Cleveland Clinic Wellness Experts - Michael Roizen

Dr. Michael F. Roizen, M.D.

He’s bold, he’s bright and he’s one of the most entertaining docs you’ll ever meet – he’s Dr. Michael Roizen, Cleveland Clinic’s Chief Wellness Officer, best-selling author, speaker and wellness innovator.

At, Dr. Roizen presents wellness as a fun, life-changing experience. He inspires visitors to get courageous, make change happen and love living well.  Here, get to know Dr. Mike’s background and what he’s done to help wellness seekers worldwide.

Becoming Dr. Roizen

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, so he practices what he preaches!

Rich and Diverse Experiences in Medicine

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 best-seller), and received 13 U.S. and many foreign patents. He is one of the cofounders of the website, 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-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.

A Chief Wellness Officer, the First of Its Kind

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. Dr. Roizen also serves as Chairman of the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

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.

Author, Speaker and Frequent TV Guest

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. 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 Dr. Mehmet Oz, debuted in May 2005 and became a #1 New York Times bestseller (selling more than 2.7 million hardcover copies worldwide), his first in a series of best-selling titles co-authored with Dr. Mehmet Oz. Their books together include: YOU: The Smart Patient, YOU: On A Diet, the Owner’s Manual for Waist Management, YOU: Staying Young, the Owner’s Manual for Extending Your Warranty, YOU: Being Beautiful, the Owner’s Manual to Inner & Outer Beauty, and their latest, YOU: Having a Baby, the Owner’s Manual to A Happy and Healthy Baby.

Dr. Roizen has given over 1,400 lectures to professional medical groups and has been a guest numerous times in major media outlets such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, 20/20, CBN, CNN, CBS, Good Morning America, Canada AM, The Montel Williams Show, Larry King Live. He also has four PBS fundraising specials (his fundraising special The RealAge Makeover was one of the top two PBS special fundraisers in 2006). 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, and a quarterly column for the nursing magazine Every Woman, and a daily newspaper column syndicated by King Features. He and Dr. Oz also record one hour a day of radio for Oprah and Friends, on satellite radio and a cable network. 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, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, Biography, People, US, Men’s Health, and Prevention.

Dr. Roizen in Action

Dr. Roizen still practices anesthesiology and internal medicine, using the RealAge metric to motivate his patients. He routinely coaches patients at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute who are in the midst of struggling with tobacco, heart, diabetic or arthritic problems. He offers them simple (but persistent) lifestyle changes so that they can live, feel, look and be years younger. His favorite moment: When they can throw away their medications. Dr. Roizen firmly believes in teaching the role of food and other simple wellness steps in reversing disease processes.

Suffering to Be Beautiful (7:32)
Suffering to Be Beautiful (7:32)
Dr. Roizen's advice on sun tanning, piercings, stilettos, botox, and liposuction.
Dr. Roizen's Recommended New Year's Resolutions (9:23)
Dr. Roizen's Recommended New Year's Resolutions (9:23)
Commit to these 5 simple changes and live a healthier life this year.
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You: On a Diet Revised Edition
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You: The Owner's Manual - Update
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Cooking the Real Age Way
By Michael F. Roizen, John La Puma, M.D
The Real Age Diet: Make Yourself Younger with What You Eat
By Michael F. Roizen, John La Puma, M.D.