The goal is to move from just knowledge, which is information, to understanding, which is awareness.
Mehmet Oz, M.D., is a professor and the vice chairman of surgery at Columbia University, the director of the Cardiovascular Institute, the founder and director for the Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and the health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is the Emmy Award-winning host of the daily syndicated television show The Dr. Oz Show and contributes regularly to Time, O magazine, and Esquire. He is the author of more than four hundred original publications, book chapters, and medical books, including the award-winning Healing from the Heart and the bestselling book series YOU: The Owner’s Manual and its follow-ups. Dr. Oz is also one of the founding members of the nonprofit organization HealthCorps, which was created in 2003 in response to his concern about the increasing need to perform heart surgery on thirty-year-olds with arteries clogged from poor diets and sedentary lifestyles-lifestyles that seemed to be reinforced in American schools. (www.healthcorps.org; www.doctoroz.com)
I am one of the producers for Dr. Oz’s YOU fitness videos. While I was in New York a couple of months after our first shoot together, we spoke about his epiphany while he was at the hospital. Later, it was a bit surreal for me to listen to the recording of our conversation, especially when he said, “Oh, I’m sorry, they need me now in the OR,” and he rushed off the phone. Right after talking to me about his epiphany, he went into a room and likely saved a life, and for him, that—along with taping his own talk show—is just a normal day.