Dr. Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon, author, and television personality.
Dr. Oz first appeared on the The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004, and later on Larry King Live and other TV programs. In 2009, Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures launched The Dr. Oz Show, a daily television program focusing on medical issues and personal health.
Dr. 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. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, and health care policy. With his collaborators, he has authored over 400 research papers, book chapters and medical books and has received several patents. He performs around 250 heart operations annually.
Dr. Oz is the founder and chairman of HealthCorps, a non-profit organization that pays a small stipend to recent college graduates to spend two years in high schools mentoring students about health, nutrition, and fitness.
In 2009, Dr. Oz joined Jeffrey T. Arnold (founder of WebMD) as co-founder of Sharecare, Inc., providing an interactive QA platform that allows industry experts to answer health-related questions.
Dr. Oz appeared as a health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show for five seasons. On the show, he addressed issues like diabetes and promoted resveratrol supplements, which he claimed were anti-aging. His Transplant! television series won both a Freddie and a Silver Telly award.
Dr. Oz has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today show, Larry King Live and The View, as well as guest-hosting the Charlie Rose show. In addition, he served as medical director of Denzel Washington’s John Q. He currently hosts The Dr. Oz Show on television and a talk show on Sirius XM Radio. In January 2011, Oz premiered as part of a weekly show on the Oprah Winfrey Network called “Oprah’s Allstars”. In each episode, he, Suze Orman and Dr. Phil answer various questions about life, health and finance.
Dr. Oz co-authored, with Michael F. Roizen, six New York Times best sellers including You: The Owner’s Manual, You: The Smart Patient,You: On a Diet, You: Staying Young, You: Being Beautiful as well as Healing from the Heart. His book You: Having a Baby was published by Free Press in 2009. He has a regular column in Esquire magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine and his article “Retool, Reboot, and Rebuild” was awarded the 2009 National Magazine Award for Personal Service.
How Dr. Oz Made His Money – Doctor, Author and Television Personality
Estimated Net Worth: $7.5 Million
Birthday: June 11, 1960
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