Michael Roizen

Anesthesiologist and Internist, an award-winning author and the chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic. Co-Founder and Chairman of RealAge, Inc.

Michael F. Roizen, MD, has founded six companies including one sold to Hearst and three others still in existence, co-invented a drug approved by the  FDA on April 24th 2008, (receiving European and Canadian approvals the same month), co-written a medical bestseller, and 4 number one New York Times bestsellers (and seven on the list),…

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Michael F. Roizen, MD, has founded six companies including one sold to Hearst and three others still in existence, co-invented a drug approved by the  FDA on April 24th 2008, (receiving European and Canadian approvals the same month), co-written a medical bestseller, and 4 number one New York Times bestsellers (and seven on the list), including the number 2 bestsellers in the world in 2005 and 2006 and #3 in 2007 (people magazine reports), and is the first Chief Wellness Officer at any major academic medical center.

Dr Roizen 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 BethIsrael 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. That company was sold in late 2007 to Hearst. He is 62 calendar years of age, but his RealAge is 43.2.

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 4 medical books, (one, a medical Best-seller), and received 13 U.S. and many foreign patents. He has been a founder of 6 companies, five of which are still in existence or sold to other companies. One of the drugs he patented is to have an FDA NDA day in 2008.

After 9 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 his current position as chair of the Division of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, and Comprehensive Pain Management at the Cleveland Clinic, responsible for over 180 operatories, 124 critical care beds and 28 pain therapy intervention units. On June 25, 2007 he was named Chief Wellness Officer of the Cleveland Clinic…the first such position at any major healthcare provider, and Chair of the Wellness Institute at the 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 Owner’s 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 3.2 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 & It is translated into 44 languages—some of which he didn’t know existed). It was followed by the NY Times bestseller YOU: The Smart Patient.  Their next book, YOU: On A Diet, the Owner’s 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) with 21 printings totaling over 2.4 million copies in the first three weeks ( it became the #2 best selling book published in 2006 in 2006).  On October 31st 2007, they released YOU: Staying Young, The Owner’s Manual For Extending Your Warranty, which became #1 at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Border’s and Costco by the evening of November 1st. It has been on the New York Times List every week since it’s release as of January 31st, 2008.

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 18 times, Today 17 times, 20/20 (3 times), CBN (17 times), CNN, CBS Sunday Morning (3 times), Good Morning America (25 times), Canada AM (28 times), The Montel Williams Show, Larry King Live(2 times), and has executive produced three of his four PBS fundraising specials (the first fundraising special he executive produced, The RealAge Makeover was one of the top two PBS special fundraisers in 2006, with over 5000 showings in 100 TV markets; his PBS fundraising special YOU On A Diet had over 1500 showings in 76 TV markets in its first month). He and Mehmet Oz write  a daily syndicated (to 65 newspapers in USA and Canada)  newspaper column, a column for every issue of the association of women’s nursing magazine, and record 1 hour a day of radio for Oprah and Friends, XM channel 156 and Direct TV 107.  He also has a 2-hour 26 station Terrestrial show entitled: YOU The Owner’s Manual Radio Show, live every Saturday.  He has been featured in  Fortune, O, Glamour, Cosmo, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, Biography, People, US, Men’s Health, & Prevention.

Dr. Roizen still practices anesthesiology and internal medicine, using the RealAge metric to motivate his patients. He has personally delivered medical care to 8 Nobel Prize winners, more than 507 ex-smokers, over 100 Fortune 500 CEOs and CFOs, and countless others. He chaired the United Way Fund Raising effort at the Cleveland Clinic in 2006 (it achieved record results, including over a 15% increase in donations to become one of the top 3 healthcare organizations in United Way Donations), and has served on the boards of five non-profit foundations. He served as President of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists in 1997-8, and has won over 75 trophies in class A squash competition.  He has been in the Best Doctors in America since 1989. His wife is a developmental pediatrician also listed in the Best Doctors in America. She chairs the section of developmental pediatrics and psychology at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.

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You: Staying Young – The Owner’s Manual for a Healthier & Younger You
Wouldn’t you like to know how to prevent your body from aging badly? Dr. Roizen’s six New York Times bestsellers have propelled him into the spotlight as the leading expert on reducing the effects of aging. Staying young encompasses your emotional and mental health, as well as your exercise, eating habits, and genes, among other things. In this engaging and very motivating presentation, you’ll get the facts and advice you need to keep your body running long and strong. Dr. Roizen will give you a new perspective on how to alter bad health habits and will offer a life-changing how-to plan for fending off the gremlins of aging so you look and feel younger, have more energy, and are more productive.

You: On a Diet
Because the world has almost as many diet plans as it has email spammers, you’d think that just about all of us would know everything there is to know about staying in shape. Learn how to crack the code on true and lifelong waist management. Dr. Roizen will invigorate you with equal parts information and motivation, and give you a change-your-life action to show how your brain, stomach, hormones, muscles, heart, genetics, and stress levels all interact biologically to determine your body size. With Dr. Roizen’s signature wit and humor, this presentation will revolutionize the way you think about yourself and the food you consume, so that you’ll diet smart, not hard.

You: The Smart Patient
Everyone needs to become a smart patient. In fact, in the worst cases, your life may even depend on it. With Dr. Roizen’s signature wit and humor, this presentation will show you how to become your own—or a loved one’s—medical sleuth. You will hear clear and easy steps on how to take control of your healthcare and deal with all matters that may come up when facing a medical case: from choosing the right doctor and interacting with her to navigating prescription drugs and treatment options. This presentation will show you how to get the best healthcare possible by making you into your own medical detective.

RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be?

Adapted from Dr. Roizen’s three New York Times best selling books.

RealAge focuses on how to slow the aging process and make your RealAge younger.

Each program can be customized to include the following:

Your real age versus your calendar age and why you should care

The steps to take in order to control your genes and delay aging

Seven natural ways to lower blood pressure

Discover the most important and powerful anti-aging agent for men and women over 50.

Six ways to lower your lousy LDL cholesterol and four ways to increase your healthy HDL


Dr. Michael Roizen: Real Age & You



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