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!