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What Qualifies Dr. Oz to be Dr. Oz?

by Nicole Nutter

I'm sure you've all seen The Dr. Oz Show or at least heard of it, but some of you may question his authenticity and ask, Should I listen to this guy? Well folks, breathe easy, because this guy is for real! He isn't shy about it either, all of his details are listed in his biography right on his website. If he was a fraud, he probably wouldn't be so quick to brag.

Dr. Oz received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University. He also obtained an MD and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Wharton Business School. Not only does Dr. Oz have all required credentials and qualifications, he has much more than that (and we don't just mean his TV show). Since 2001 he has been a professor of Cardiac Surgery at Columbia University and is now Vice-Chair of their Department of Surgery, not to mention, he is also the Director of the Heart Assistance Device Program and founder of the Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

He gets better. Dr. Oz is the author of seven, that's right, seven New York Times best sellers. He is a regular columnist for TIME Magazine, AARP, Esquire magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine, and is the host of a daily radio talk show. He was featured in 55 episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show and has also appeared on Good Morning America, the Today show, The View, and Larry King Live. Enough already, this doctor has been busy.

To take a break from noting all of his professional experience, we'd like to give you a few personal facts about Dr. Oz (you know, just in case you're ever on Jeopardy or anything).

     His first name is Mehmet.
     He was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Delaware.
     He currently lives in northern New Jersey (but we don?t think he fist pumps).
     He has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 26 years.
     They have four children named Daphne, Arabella, Zoe and Oliver.
     His birthday is June 11, which makes him a Gemini (and makes us supporters of the Tropical zodiac. Let's hear it for tradition!)
     During medical school he was Class President.
     Then he went on to be President of the Student Body during med school (show off).
     He is a member of every major professional society for heart surgeons (show off).

The Best and Brightest, a Doctor of the Year, and Healer of the Millennium are all titles Oz has won. He is part of Harvard's 100 Most Influential Alumni, and Esquire named him one of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century. As if he didn't have enough on his resume, in 2008 TIME Magazine dubbed him one of their 100 Most Influential People, and in both 2010 and 2011, Dr. Oz was named Forbes #3 most influential celebrity.

So the next time someone is wondering whether this guy knows what he is talking about or not, we think you can now assure them that he absolutely does. Plus, we really like his TV show, and bet you do as well. Do you have an opinion on Dr. Oz or The Dr. Oz Show? We'd love to hear about it (don?t worry, if it's less than favorable, we won't tell him).

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