My Dr. Oz Autograph Collection (2002-2009)

From 1998 until the middle of 2009, I had the opportunity to work with the now famous television celebrity doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz - always in the capacity of a camera or audio person on medical video crews - and usually at Columbia University Medical Center, located in northern Manhattan. And on perhaps 100 different occasions.

But it wasn’t until late in 2002, once I found out Mehmet was heading to television to tell his audiences about alternative therapies, complimentary medicines, healthy eating habits and so on, did I ask for his autograph.Then shortly after that, I decided to try to secure his signature on all kinds of paper materials he would be somehow associated with - and to do this Dr. Oz-focus collecting effort for as long as I could.

And how did I do?

Well, my collection includes over 100 pieces of paper ephemera, and I secured his autograph 46 times. Not too bad, right?

And where were they obtained? In our video studio at first - in 2003 during the months Mehmet Oz was practicing in front of VHS cameras and small audiences to go on TV, and at later taping sessions of him simply talking to a camera; at lectures of his; at press-covered hospital events he participated in; when he was educating teens, parents and other members of the Washington Heights community about good eating habits at a couple of his Health Corps-sponsored events; a few book talks; and whenever I caught up with him before or after his numerous book and CD audio taping sessions in 2007 and 2008. (Added note: For obvious reasons, the numerous times I assisted with the videotaping of his surgeries I never brought any paper materials with me, nor were any available.)

Mehmet was very amiable to my efforts. After about the sixth time I asked for his autograph, every additional time we met he would often smile at me, pull a pen out of a pocket of his white coat, and say something like, “Michael, where do I sign?” Then I would lay the materials in front of him or give him a marker to use instead.

Today, whereas Mehmet is still associated with Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at the medical center located in northern Manhattan - although at a much lesser degree because of his growing celebrity-related work and television filming schedule - I am no longer at Columbia. The huge audiovisual operation there (in existence for 40 years) was finally closed in June 2009 after a couple of years of medical school wide cost-cutting measures, and I lost my job. (Unemployment gives your life meaning - especially during a Great Recession. Know what I mean?)

I thoroughly enjoyed working with and serving Dr. Oz in the capacity I did. He is just as friendly, passionate and caring as you see him on The Dr. Oz Show. And he surrounds himself with good people too.

It was a thrill to see him go from in front of my little video camera at Columbia to those at the Discovery Channel, Oprah and now at his own show on Fox television. So cool.

I hope you enjoy looking over the materials. And do tell any Dr. Oz fans you know about my unique collection when you can.

The collection

I secured this magazine reprint and Dr. Oz's autograph in December 2002.
I secured this magazine reprint and Dr. Oz's autograph in December 2002.
An unsigned original script used while preparing for the March 26, 2003 taping of Second Opinion with Dr. Oz. The producers and staff of the show and Dr. Oz practiced in the video studio at the medical center before they went to the Discovery Channel
An unsigned original script used while preparing for the March 26, 2003 taping of Second Opinion with Dr. Oz. The producers and staff of the show and Dr. Oz practiced in the video studio at the medical center before they went to the Discovery Channel
Autographed script used while practicing for the April 23, 2003 taping of Second Opinion with Dr. Oz.
Autographed script used while practicing for the April 23, 2003 taping of Second Opinion with Dr. Oz.
This autographed flier is an example of how the producers of Second Opinion With Dr. Oz solicited for an audience - in May 2003. Today, I hear people are turned away at his Fox television recording sessions at Rockefeller Center.
This autographed flier is an example of how the producers of Second Opinion With Dr. Oz solicited for an audience - in May 2003. Today, I hear people are turned away at his Fox television recording sessions at Rockefeller Center.
An unsigned and undated script titled, Bioterrorism - also used in a practice session at Columbia.
An unsigned and undated script titled, Bioterrorism - also used in a practice session at Columbia.
Signed flier from a lecture by Dr. Oz on October 7, 2003 at the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University Medical Center.
Signed flier from a lecture by Dr. Oz on October 7, 2003 at the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University Medical Center.
A second one.
A second one.
A third one.
A third one.
Item I found online dated May 10, 2005.
Item I found online dated May 10, 2005.
Signed flier from a lecture by Dr. Oz on October 7, 2005 at the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University Medical Center.
Signed flier from a lecture by Dr. Oz on October 7, 2005 at the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University Medical Center.
A second one.
A second one.
One of two fliers from a book talk featuring and signed by both Dr. Oz and Dr. Lori Mosca.
One of two fliers from a book talk featuring and signed by both Dr. Oz and Dr. Lori Mosca.
The second one signed by Mehmet and Lori.
The second one signed by Mehmet and Lori.
Signed only by Mehmet.
Signed only by Mehmet.
Newsletter given out at the book talk - from Dr. Lori Mosca.
Newsletter given out at the book talk - from Dr. Lori Mosca.
This event flier includes the autographs of Dr. Oz and New York City Council Member Joel Rivera.        This occasion featured some of the teen members of Dr. Oz's Health Corps.
This event flier includes the autographs of Dr. Oz and New York City Council Member Joel Rivera. This occasion featured some of the teen members of Dr. Oz's Health Corps.
Signed online press item stating Oprah & Friends (including Dr. Oz) is heading to XM Satellite Radio.
Signed online press item stating Oprah & Friends (including Dr. Oz) is heading to XM Satellite Radio.
A second press item.
A second press item.
This press release shows the autographs of Dr. Oz and former MLB player Frank Torre who had received a heart transplant ten years earlier. This was a very festive affair.
This press release shows the autographs of Dr. Oz and former MLB player Frank Torre who had received a heart transplant ten years earlier. This was a very festive affair.

