My Friend Dr. Mehmet C. Oz

by Heather Ferber on April 6, 2011

A few years back I had this awesome job in the biotech/pharma world.  Interestinly, Dr. Mehmet C. Oz was one of the MD’s that my company was working with on the research and development of a heart failure medication.  In case you do not know, or have not walked down the check-out isle of your local grocery store in the past week, or watched a recent episode of Oprah, Dr.Oz is almost a household name now thanks to his great looking face and a few moments with Oprah.

So tonight, I sat down to watch some quality T.V. and I came across Dr. Oz’s show and he was quizzing audience members about what type of cheese was best for people with lactose intolerance (feta, swiss, or colby?  swiss- since it’s the most aged).  This brought back flashbacks to my very special day with Dr. Oz a few years back (did not realize how special it would be until I started seeing him in the print media and on TV on a weekly basis).

Dr. Oz is a Professor of Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in NY; he is the Medical Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University in NY;  he is an attending surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York; and he is the star of his own prime time CBS show.

A few years back, I had the privilege of spending a day with Dr. Oz in the Milwaukee area.  He came to town to speak at St. Luke’s on the topic of heart failure. I had coordinated the meeting through the biotech company I was working with at the time. I picked Mehmet up at the airport,  chatted him up in the car all day, took a couple hours to drop him at St. Luke’s to speak about heart failure, went out for a cocktail, and then passed him off to the next rep who was going to use his speaking services in the Madison area.  After spending a fun day with Mehmet, I can tell you, he has a wonderful personality,truly enjoys his family and he’s not too hard on the eyes.  And I’m truly glad he has “made it big” to augment his tough career as a cardiac surgeon.  Had I known how big he was going to become, I would have picked his brain on how to get my own TV show as a biotech rep looking to make it big.

My day with Dr. Oz was truly a lesson in “you never know that the future may hold.”  This is a great lesson that motivates me to get healthy and stay healthy on a daily basis. I want my body prepared for the future, whatever it may bring.  And tonight has also got me thinking that I may need to get my own prime time health show in a couple years.  LOL! Guess I had better study up on my cheeses!


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Amy Merrick April 7, 2011 at 8:43 am

Such a great story! Dr. Oz is great!


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