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Mehmet Oz Biography

Birth Name:
Mehmet Cengiz Oz
Birth Place:
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Cardiac surgeon, author, TV host

Fast Facts

  • Was named Turkish American of the Year in 1996, and speaks Turkish fluently
  • Took time off from medical school to serve in the Turkish army in order to retain his dual citizenship
  • Has coauthored a number of medical advice books, including Healing from the Heart (1999), which won a Books for a Better America Award, and the bestselling YOU: The Owners Manual (2005)
  • Served as a consultant on heart transplantation for the Denzel Washington medical thriller John Q (2002)
  • Has appeared frequently on daytime talk show Oprah Winfrey; the host returned the favor with an appearance on Oz's limited-run Discovery Health series Second Opinion with Doctor Oz
  • Named to numerous "best doctor" lists, including New York Magazine's "Best Doctors of the Year," Healthy Living Magazine's "Healers of the Millennium" and Hippocrates Magazine's "Doctors of the Year
  • " Launched his own syndicated talk show, The Dr
  • Oz Show, in 2009