on her TV series, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and her radio program, Oprah & Friends. Anointed "America's doctor" by Winfrey, Oz embraced his celebrity status with guest spots on a number of news programs and talk shows.
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