Dr. Oz vs The Doctors: Which TV Experts Should You Trust?

by Wendy Travis
12/03/10


More and more patients are leaving the confines of the traditional medical office waiting room to seek their health advice from a television screen. Popular medical celebrities like Dr. Mehmet Oz and the cast of The Doctors offer information on everything from how to improve your sex life to how to turn back the clock on your skin. Do these professionals really make the grade when it comes to offering substantial information about your health? SignatureForum will take a closer look at these Hollywood MDs and the shows they are connected to.

Dr. Mehmet Oz
Dr. Oz rose to celebrity status with his frequent appearances on Oprah and now he is hosting his own show, dealing with a variety of topics each week. In addition to his time in front of the camera, the good doctor serves as vice-chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Oz has also authored more than 400 publications, including eight books.

Dr. Oz's new program, "The Dr. Oz Show," features a cross between reality television and a college lecture. Dr. Oz may have a program schedule that rivals magazine covers at the supermarket, but his factual, clinical approach to topics often provides more substance to the subjects than one might expect. There does tend to be a focus on the sensational and sexy, but there is also useful information that might help viewers get and stay healthier overall.

The Doctors
The Doctors, a daytime program that originated in 2008, consists of a team of four medical professionals. Dr. Travis Stork is an E.R. physician at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Stork is passionate about good health and tries to promote health lifestyle habits on the program. Dr. Jim Sears, like his father and brother, is a board-certified pediatrician and strong advocate for attachment parenting and breast feeding. Dr. Lisa Masterson is a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, and on staff at the Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA. Dr. Drew Ordon is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Beverly Hills, California.

This team addresses topics that range from teen sexual promiscuity to chronic sinusitis, with frank discussions and expert guests. The studio audience also weighs in, with the ability to ask questions both on the air and behind the scenes. This program claims to do for medicine what Dr. Phil did for psychology – bringing topics of interest to the forefront for discussion and education.

Television vs. Reality
While these programs offer a glimpse into the latest trends in the world of health and medicine, television viewing is never a good substitute for a one-on-one relationship with a live medical professional. Whether you want to know why you are experiencing certain symptoms or simply want to find out how to improve your appearance through cosmetic procedures, a consultation with a doctor in his office personalizes the information you receive to your precise needs.

Television programs are designed to get ratings by addressing issues that are particularly interesting to the public at large. They are not created to help individuals resolve health issues on any level. All of the doctors seen on television also work in their own offices, dealing one-on-one with patients who have very specific problems and concerns. Your doctor or aesthetic specialist will do the same thing, considering the best treatments and procedures for you based on your unique concerns and medical history.

If you are interested in finding out more about particular cosmetic procedures, or would like to spend time talking to a doctor about your specific concerns, we can help. The extensive listing of specialists at SignatureForum can put you in contact with a physician or aesthetic professional in your area that can give you information customized to your unique needs and situation. Contact a representative at SignatureForum today to set up an appointment for a consultation with a cosmetic specialist in your area.

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