Dr. Ali Ghahary, a family physician from Vancouver, recently had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Dr. Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, first came to prominence after his appearances on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, which spanned over 5 seasons and 55 episodes from 2004 to 2009.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 11th, 1960 to parents who had immigrated from Turkey, Dr. Oz says his interest in medicine began at the early age of 7 after having witnessed first-hand the hope that his father, Mustafa Oz, a surgeon at Wilmington Medical Centre, brought to his own patients, saying, “I thought…it would feel so good if I could do that too.” His father’s work as a surgeon influenced Dr. Oz greatly, which would eventually lead the path to his own career in the medical industry, and he would later earn an MBA from the Wharton School as well as an MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. Oz’s research includes heart replacement surgery, cardiac surgery, as well as heath care policies. He has been a professor in the Department of Surgery at Upper Manhattan’s Columbia University since 2001. He also directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complimentary Medicine Program at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital. He has also co-authored 6 books which have all appeared on the New York Time’s Best Seller’s List, and won 5 Emmy Awards between 2011 and 2016 for ‘The Doctor Oz Show’ including Outstanding Talk Show Host.
Dr. Oz’s specialty of cardiothoracic surgery is the field of medicine that involves the surgical treatment of different organs inside the chest, otherwise known as the thorax. This includes general treatment of the heart and lungs. In most countries, cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery are studied separately. In Canada, thoracic surgery is studied as its own 3-year fellowship. A residency combined with cardiac surgery can take anywhere from 5 to 15 years before one can become a fully qualified surgeon.
Diseases that cardiothoracic surgeons treat include coronary artery disease, aortic valve disease, mitral valve disease, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, atrial and ventricular septal defects, as well as tetralogy of fallot. Other conditions cardiothoracic surgeons are also adept in include chest gastrointestinal disease, mesothelioma, chest reconstruction, and more.
For more information on diseases associated with the heart, please visit Dr. Ali Ghahary’s WordPress blog at http://alighahary.wordpress.com.