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Dr. Oz biography

Date of birth : 1960-06-11
Date of death : -
Birthplace :
Nationality : Turkish-American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-08-19
Credited as : Cardiothoracic surgeon, author, television host

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Mehmet Cengiz Oz, best known as Dr. Oz, is a Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon, author, and host and commentator for the syndicated daily television program focusing on medical issues/personal health, The Dr. Oz Show.

Oz first appeared on the The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004, and later on Larry King Live and other TV programs. In 2009, Winfrey's Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures launched The Dr. Oz Show.

Oz lives in Cliffside Park, New Jersey with his wife Lisa. They have been married since 1985 and have four children. The second names of his children are Turkish: Daphne Nur, Arabella Sezen, Zoe Yasemin and Oliver Mustafa.

Oz is fluent in both English and Turkish. He is a holder of both Turkish and American citizenship, having served in the Turkish Army to retain his Turkish citizenship.

His father's family believes in the integration of Islam and government; his mother's family are secular Muslims. As he stated in a PBS interview with Henry Louis Gates, Jr, Dr.Oz is a Muslim who practices Sufi Islam.

Due to its emphasis on spirituality like in Sufi Islam, Dr. Oz also reads Emanuel Swedenborg, the Swedish scientist, philosopher, and Christian theologian. He recently wrote in Spirituality and Health Magazine that "As I came into contact with Swedenborg's many writings, I began to understand Swedenborg's profound insights and how they applied directly to my life". He mentions Swedenborg's ideas that marriage lasts to eternity, everyone has a purpose in this world, God is love, and Swedenborg's answers to "Why do bad things happen?".

Oz is a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation. "When I meditate, I go to that place where truth lives," he said. "I can see what reality really is, and it is so much easier to form good relationships then."

Television shows:

Second Opinion with Dr Oz on Discovery Health during the 2003–04 season
Life Line on Discovery Health
Daily Rounds on Discovery Health
The Truth About Food on Discovery Health
Live Transplant on Discovery Health
National Body Challenge on Discovery Health
You: On a Diet on Discovery Health
Ask Dr. Oz on The Oprah Winfrey Show
AccentHealth on Turner Private Networks—a health-themed newsmagazine program designed for viewing in doctor's offices.
The Colbert Report on Comedy Central.
The Dr. Oz Show, Syndicated

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