2 SIUH docs appear on Dr. Oz's Valentine's Day show


Staten Island doctors pay call on Dr. Oz in Valentine's Day special

Tracey Porpora/Staten Island Advance By Tracey Porpora/Staten Island Advance
on February 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM

P1 Dr Oz Patterson.jpg The Dr. Oz Show will feature Obinna Efobi and Zachary Sean Patterson,
doctors from Staten Island University Hospital, in the show: "THE MOST
(Photo Courtesy of Sony Pictures Television)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Who wants to marry a doctor?

That's the question posed by Dr. Mehmet Oz on a special Valentine's Day show in which 50 of the nation's most eligible doctors -- two of them employed at Staten Island University Hospital -- share their medical knowledge with the all-single female studio audience, as well as viewers nationwide.

One of the eligible physicians is Dr. Zachary Patterson, 29, a second-year resident with a specialty in pediatrics at University Hospital.

The "Dr. Oz Show" called him shortly after a co-worker gave producers his name and photo.

"I did the show because I figured it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that fell in my lap," said Patterson. "I figured it would be fun just to go and see how a television show is made, meet Dr. Oz and give positive exposure to the hospital."

Patterson, along with the other 49 "hunky" doctors, offers tips to viewers pertaining to proper nutrition, better sleep and ways to reduce stress.

There's also a "dating game" segment, and the opportunity for each physician to hand a lucky audience member a single red rose -- akin to what transpires on "The Bachelor" reality show, according to Patterson.

Also appearing on the show is Dr. Obinna Efobi, 31, an attending anesthesiologist at University Hospital, who was also refereed to "Dr. Oz" by a co-worker.

"I was honored to be thought of in that regard," said Efobi, who has worked at the hospital for 30 months and graduated from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

"Dr. Oz was great to work with."

The 6-foot-5, 215 pound anesthesiologist with an athletic build said that though the show showcases bachelor doctors, it focuses on healthy living tips.

"It was a Valentine's Day show, but it was really about healthy living, and it was still a very informative show," he said. 

Working long hours, Patterson, who is 6-feet-2 and about 165 pounds, said it's hard to meet a significant other.

The Toronto native, who lives in Brooklyn, obtained his medical degree from the Medical University of the Americas in the Caribbean.

Always having wanted to move to the Big Apple, this eligible physician was lured to the area after being impressed with University Hospital's programs.

"The program at the hospital struck me. I liked the people and the doctors I met," he said. "They have a good emphasis on teaching, patient care, and the program itself really jumped out at me."

The "Dr. Oz Show" airs Thursday at 4 p.m. on Fox/Ch. 5.

Check out the bachelor doctors once the show airs at DoctorOz.com.

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