March 22, 2012

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD, Two-time Emmy® Award-Winning Host of the Emmy® Award-Winning “The Dr. Oz Show,” To Keynote 2012 Wharton School MBA Graduation

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Philadelphia, PA — The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has announced that Wharton MBA and Perelman School of Medicine alumnus Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD, will be the featured speaker at the School’s MBA graduation in Philadelphia.  Dr. Oz is the two-time Emmy® Award-winning host of the Emmy® Award-winning and nationally syndicated “The Dr. Oz Show,” Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and a best-selling author. The May 13, 2012, ceremony will occur at 1 p.m. at the Palestra, 33rd and South Streets, Philadelphia, PA.

“The many contributions Dr. Mehmet Oz has made to healthcare are all impressive in their own way, but taken together, they describe a remarkable career dedicated to enhancing health, wellness and understanding for all,” Wharton Dean Thomas S. Robertson said. “As a surgeon, as an educator and as a philanthropist, Dr. Oz is without peer. He is, indeed, everyone’s favorite doctor.”

Once called “Dr. Does-it-all” by the New York Times, Dr. Oz appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for five seasons before debuting “The Dr. Oz Show” in the fall of 2009.  The show, which is now one of the country’s most-watched daytime talk shows, launched with the biggest daytime television ratings in seven years, and Dr. Oz went on to win the Emmy® Award for “Outstanding Talk Show Host” at the 2010 and 2011 Daytime Emmys. With Michael F. Roizen, MD, Dr. Oz has also co-authored the “YOU” series of books on good health practices, including “YOU: The Owner’s Manual.”

Dr. Oz, who still performs more than 100 heart surgeries a year, began his medical career as an MBA-MD degree student graduating in 1986 with diplomas from both Wharton and the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. In 1995, he was instrumental in founding the Complementary Care Center at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He launched his first TV series, “Second Opinion with Dr. Oz,” on the Discovery Health Channel in 2003.

Dr. Oz has authored seven New York Times Best Sellers, including “YOU: The Owner’s Manual,” “YOU: The Smart Patient,” “YOU: On a Diet,” “YOU: Staying Young,” “YOU: Being Beautiful,” “YOU: Having a Baby,” “YOU: The Owner’s Manual for Teens,” and the award-winning “Healing from the Heart.” He has a regular column in O, The Oprah Magazine, Time and AARP, and his article “Retool, Reboot, and Rebuild” for Esquire magazine was awarded the 2009 National Magazine Award for Personal Service.

In addition to belonging to every major professional society for heart surgeons, Dr. Oz has been named Forbes magazine’s #3 most influential celebrity (2010-2011), one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People (2008), one of Esquire magazine’s 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century, a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum (1999-2004), and one of “The Harvard 100 Most Influential Alumni” by 02138 magazine. He is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2008), the prestigious Gross Surgical Research Scholarship, and an honorary doctorate from Istanbul University. He was voted “The Best and Brightest” by Esquire, a “Doctor of the Year” by Hippocrates magazine and “Healer of the Millennium” by Healthy Living magazine. Dr. Oz is annually named a highest quality physician by the Castle Connolly Guide and other major ranking groups.

In 2007, Dr. Oz and his wife, Lisa, founded HealthCorps which, using the Peace Corps as a model, encourages young college graduates to spend two years in high schools educating students about wellness issues.

Previous Wharton MBA graduation speakers have included Connie Duckworth (WG’79), Jon Huntsman Jr. (C’87, HON’10), Robert Kapito (W’79), Lakshmi N. Mittal (PAR’96) and Muhammad Yunus (HON’09). Information about the University of Pennsylvania’s 256th commencement ceremony is available at: www.upenn.edu/commencement.

About the Wharton School

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania — founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school — is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. The most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world, Wharton bridges research and practice through its broad engagement with the global business community. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and an alumni network of 88,000 graduates.

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