Division of Graduate Studies
For Immediate Release
New York, N.Y. - June 19, 2008 - Mehmet Oz, vice chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University, delivered a rousing keynote address to over 4,000 graduates of Touro College Division of Graduate Studies, Schools of Education and Psychology, and their families and friends at Madison Square Garden last week.
The June 12th ceremonies recognized candidates for Master of Science degrees in multiple programs at locations in the New York City area. The programs include school psychology, mental health counseling, teaching literacy, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL/bilingual), instructional technology, school leadership, and education and special education programs at the early childhood, elementary school, and middle school levels.
Dr. Oz outlined for the graduates ten techniques for being successful in one’s career and happy in life. The first, he said, is to “make the driving force in your life love, even more than wisdom. Humans die not of darkness, but of cold.” He also encouraged the graduates to “live in the present, find a mentor, generate expertise in an area other than the profession in which you earn your living,” and “every day feel productive and challenged in a way tailor-made for your unique and individual desires and strengths.”
Dr. Oz directs the cardiovascular institute and complementary medicine program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complimentary medicine and health care. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters and medical books and has received several patents. He performs over 300 heart operations annually. Dr. Anthony Polemeni, vice president of the division of graduate studies, said: “We are very honored that Dr. Oz took time out from his busy schedule to join us today.” He told the graduates: “Be prepared to face new challenges daily and always remember to treat your students with care and kindness.”
Dr. Oz holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a joint MD-MBA from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton Business School. He is married, has four children and lives in New Jersey.
Among his many activities, Dr. Oz is the health expert on the Oprah Winfrey show; serves as chief medical consultant to Discovery Communications; and has hosted several programs, including “Lifeline” and “Second Opinion with Dr. Oz.” His transplant series on Discovery channel won both FREDDIE and Silver TELLY awards in 2006. In addition to numerous appearances on network morning and evening news programs, Dr. Oz has guest-hosted the Charlie Rose show and served as a medical director for Denzel Washington’s “John Q.”
Dr. Oz has a long-standing relationship with Touro College through the Children’s Health Education Foundation (CHEF), a partnership between Touro College and Columbia University. CHEF is just one of several Touro projects aimed at educating New York City children and their families on children’s health issues.
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Dr. Anthony Polemeni, vice president of the division of graduate studies, Touro College, with Dr. Mehmet Oz, vice chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University. Dr. Oz was the keynote speaker at the Madison Square Garden commencement ceremonies.