Dr. Oz is a celebrity heart surgeon who gained fame as a regular on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ before starring in ‘The Dr. Oz Show.’ Dr. Oz is a renowned heart surgeon who has brought complementary medicine into the mainstream as a television personality, radio host and author. His first TV show, Second Opinion with Dr. Oz, lasted just one season, but regular gigs on Oprah Winfrey’s show cemented his celebrity doctor status. Oz now hosts his own health-centric TV series, The Dr. Oz Show.
In 1994, Oz established the Cardiovascular Institute and Integrative Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Media exposure followed, and with his wife, he co-authored the book Healing from the Heart: A Leading Surgeon Combines Eastern and Western Traditions to Create the Medicine of the Future, which was released in 1998.
After Oz landed Winfrey as a guest on his show, a warm working relationship developed. The talk show queen invited the surgeon to make regular appearances on her TV series, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and her radio program, Oprah & Friends. Anointed “America’s doctor” by Winfrey, Oz embraced his celebrity status with guest spots on a number of news programs and talk shows. He also began publishing the bestselling YOU book series and penning columns for Esquire and other media outlets.
Oz’s popularity rose to such heights that Winfrey offered to co-produce a TV series for him. The Dr. Oz Show debuted in 2009 to the highest daytime TV ratings on record in nine years and went on to win numerous Emmy Awards.
In addition to hosting the TV show, Oz continues to serve as vice-chairman and professor of surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He also branched out into a new form of media in 2014 with the launch of a lifestyle magazine, The Good Life.
Married since 1985, the couple has collaborated on numerous projects, including the bestselling YOU book series. They have four children, with their oldest daughter, Daphne, following in her father’s footsteps as a TV host and author.