Dr. Oz is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents. He performs over 350 heart operations annually. Dr. Oz was born June 11, 1960 in Cleveland, Ohio and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University (1982) and obtained a joint MD and MBA (1986) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton Business School. He was awarded the Captain’s Athletic Award for leadership in college and was Class President followed by President of the Student Body during medical school. He lives in Cliffside Park, NJ with his wife Lisa of 19 years and their 4 children, Daphne, Arabella, Zoe, and Oliver. In addition to numerous appearances on network morning and evening news programs, Dr Oz has been recurrently featured on Oprah and numerous other talk shows and has guest hosted the Charlie Rose show. He is a chief medical consultant to Discovery Communications and has hosted several shows including “Second Opinion with Dr Oz”. He is appearing in several additional Discovery programs during the upcoming year including Life Line, Daily Rounds, Live Transplant, and National Body Challenge. He also served as medical director of Denzel Washington’s “John Q”. Dr Oz authored the award winning “Healing from the Heart” (Dutton Penguin Putnam 1998) as well as numerous pieces in Newsweek, Oprah Magazine, and the New England Journal of Medicine. He has a bi-monthly column in Esquire magazine. His new book, “You: The Owner’s Manual” was released on May 3, 2005 by Harper Collins and is #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. In addition to belonging to every major professional society for heart surgeons, Dr Oz was elected as a Global Leaders of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, won the prestigious American Association for Thoracic Surgery Gross Research Scholarship, and has received an honorary doctorate from Istanbul University, He was voted "The Best and Brightest" by Esquire Magazine and was elected one of the Doctors of the Year by Hippocrates magazine and Healers of the Millenium by Healthy Living magazine. He is annually elected as one of the best physicians in the USA by the Castle Connolly Guide as well as other major ranking groups.