Mehmet Oz
Professor, Columbia University

Mehmet Oz On Technology and Health Care

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Dr. Oz hopes that increased access to online information will transform our understanding of healthcare.

Mehmet Oz

Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, MD is vice-chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and healthcare policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters and medical books and has received several patents. He performs over 300 heart operations annually.

Dr. Oz is the health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is chief medical consultant to Discovery Communications and has hosted several shows, including Second Opinion with Dr. Oz and Life Line. His Transplant! series on Discovery Health Channel won both a FREDDIE and a Silver TELLY award in September 2006.  He also served as medical director of Denzel Washington's John Q and participated in several other feature films.

Dr. Oz authored three New York Times best-sellers, including You: The Owner's Manual, You: The Smart Patient and You: On a Diet, as well as the award-winning Healing from the Heart. He has a regular column in Esquire and Reader's Digest magazines.  In 2006, he was honored as one of "The Harvard 100 Most influential Alumni" in 02138 magazine and he was one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2008.


Mehmet Oz On Technology and Health Care

Mehmet Oz: I could not do what I do without technology. I am wired in all the time but I make it seamless so it’s easy. I have a [IB] account which it seems like a commercial but it’s… I’ve no affiliation, but I love the fact that I can store my files in or somewhere in space and I can always get access to them and my e-mail is seamless for that reason as well. The other thing about technology I’ve realized that if you really want to communicate to folks when they’re ready to hear it which is important, you got to do on the web. Although I love doing television, the folks aren’t ready to hear the message that I’m delivering when I’m on the tube, it doesn’t have much of an impact. And by creating a fairly robust web element to all the things we’re doing to teach people about health, I’m giving people news they can use when they want it. [Think about as we got on] a plane, right? The stewardess starts going on, moaning about how to put the seatbelts on and the emergency experts so like in Charlie Brown when the [IB] wah, wah, wah, wah, wah, right? You filter it all out, you filter it, nothing gets through, but what if 35,000 feet, if the plane shakes, now, you want to clue in, now you care about the emergency exit and exactly how do I get the oxygen masks down if they fall, and those were the kinds of questions you want to answer when people asking them. So, I want to use the web in particular to get folks the information that’s absolutely essential for the well-being at their fingertips.