Fact Check

Did Dr. Oz Win the Nobel Prize in Medicine?

... For a “memory drug”?

Published Oct 19, 2022

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Claim:
Television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz won a Nobel Prize in medicine for a “memory drug.”

Fact Check

Dr. Mehmet Oz, television personality and 2022 Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, has had a colorful career, but winning a Nobel Prize is not among his achievements. Since 2021, online articles and posts claim he won the Nobel Prize for medicine, including this post that wonders if it was for a “memory pill.”

The “memory drug” in question could be referring to a number of instances where “The Dr. Oz Show” and Oz himself promoted brain supplements meant to enhance memory. Oz himself has made a number of more scientifically suspect claims, including those about weight-loss pills; telling parents that apple juice contained dangerous levels of arsenic; and claiming women who carry cellphones in their bras could get breast cancer. The on-air medical advice he dispensed on “The Dr. Oz Show” has been frequently criticized and debunked over the years.

Which brings us back to the impossibility of his winning a Nobel Prize for medicine. One 2021 blog piece by Benzi Kluger, who says he is a professor of neurology, appears to be written as satire: “Coming off of the heels of being the top-running host for Jeopardy, Dr. Oz’s amazing year continues with his nomination and acceptance of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his outstanding contributions in challenging the scientific community to push the frontiers of medicine beyond the so-called bounds of reason and evidence.”

Looking through the Nobel archives, there is no evidence of Oz's winning or being nominated for any such award, nor is he on the list of winners for the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. 

Oz has espoused many controversial opinions before, and has spread questionable medical claims, even as he has won Emmy awards. But a Nobel Prize is not among his list of strange and unusual career highlights. 

Sources:

“All Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine.” NobelPrize.Org, https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/lists/all-nobel-laureates-in-physiology-or-medicine. Accessed 19 Oct. 2022.

“Dr. Oz Shifts Strategy as Campaign Ails.” POLITICO, https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/26/dr-oz-campaign-fetterman-00053810. Accessed 19 Oct. 2022.

Gabriel, Trip. “‘Magic’ Weight-Loss Pills and Covid Cures: Dr. Oz Under the Microscope.” The New York Times, 26 Dec. 2021. NYTimes.com, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/26/us/politics/dr-oz-medical-advice.html. Accessed 19 Oct. 2022.

“Nomination archive.” NobelPrize.Org, 1 Apr. 2020, https://www.nobelprize.org/nomination/archive/search_people.php. Accessed 19 Oct. 2022.

“The Dr. Oz Show.” The Dr. Oz Show, https://www.drozshow.com/tag/best-supplements-for-brain-health. Accessed 19 Oct. 2022.

“‘The Dr. Oz Show’ Wins Emmy® Award For The Ninth Time At The 2017 Daytime Emmy® Awards.” The Dr. Oz Show, 1 May 2017, https://www.drozshow.com/press-release/dr-oz-show-wins-emmy-award-ninth-time-2017-daytime-emmy-awards. Accessed 19 Oct. 2022.

“Unbelievable News: Dr. Oz Wins Nobel Prize in Medicine.” Benzi Kluger, 1 Apr. 2021, https://benzikluger.com/2021/04/01/unbelievable-news-dr-oz-wins-nobel-prize-in-medicine/. Accessed 19 Oct. 2022.

"Vitamin Supplements For Memory: Dr. Oz." Mondays with Marlo. www.youtube.com, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqM7a793wvE. Accessed 19 Oct. 2022.

Nur Nasreen Ibrahim is a reporter with experience working in television, international news coverage, fact checking, and creative writing.

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