Dr Oz

Dr Oz expressed criticism for his non-scientific advice

Dr Oz appeared as a health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show for five seasons. On the show, he addressed issues like Type 2 diabetes and promoted resveratrol supplements, which he stated were anti-aging. His Transplant! television series won both a Freddie and a Silver Telly award. He has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today show, Larry King Live and The View, as well as guest-hosting the Charlie Rose show. In addition, he served as medical director of Denzel Washington’s John Q. He currently hosts The Dr. Oz Show on television and a talk show on Sirius XM Radio. In January 2011, Oz premiered as part of a weekly show on the Oprah Winfrey Network called “Oprah’s Allstars”. In each episode, he, Suze Orman and Dr. Phil answer various questions about life, health and finance. He also currently does a health segment on 1010 WINS titled “Your Daily Dose.”

Time magazine ranked Oz at 44th on its list of the “100 Most Influential People in 2008” and Esquire magazine placed him on its list of the “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century”. He was called a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum and one of “The Harvard 100 Most Influential Alumni” by 02138 magazine. He won the Gross Surgical Research Scholarship. He was listed in “Doctors of the Year” by Hippocrates magazine and in “Healers of the Millennium” by Healthy Living magazine. Oz is annually listed in the Castle Connolly Guide of the top United States doctors, as well as other ranking groups noted below.

Other awards and honors include:

  • Listed in Best Doctors of the Year, New York Magazine
  • Turkish American of the Year, 1996
  • Books for a Better America award for Healing from the Heart, 1999
  • Robert E. Gross Research Scholarship, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, 1994–1996
  • Research Award, American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, 1991
  • Blakemore Research Awards, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1988–1991
  • One of the 500 most influential Muslims 2009
  • 2010 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host
  • 2011 Most Trusted Voice in Daytime Television,
  • 2011 James Randi Educational Foundation Media Pigasus Award, which the foundation states is for promoting “nonsense”. The foundation noted Oz’s support of energy medicine, faith healing and psychic mediums, among other controversial practices. Oz is the first person to receive a Pigasus Award two years in a row.
  • 2011 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host
  • 2011 The Independent Investigations Group IIG awarded The Truly Terrible Television award to Oz and Oprah Winfrey “for extraordinary contributions to America’s scientific illiteracy and pervasive fear mongering.”
  • 2011 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Informative
  • 2012 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Informative
  • 2013 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Informative


Popular Science and The New Yorker have expressed criticism of Dr. Oz for his non-scientific advice. These criticisms include questioning if he is “doing more harm than good”. In an article in Slate, a medical researcher said that Oz’s work bordered on quackery. The James Randi Educational Foundation has given Oz its Pigasus Award for Refusal to Face Reality at least three times. Dr. Oz has been supportive of pseudosciences such as faith healing and psychic communication with the dead.