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Dr. Roizen has given over 1,400 lectures to professional medical groups and has been recognized with over 20 professional lectureships. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, 20/20 , CBN, CNN, CBS, Good Morning America, amongst many more.

Michael Roizen, M.D.

Chief Wellness Officer

Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute  (

Michael F. Roizen, MD, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College
and Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of California, San
Francisco, School of Medicine. He performed his residency in internal
medicine at Harvard's Beth Israel Hospital and completed Public Health
Service at the National Institutes of Health in the laboratory of Irv
Kopin and Nobel Prize winner Julius Axelrod. He is certified by both
the American Boards of Internal Medicine and of Anesthesiology. Dr.
Roizen is the Cofounder and Chair of the RealAge, Inc., Scientific
Advisory Board. He is 62 calendar years of age, but his RealAge is 42.8.

Dr. Roizen is a Past Chair of a Food and Drug Administration advisory
committee and a former editor for six medical journals. He has
published more than 165 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 100 textbook
chapters, 30 editorials, and four medical books (one, a medical
best-seller), and received 13 U.S. and many foreign patents. He is one
of the cofounders of the website, recently sold to the
Hearst Corp., and still chairs its Scientific Advisory Board. One of
the drugs he co-invented and developed (licensed to Progenics and Wyeth
Corp.) for hospice patients will have its NDA day in 2008.

After nine years on the faculty at the University of California, San
Francisco, he chaired the top-10-rated Department of Anesthesia and
Critical Care at the University of Chicago. He then became Dean of the
School of Medicine and Vice President for Biomedical Sciences at SUNY
Upstate. After serving as CEO of the Biotechnology Research Corporation
of Central New York, he accepted a position as Chair of the
Anesthesiology Institute at Cleveland Clinic, responsible for over 180
operatories, 124 critical care beds and 28 pain therapy intervention
units. In 2007, Dr. Roizen was named Chief Wellness Officer at
Cleveland Clinic, the first such position in a major healthcare
institution in the United States. Dr. Roizen also serves as Chairman of
the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

His first general-audience book, RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? (HarperCollins Publishers) became a #1 New York Times bestseller and was awarded the Best Wellness Book of 1999 by the Books for a Better Life Awards. RealAge
has been translated into more than 20 languages and was #1 in four
other countries, displacing Harry Potter for 7 days as #1 on Amazon.
Other books include the New York Times bestseller The RealAge Diet: Make Yourself Younger With What You Eat (HarperCollins), written with Dr. John La Puma, Cooking the RealAge Way (Harper Collins), also with Dr. La Puma., and The RealAge Makeover (HarperCollins). His book, YOU: The Owners Manual (HarperCollins), written with  Health Corps founder Dr. Mehmet Oz, debuted in May 2005 and became a #1 New York Times
bestseller (sold more than 2.7 million hardcover copies worldwide; was
the #2 best-selling book published in 2005 in 2005-- displacing Harry
Potter for 35 days as #1 on Amazon and It was followed by the
New York Times bestseller, YOU: The Smart Patient. Their next book, YOU: On A Diet, the Owners Manual for Waist Management, debuted at #1 on the New York Times
list (11 consecutive weeks at #1 and 17 consecutive weeks in top 3 as
of now) with 21 printings totaling over 2.4 million copies in the first
three weeks (it was the #2 best-selling book published in 2006 in
2006). Their latest book, YOU Staying Young, the Owners Manual for Extending Your Warranty also debuted at #1 on the New York Times list, and is listed by People magazine as the #3 selling book in the world in 2007.

Dr. Roizen has given over 1,400 lectures to professional medical groups
and has been recognized with over 20 professional lectureships. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show 13 times, Today 17 times, 20/20 (3 times), CBN (15 times), CNN, CBS, Good Morning America (24 times), Canada AM (28 times), The Montel Williams Show, Larry King Live, and has four PBS fundraising specials (his fundraising special The RealAge Makeover was
one of the top two PBS special fundraisers in 2006, now with well over
5,000 showings in 100 TV markets). His most recent two PBS specials: YOU On A Diet, and Longevity Factors, have both received acclaim, and widespread distribution as well. He and Mehmet Oz write a monthly column for Readers Digest, and a quarterly column for the nursing magazine, Every Woman, and a daily newspaper column syndicated by King syndication. He and Mehmet also record 1 hour a day of radio for Oprah and Friends, on satellite radio and a cable network. He also has a 2-hour 26-station Terrestrial show entitled: YOU The Owners Manual Radio Show, live every Saturday. He has been featured in Fortune, O, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, Biography, People, US, Mens Health, and Prevention.

Dr. Roizen still practices anesthesiology and internal medicine, using
the RealAge metric to motivate his patients. He routinely takes
patients at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute who are in the
midst of struggling with tobacco, heart, diabetic or arthritic problems
and coaches them with simple (but persistent) lifestyle changes to be
able to live, feel, look and be years younger. He really enjoys getting
them to throw away their medications when they no longer need them, but
teaches the role of  food and other simple steps in reversing disease
processes. The Wellness Institute that he chairs includes Employee
Health and Wellness, the Department of Preventive Medicine, Premium
Access Programs, Disease Reversal and Integrative Medicine Programs,
and the Wellness Public Policy and Community Support Programs of
Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic Wellness institute aims to elevate
preventive care and wellness as a core brand of Cleveland Clinic and a
core value we teach our patients and employees.