Michael Roizen, M.D.
First Chief Wellness Officer, Cleveland Clinic
Dr. Roizen served as Cleveland Clinic’s first Chief Wellness Officer from 2007 to 2019 and founding Chair of its Wellness Institute. The Clinic’s Wellness Programs helped the clinic not spend over 1.250 billion dollars for its 101,000 employees and dependents over 11 years compared with national averages and help over 43.6% of participants achieve 6 normals+2 ® for health. This changed their Compared to national averages, they reduced their rate of aging and time of disability onset and was associated with over a 30% decrease in sick time.
Dr Roizen is a recipient of an Emmy, an Elle, and the Paul Rogers best medical communicator award from the National Library of Medicine. He initiated and developed the RealAge concept to motivate behavior change. That started the concept that 60 could be the new 40. He now believes that soon 90 will be the new 40—how you can prepare for it is described in his most recent book and app, The Great Age Reboot and Reboot Your Age app. That app may also be useful to help employers motivate employees to sustainable health promoting behavior change.
Dr Roizen wanted to run an ICU so became board certified in Internal Medicine (Harvard’s Beth Isreal Hospital was where he did his medicine residency) and Anesthesiology (UCSF). He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams, AOA from UCSF School of Medicine. He now serves fifty percent time as Cleveland Clinic as Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus, and is a Professor, Learner College of Medicine of the Cleveland Clinic at Case Western Reserve University.
He has authored over 195 peer reviewed scientific publications (he really is a science nerd), four New York Times #1 best sellers, 9 overall bestsellers; he and Dr Oz coauthored a daily column syndicated to over 100 newspapers that translates current scientific reports into actionable steps for lay audiences. Since Dr Oz declared his candidacy for public office, Dr Roizen has continued the column alone.
He is a recipient of The United Way of Cleveland Humanitarian of the Year Award. He has won over 75 trophies in class A squash competition. His wife is a developmental pediatrician also listed in the Best Doctors in America. The Roizens have two children: Jenny, a PhD organic chemist working for the US Energy Department, and Jeffrey, an MD/PhD faculty member in pediatric endocrinology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Roizen is devoted to helping people live younger. He consults with patients in Cleveland Clinic’s Executive Health and Wellness Programs. He teaches them the 80% likelihood that they can be 40 at calendar age 90, and how to prepare for that.