Influencer Insider: 10 Facts You May Not Know About Dr. Oz

Written by on February 16, 2012 in Collaborations, Influencer Insider with 6 Comments

In light of the invitation for Dr. Myron Wentz, Founder of USANA Health Sciences, and Dave Wentz, USANA CEO, to speak at the Health and Happiness Summit with Dr. Oz on Feb. 25, we thought it would be fun to share with you 10 things you may not know about Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Dr. Mehmet Oz will be taking part in the Health and Happiness Summit in New York City on Feb. 25. USANA's Dr. Wentz and Dave Wentz will also be there.

  1. Schooling: You probably know Dr. Oz earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard in 1982 and received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania. But did you know that he also earned an MBA from Wharton Business School at the same time he received his medical degree? Not only did he double up on degrees, but, during his undergraduate work at Harvard, he played football and water polo.
  2. Career: You know Dr. Oz is a world-renowned cardio-thoracic surgeon. He still performs over 100 surgeries a year in addition to being a two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host of the Emmy Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show.” He has written seven New York Times best sellers and over 400 other articles for medical journals. He is Vice Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University, Director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Founder and Director for the Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. But did you know that he also served as the medical consultant for the 2002 film “John Q,” starring Denzel Washington? The film revolved around a man whose child needed a heart transplant.
  3. Marriage:  Are you aware that Dr. Oz’s 26-year marriage to his beautiful and brilliant wife Lisa was made possible by being introduced by their fathers? It’s true. Dr. Oz explained he and Lisa dated in secret because he didn’t want his dad to have the satisfaction of knowing that he introduced them to each other.
  4. Legacy: Speaking of family, did you know Dr. Mehmet Oz is not the first Dr. Oz? That honor goes to his father, Mustafa Oz, who is also a surgeon. The first Dr. Oz earned scholarships that allowed him to emigrate from Turkey to the United States as a medical resident.
  5. Indulgence: You know Dr. Oz eats heart-healthy foods rich in fiber. He loves nuts, bananas, baby carrots, fish, Greek yogurt and blueberries. But on the rare occasion when Dr. Oz gives into a craving, it’s southern barbeque.
  6. Phobia: Most of you probably assume a man, as accomplished and courageous as Dr. Oz would not be scared of anything. But this Superman’s kryptonite is heights. Guess there will be no leaping over a tall building in a single bound for Dr. Oz.
  7. Music: Can you picture Dr. Oz jamming to Bruce Springsteen? That’s right. The Boss is his favorite performer. He says, “Rock ‘n roll is among life’s joys.”
  8. Sleep: With Dr. Oz’s rigorous schedule, you’re probably wondering when he ever gets the chance to sleep. Well, don’t ask him to stay out late. He’s in bed at 10 p.m. every night and up at 5:30 a.m. He makes sure to get 7 1/2 hours of shuteye every night.
  9. Exercise: You know Dr. Oz is active. He loves to play basketball, tennis and ride bicycles. He also runs about 4 miles every day. But did you know Dr. Oz has practiced yoga for over 15 years? That’s Dr. Downward Dog to you.
  10. Schedule:  You see The Dr. Oz Show 5 days a week. But did you know Dr. Oz tapes two shows a day, three days a week? And here’s a tip: if you ever visit his studio audience, spit out your gum in advance. Otherwise, you’ll have to discard it in a plastic bag as crew members walk the aisles.

Think Dr. Oz was amazing before? Now you know so, even more!

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Angie Larsen

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About the Author: Angie Larsen is the new Senior Manager of Corporate Relations at USANA Health Sciences. She spent the past 14 years working as a News Anchor, Reporter and TV Talk Show Host at ABC 4 News in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated with honors from the University of Utah with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She lives in Herriman, Utah with her two energetic, entertaining boys. .

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  1. Tim Haran Tim Haran says:

    Great post, Angie! I feel like I know Dr. Oz now. Looking forward to seeing him in person on Feb. 25. It’s going to be an incredible event.

  2. Love it! Nice to know him a little better! Looking forward to convention!

  3. Van Le-Hugh says:

    Already love Dr Oz and now even more … some amazing and inspirational facts! Wish that he could join us Down Under at the AP Convention next month in Sydney.

  4. Lillie Lang says:

    Looking forward to all the information on the Dr. Oz Health & Happiness Summit. Many thanks to Dr.Oz & Dr. Wentz

  5. Eli Santana says:

    It is an honor and a joy to be a associated with USANA and people like Dr. Oz.

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