Mehmet Öz

The Huffington Post 2011 Game Changers Awards

Öz in 2011, photo by Prphotos

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, university professor, author, pseudoscience promoter, and politician. He hosted The Dr. Oz Show from 2009 to 2022.

Mehmet was born in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., the son of Turkish parents, Suna (Atabay) and Mustafa Öz. His father is from Bozkır, Konya Province and his mother is from a wealthy Istanbul family. His father came to Cleveland for a medical residency program in 1955. He is married to Lisa Öz (born Lisa Lemole), a producer, writer, and actress. The couple has four children, including television personality Daphne Öz, and actors Arabella Öz and Oliver Öz. His wife Lisa’s brother is producer Christopher Lemole.

He has citizenship in the U.S. and Turkey. Mehmet is a Muslim.

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) –


Curious about ethnicity

15 Responses

  1. Thenabster says:

    Does he have any Greek?

  2. metonio says:

    His father is an ethnic Turkish from the Bozkır District of Konya Province. His mother is half Turkish and half Circassian from the city of Istanbul. He even took an autosomal DNA test and proved it.

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