DAVID GRANOVSKY

Dr. Oz wants to save lives without using scalpel

In CELEBRITIES & STEM CELLS on September 8, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Article ImageOz had a decent enough career before television beckoned. He’s a prominent surgeon with expertise in repairing heart valves. He will continue to perform surgery one day a week.

Yet Oz noticed that he was getting more jazzed up persuading people they didn’t need surgery than operating on them.

He landed a show, “Second Opinion,” on the Discovery Channel and persuaded Winfrey to appear. That opened the door to Winfrey’s media kingdom, resulting in 55 appearances on her talk show in five years, and eventually his own show. It’s co-produced by Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television. He’s contractually prohibited from airing in direct competition with her.

“I found myself going to work and taking care of people who wanted to get better who believed that their only path to salvation was through my scalpel,” he said. “I can heal with steel. I know how to do that. But it’s very disenfranchising when you realize the true solutions are outside the operating room.”

via Omaha.com – The Omaha World-Herald: Living – Dr. Oz wants to save lives without using scalpel.

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