Mehmet Cengiz Oz was born on June 11, 1960 in the industrious city of Cleveland, Ohio to Turkish parents who had emigrated from the country. This birth was made possible due to his father's intelligence. Oz's father earned scholarships which allowed him to enter the United States to complete his medical residency. This served as motivation and inspiration for Oz to diligently pursue his own studies.
Mehmet Oz attended the private Tower Hill School, and upon graduating its ranks enrolled within the prestigious Harvard University. After completing his undergraduate studies, Dr. Oz was accepted into a very selective program at the University of Pennsylvania. He followed a path towards a joint MD and MBA degree from the School of Medicine, and the Wharton School of Business. In 1986, he graduated, and was awarded the Captain's Athletic Award for leadership and excellence at the school.
Dr. Oz started practicing medicine upon graduation, and took an avid interest in cardiovascular health. He is currently the Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He has published over 400 books, papers, and chapters, as well as received several patents.
Mehmet Oz's fame among those outside the medical community began when he was hired by Oprah Winfrey to appear on her show as a health expert in 2004. These appearances included discussions of issues including diabetes, and supplements among many other things.
The doctor's appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show were well received and he created his own show in 2009, The Dr. Oz Show. On this show, Oz discusses various health problems and issues that may be affecting his viewers or of interest to them. The program is syndicated, and Oz won the 2010 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host.
Dr. Oz has won a number of honors, most of which are for his contributing work towards medicine rather than show business. He has been listed in the "Best Doctors of the Year," section of New York Magazine numerous times. Oz has won many research awards from organizations such as the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.
The success that Dr. Oz achieved in his career would be impossible without his dedication and pursuit towards education. Learning will open a world of possibilities for the student, many of which they did not even imagine existing before graduation.
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