Mehmet Öz

by ethnic on July 20, 2010

The Huffington Post 2011 Game Changers Awards

Birth Name: Mehmet Cengiz Öz

Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 11, 1960

Ethnicity: Turkish, some Circassian

Mehmet Öz is an American television personality, cardiothoracic surgeon, Columbia University professor, pseudoscience promoter, and author. He has hosted The Dr. Oz Show since 2009.

Mehmet was born in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., the son of Turkish parents, Suna (Atabay) and Mustafa Öz, from Konya Province. He is married to Lisa Öz (born Lisa Lemole), a producer, writer, and actress. The couple has four children, including television personality Daphne Öz.

Mehmet’s maternal grandfather was named Kemal Atabay. Kemal was born in İstanbul.

His great-great-grandparents on his mother’s side were Shapsugs (a Circassian tribe).

Source: Genealogy of Mehmet Öz (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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tUMAGA July 27, 2018 at 2:26 pm

circassians and many turks from the black sea area look like him

Girll September 12, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Correction: Add his Circassian ancestry on here too.

His great-great-grandparents on his mother’s side were Shapsug(Circassian tribe)

daniel January 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Aylin : Dr. Oz look like an Irish American but he is Turk.

tUMAGA July 27, 2018 at 2:24 pm

here in germany we have millions of turks

most of them are pale and nearly all of them have hazel or green or blue eyes

there are only a few who look ultra asian :-)

daniel December 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Hey he is a good Doctor , yes its true he doesn´t look like Turkish Man . I thought Italian american or Irish American.

Aylin January 17, 2014 at 1:29 pm

I don’t know how you think Turks look like but in the city where I come from lots of men look like him.

daniel January 22, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Aylin: Im living in Germany and i have lot of turkish Friends , so i know very well how the turks look like .
I have seen many Turks who look White (Caucasian) and have also seen some Turks who looks so Mongolid ( Chinese, Japanese) . Ohh there are also Turks who looks like Indian or Pakistani .

Katz January 22, 2014 at 6:18 pm

He looks like a common Eurasian Turk; Caucasian-Mongoloid mixed features.

neiltennant July 23, 2017 at 8:08 am

hi Daniel im also from germany and do have also tons of turkish friends and yes

you are right he does not look like a turk

to me most german people say that i look like a turk. nobody says arab or indian etc. because im pale and have blonde beard but most turks look like me

Fatmonkey July 23, 2017 at 11:02 am

Back in the days of the Ottoman Empire, plenty of citizens of what is today Turkey were of non-Turkish descent, i.e. they were ancestrally and ethnically connected to the peoples whose lands Ottomans conquered and adjoined to the Empire. That said, Mehmet could easily have whatever ethnicity there was in the old Ottoman hodge-podge: Greek, Wallachian/ Romanian, Bulgarian, Albanian, Serbian…

For example, being Serbian and familiar with my history, I happen to know some 13 of Ottoman Viziers and 7 of their Grand Viziers were of Serbian background. To say nothing of the countless non-Turkish Sultanas. One can but assume how many of the “common” folks were non-Turkish if a position as high as a Grand Vizier”s or Queen’s was reachable to an immigrant.

TheHelper November 22, 2017 at 2:13 pm

@daniel Turkish people ARE White.

neiltennant July 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm

yes but turks are different even now

i have 200 turkish friends

most of them have hazel or green or blue eyes only a few of them are dark and brown eyed

tUMAGA July 27, 2018 at 2:25 pm

he does look turkish

most turks are pale

i have researched this for years because we have a big community of them here in germany
and my best friend for example has also greenish or hazel eyes i always thought he has dark brown

denise carroll July 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm

actually, he does :)

iNooooooooooowwww May 1, 2011 at 10:13 am

Turkish he doesnt look like

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