For me, nothing sets off stronger feelings of nostalgia than looking back at old pictures. Recently, I revisited some of my favorite photos from my childhood and the early days of my career as a physician and a TV host. I couldn’t believe that the little boy driving the yellow toy car was the same man toasting to the debut of his very own television show with his friend and mentor, Oprah. You can take a look alongside me by tuning in for some of my most meaningful and entertaining vintage Oz moments on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on weekday mornings, and you can take a sneak peek now here.
I knew medicine was one of my passions starting from when I was a little boy, but I could have never predicted how far my journey would take me into the world of television. Looking back at those early photos reminds me how lucky I am, especially to have had such incredibly talented and generous mentors like Oprah. When I started appearing as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show nearly a decade ago, television seemed like another planet to me compared to my work in the hospital. But the more time I’ve spent in both the television studio and the operating room, the more I see how they’re similar – and not just because of the bright lights.
Running a TV show and an operating room both depend on teamwork. You have to surround yourself with highly-skilled professionals you trust to help you get the job done right. Whether it’s the scrub nurse, the anesthesiologist, the camera man or the producer, success can only be achieved together, through our diverse, combined expertise. And it goes without saying that you also need a team of excellent teachers and mentors to help welcome you into your profession’s culture and help teach you the skills you need.
I can’t tell you how fortunate I’ve been to be surrounded by the strongest possible teams and the best teachers, both at the hospitals I’ve worked in and at The Dr. Oz Show. Every success I’ve have in my life, whether it be mastering how to drive a little yellow car, transplanting a heart, or hosting my award-winning show, is thanks in large part to a network of support and love – a network that you, my viewers, are an integral part of. Share more of my journey, both past and future, by tuning in to OWN and logging onto Doctoroz.com.