Signed materials from a few of his book and CD audiotaping sessions in 2007-2008.

Cover page of a script Dr. Oz read from on March 2007. Single page only.
Cover page of a script Dr. Oz read from on March 2007. Single page only.
Cover page from another script. Single page only.
Cover page from another script. Single page only.
Dr. Oz-signed first page of his You On A Walk audio script. Also includes pages 2-25. If I recall correctly, Dr. Michael Roizen's parts for this CD were recorded elsewhere.
Dr. Oz-signed first page of his You On A Walk audio script. Also includes pages 2-25. If I recall correctly, Dr. Michael Roizen's parts for this CD were recorded elsewhere.
Preface page to his script for the audio recording which accompanied a later edition of the best-selling book, YOU: The Owners Manual. Also includes pages 2-34.
Preface page to his script for the audio recording which accompanied a later edition of the best-selling book, YOU: The Owners Manual. Also includes pages 2-34.
Cover page to the script, The Truth About Food: Young and Beautiful. Single page only.
Cover page to the script, The Truth About Food: Young and Beautiful. Single page only.

Additional event materials, secured in 2007 to 2009.

This program includes the autographs of Dr. Herb Pardes, CEO of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Dr. Eric Rose, who peformed the first heart transplant on a child; New York Congressman Charlie Rangel; Dr. Oz, and others in attendance.
This program includes the autographs of Dr. Herb Pardes, CEO of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Dr. Eric Rose, who peformed the first heart transplant on a child; New York Congressman Charlie Rangel; Dr. Oz, and others in attendance.
This card was signed by Dr. Oz.
This card was signed by Dr. Oz.
Program signed by Dr. Oz.
Program signed by Dr. Oz.
And again.
And again.
Signed article I found online about Dr. Oz from The Record newspaper in NJ.
Signed article I found online about Dr. Oz from The Record newspaper in NJ.
Obtained at his appearance with Dr. Michael Roizen on November 12, 2007, at the Borders book store at the Time Warner Center. See below for the book.
Obtained at his appearance with Dr. Michael Roizen on November 12, 2007, at the Borders book store at the Time Warner Center. See below for the book.
Flier from Borders book store about the discussion.
Flier from Borders book store about the discussion.
From a press event when Dr. Oz and officials from the State of New York Dept. of Health and the American Cancer Society introduced an ad campaign to get doctors all over the country to talk to their patients about quitting smoking.
From a press event when Dr. Oz and officials from the State of New York Dept. of Health and the American Cancer Society introduced an ad campaign to get doctors all over the country to talk to their patients about quitting smoking.
A second signed one - from the American Cancer Society.
A second signed one - from the American Cancer Society.
Press item dated April 9, 2008, stating Dr. Oz was getting his own show.
Press item dated April 9, 2008, stating Dr. Oz was getting his own show.
Another.
Another.
In May 2008, when Mehmet made Time magazine's list of most influential people in the world, I printed two of these for him to sign.
In May 2008, when Mehmet made Time magazine's list of most influential people in the world, I printed two of these for him to sign.
Found online.
Found online.
I got Dr. Oz to sign three of these - reprints from U.S. News & World Report describing the high ranking NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital got as one of the best hospitals in America.
I got Dr. Oz to sign three of these - reprints from U.S. News & World Report describing the high ranking NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital got as one of the best hospitals in America.
After Dr. Oz testified in Washington D.C. before the Senate Health. Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on February 26, 2009, I got him to autograph a copy of his testimony.
After Dr. Oz testified in Washington D.C. before the Senate Health. Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on February 26, 2009, I got him to autograph a copy of his testimony.
Look at the group acquisition - secured at an all day Festschrift in honor of Dr. Eric Rose, the former chairman of the Department of Surgery at Columbia University. This took place less than two months before I was laid off at Columbia.
Look at the group acquisition - secured at an all day Festschrift in honor of Dr. Eric Rose, the former chairman of the Department of Surgery at Columbia University. This took place less than two months before I was laid off at Columbia.
A separate handout also signed.
A separate handout also signed.
Some of the last signatures I secured of Dr. Oz were on four of these cards  obtained from his Health Corps-sponsored Highway to Health Festival on May 30, 2009 in northern Manhattan.
Some of the last signatures I secured of Dr. Oz were on four of these cards obtained from his Health Corps-sponsored Highway to Health Festival on May 30, 2009 in northern Manhattan.
This is what the back of the above cards look like.
This is what the back of the above cards look like.
Mehmet's assistant at Columbia sent me this after I said my goodbye to Mehmet in his office during my last week of employment there. While there he gave me a handful of peanuts - sent to him by someone overseas.
Mehmet's assistant at Columbia sent me this after I said my goodbye to Mehmet in his office during my last week of employment there. While there he gave me a handful of peanuts - sent to him by someone overseas.

Thanks for checking out my collection. Do tell others about it. And say hello to Mehmet for me if you see him on his hit show.

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Jhangora 4 years ago from Dehradun

You are a very lucky person indeed. I would love to meet Dr. Oz one day. He has a very charming personality and looks great on TV. Sorry you know you lost your job. Hope things are OK now.

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