He is a well known television host, a successful author, a professor, and, foremost, a brilliant heart surgeon.
Mehmet Cengiz Öz, better known as Dr. Oz, is a Turkish-American. He was born in 1960 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Suna and Mustafa Öz, who had emigrated from Konya Province, Turkey. His father, born in Bozkır, a small town in central Turkey, had earned scholarships that allowed him to emigrate to the United States as a medical resident in 1955. Suna who comes from a wealthy İstanbul family, is the daughter of a pharmacist with Circassian (Shapsug) descent on her mother’s side.
Oz was educated at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1982, he received his undergraduate degree in biology at Harvard University, four years later obtaining his MD and MBA degrees respectively at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Penn’s Wharton 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 and his research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, and health care policy.
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”.
Oz first appeared on 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.
Dr. Oz will take the stage this May in Bucharest to talk more on how we should take our lives to the next level.
Meanwhile, he was kind enough to answer some of our questions.
TheTrends.ro: What’s your daily fitness and diet like?
Dr. Oz: Awaken at 6am, yoga & calisthenics for 7 minutes (on doctoroz.com), shower, moisturize, Juice drink on way to work, arrive at work around 7am for briefings (or rounds on patients on Thursdays). Blueberry and 2% fat yogurt for breakfast, nuts for mid-morning snack.
TheTrends.ro: You’re a promoter of healthy living and stayng fit. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Dr. Oz: Chocolate covered nuts.
TheTrends.ro: Which was the best advice you received while in medical school?
Dr. Oz: People don’t change based on what they know. Rather they change based on how they feel.
TheTrends.ro: If you were to choose another career, which would it be?
Dr. Oz: I would say professional football player.
TheTrends.ro: In your opinion, which are the most valuable qualities that o doctor should have?
Dr. Oz: Compassion. Patients need love in their lives.
TheTrends.ro: Could you please tell us 3 things that brought you the most joy in your life?
Dr. Oz: Family, great food, competitive sports.
TheTrends.ro: You are taking the stage in Bucharest this May. What are you going to talk about and how can we take our life to the next level?
Dr. Oz: As a heart surgeon, I have learned that people change more based on how they feel than what they know. We 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 we 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.
I will share some communication insights learned working with Oprah and on my own show over the past 15 years. New mobile approaches can help demonstrate how I see the health field rapidly becoming dominated by digital influences, analogous changes are spreading to financial services and leisure options. Care giving people always finding opportunities to serve their communities, and should harvest this wisdom in support their own health. After all, if you are not healthy, you cannot help your family and friends.