What's Your Real Age? It's In Your Genes

September 6, 2011

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BUFFALO, NY – The Dr. George E. Schreiner ’43 Pre-Medical Distinguished Speaker Series at Canisius College will welcome Michael Roizen, MD, on Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center, located at the corner of Main Street and Eastwood Place (doors open at 7:00 p.m.). Roizen will present a lecture, entitled“RealAge and You: The Cleveland Clinic Experience on Controlling Your Genes and What it Means for You.”The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

A native of Buffalo, NY, Roizen is chair of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute and chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, where he also serves as a professor of internal medicine and anesthesiology. Roizen is most renowned for his research in nutrition as a tool for optimum health and longevity. He established the “real age” quiz, which established a number entirely different from a person’s chronological age. Years are added for poor health habits, such as tobacco use or subtracted for regular exercise and healthy diet habits. Roizen’s book on the subject, RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? is a New York Times best-seller. 

Roizen is also the co-author of the highly-popular YOU healthy living book series, which he writes with Mehmet Oz, MD, a cardiologist and medical school professor at Columbia University. Together, Roizen and Oz publishedYOU: The Owner’s Manual – An Insider’s Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger; YOU: On A Diet – The Owner’s Manual for Waist Management; YOU: The Smart Patient – An Insider’s Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment; YOU: Staying Young – The Owner’s Manual for Extending Your Warranty; YOU: Being Beautiful – The Owner’s Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty; and YOU: Losing Weight – The Owner’s Manual to Simple and Healthy Weight Loss. 

Roizen’s regular appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey” show, alongside Oz, made him a household name. He has also appeared on “The TODAY Show,” “Good Morning America” and “The Dr. Oz Show.” Roizen and Oz currently co-write a syndicated medical column, which appears in 71 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. In 2008, the Books for Better Health organization honored Roizen and Oz, jointly, with an Elle Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement. In November 2011, the National Library of Medicine will present the doctors with its Paul Rodgers Award for Best Medical Communicators. 

Prior to Roizen’s work at the Cleveland Clinic, he was dean of the medical school (2001) and professor of anesthesiology (2001-2005) at SUNY Upstate Medical Center and the University of Syracuse, and professor of internal medicine and chair of the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago (1985-2001). 

Roizen is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College and an 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. Roizen is certified by both the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. 

Dr. George E. Schreiner, for whom the pre-medical center at Canisius is named, is a 1943 alumnus and former trustee of Canisius College. He is a retired Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center and an internationally-renowned nephrologist. 

For more information on Michael Roizen’s lecture, contact the Public Relations Office at Canisius College, at 716-888-2790. 

Canisius College is one of 28 Catholic Jesuit colleges in the nation and the premier private college in Western New York. Canisius prepares leaders – intelligent, caring, faithful individuals – able to pursue and promote excellence in their professions, their communities and their service to humanity.