Michael F. Roizen, MD, created the RealAge concept and is the author of the New York Times best seller, RealAge. He 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 a tour of duty in the 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 Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Roizen is past chairman of an FDA advisory committee and a former editor for six medical journals. He has published more than 155 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 100 textbook chapters, 30 editorials, and four medical books, including a medical best seller. He has also received 12 U.S. patents and several foreign patents.
After nine years on the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, he started and served as medical director of the Chicago Program for Executive Health. He also chaired the top-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 chairman of the division of anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and comprehensive pain management at The Cleveland Clinic.
His first general audience book, RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? became a New York Times No. 1 best seller 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 No. 1 in four other countries. His follow-up, The RealAge Diet: Make Yourself Younger with What You Eat, written with John La Puma, MD, also became a New York Timesbest seller in April 2001. His third book was Cooking the RealAge Way, also with La Puma, and he published an update to the original RealAge book, The RealAge Makeover in 2004. His most recent book, YOU: The Owner’s Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger, written with Mehmet Oz, MD, debuted in May 2005.
Roizen has given more than 1,200 lectures to professional medical groups and has been recognized with more than 20 professional lectureships. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, 20/20, CBN, CNN, CBS, Good Morning America, The Montel Williams Show, and PBS. He was also featured in magazines including Fortune, Glamour, Cosmopolitan,Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, Reader’s Digest,Men’s Health, and Prevention.
Roizen still practices anesthesiology and internal medicine, using the RealAge metric to motivate his patients. He has personally delivered medical care to eight Nobel Prize winners, 340 ex-smokers, more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs and CFOs, and countless others. He has been in the Best Doctors in America since 1989.