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Dr. Michael Roizen      

Co-Founder and Chairman of RealAge, Inc.

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 bestseller), and received 13 US and many foreign patents. He is one of the cofounders of the website RealAge.com, recently sold to the Hearst Corp., and still chairs its Scientific Advisory Board.

After nine years on the faculty at the University of California–San Francisco, he chaired the top-ten 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. He also serves as Chairman of the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Roizen's first general audience book, RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? 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 seven days as #1 on Amazon. Other books include the New York Times bestseller The RealAge Diet: Make Yourself Younger with What You Eat, written with Dr. John La Puma; Cooking the RealAge Way, also with Dr. La Puma.; and The RealAge Makeover. His book, YOU: The Owner's Manual, written with Health Corps founder Dr. Mehmet Oz, debuted in May 2005 and became a #1 New York Times bestseller. It was followed by the New York 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 Bestseller List. Their latest book, YOU Staying Young: the Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty also debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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, The Today Show, 20/20, CBN, CNN, CBS, Good Morning America, Canada AM, The Montel Williams Show, and Larry King Live, and has four PBS fundraising specials. 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 Reader's Digest, a quarterly column for the nursing magazine Every Woman, and a daily newspaper column syndicated by King. He and Mehmet also record one hour a day of radio for Oprah and Friends on satellite radio and a cable network. He also has a two-hour 26-station Terrestrial show entitled: YOU The Owner's Manual Radio Show, live every Saturday. Dr. Roizen has been featured in Fortune, O, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Ladies' Home Journal, Biography, People, US Weekly, Men's 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, and look 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 taught to patients and employees.

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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.

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