Michael F. Roizen, M.D., General Wellness
Why LHJ loves him: We've known Dr. Roizen, one of our all-time favorite docs, for many years and consider him a friend and go-to expert on all aspects of wellness. He recently contributed to our story on why patients lie to their doctors ("Truth or Consequences," October 2010) and our story "All About Cholesterol," February 2011.
Medical degree: University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.
Postdoctoral training: Residency in internal medicine at Harvard's Beth Israel Hospital.
Bio: Dr. Roizen is certified by both the American Boards of Internal Medicine and of Anesthesiology. He's the cofounder and chair of the RealAge, Inc. Scientific Advisory Board. His RealAge is 44.6, although his actual calendar age is considerably higher. 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 has received 14 U.S. and many foreign patents. He is one of the co-founders of the website RealAge.com, recently sold to the Hearst Corp., and still chairs its Scientific Advisory Board. One of the drugs he co-invented and developed for hospice patients was approved for sale in 2008. He sold his share in the royalties from this drug.
After nine years on the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, he chaired the 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. He then accepted a position as chair of the division of anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and comprehensive pain management at the Cleveland Clinic. In 2007 Dr. Roizen was named the chief wellness officer for 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 book for a general audience, RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? (HarperCollins) 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 40 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 Mehmet C. Oz, MD, debuted in May 2005 and became a #1 New York Times bestseller (sold more than 4.4 million hardcover copies worldwide; was the #2 best-selling book published in 2005—displacing Harry Potter for 35 days as #1 on Amazon & BN.com. and has been translated into 47 languages). It was followed by the New York Times bestseller YOU: The Smart Patient, co-written with the Joint Commission. 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 was the #2 best-selling book published in 2006). Their next book, YOU: Staying Young, the Owner's 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. Their next book, YOU: Being Beautiful, was on the New York Times list for its first 9 weeks. YOU: Having A Baby, the Owner's Manual for a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy was published in December 2009 and an updated version of YOU: On a Diet was released in January 2010. Their latest collaboration, YOU: Raising Your Child, The Owner's Manual from First Breath to First Grade, was released in October 2010.
Dr. Roizen has given more than 1,400 lectures to professional medical groups and has been recognized with more than 20 professional lectureships. He has appeared regularly on the Dr. Oz Show, where he is chief medical consultant, the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, and many others. He has worked on five PBS fundraising specials (his fundraising special The RealAge Makeover was one of the top two PBS special fundraisers in 2006, now with over 7,000 showings). His next PBS special, YOU: On a Diet, has now had more than 12,000 showings. He and Dr. Oz write a daily newspaper column syndicated to 71 newspapers by King syndication, and host an hour of Oprah radio daily. He also has a two-hour, 26-station show, YOU: The Owner's Manual Radio Show, live every Saturday.
Dr. Roizen started the Lifestyle 180 program at the Cleveland Clinic that takes patients at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute who are in the midst of struggling with tobacco, heart troubles, diabetes, or arthritis and coaches them with simple (but persistent) lifestyle changes to be able to live, feel, look, and be years younger. He chaired the United Way fundraising effort at the Cleveland Clinic in 2006, and has served on the boards of five nonprofit foundations. He served as president of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists in 1997-1998. And he's won more than 75 trophies in class A squash competition. His wife is a developmental pediatrician also listed in the Best Doctors in America. He and his wife are avid Cavaliers fans. The Roizens have two children: Jenny, a PhD graduate of the California Institute of Technology, and Jeffrey, an MD/PhD graduate of Washington University and resident at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.