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Mehmet Oz

Professor, Columbia University

Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, MD is vice-chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and healthcare policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters and medical books and has received several patents. He performs over 300 heart operations annually.

Dr. Oz is the health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is chief medical consultant to Discovery Communications and has hosted several shows, including Second Opinion with Dr. Oz and Life Line. His Transplant! series on Discovery Health Channel won both a FREDDIE and a Silver TELLY award in September 2006.  He also served as medical director of Denzel Washington's John Q and participated in several other feature films.

Dr. Oz authored three New York Times best-sellers, including You: The Owner's Manual, You: The Smart Patient and You: On a Diet, as well as the award-winning Healing from the Heart. He has a regular column in Esquire and Reader's Digest magazines.  In 2006, he was honored as one of "The Harvard 100 Most influential Alumni" in 02138 magazine and he was one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2008.