A group of doctors from Columbia University’s department of surgery are requesting T.V.’s famous Dr. Oz be dismissed.
In a scathing one-page letter to Lee Goldman, dean of Columbia’s Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, Dr. Henry Miller of Stanford said in reference to Oz, “He’s a quack and a fake and a charlatan.”
“I think I know the motivation at Columbia,” Miller continued. “They’re star-struck, and like having on their faculty the best-known doctor in the country. But the fact is that his advice endangers patients, and this doesn’t seem to faze them. Whether they’re hoping Oprah will come and endow a center for homeopathic medicine, I don’t know.”
The 10-physician group said that Oz, who was once a world-class Columbia cardiothoracic surgeon, “has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain.” They said he has “misled and endangered” the public.
Even with the candid comments and demand of his removal, Columbia University has not removed the television celebrity from his faculty position.
“Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine.” They say he’s pushing “miracle” weight-loss supplements with no scientific proof that they work.
The letter, which was sent earlier this week, was also signed by Dr. Gilbert Ross, executive director of the American Counsel on Science and Health.
“We find it a shame that he has fled from the ethical and responsible practice of medicine to exploit his television popularity,” said the Manhattan-based doctor.
He ripped into the Harvard-educated Dr. Mehmet Oz for the “various quack propositions that he is promulgating on his TV show — magical mystery cures.”
While calls to a spokesman for Oz were not returned, the New York Ivy League school responded with a statement to the Associated Press saying that the school “is committed to the principle of academic freedom and to upholding faculty members’ freedom of expression for statements they make in public discussion.”
Dr. Oz was brought into the public limelight after appearing on regular Oprah Winfrey shows. For the past five years, he has hosted “The Dr. Oz Show.”
Nine other doctors from across the country also backed the letter.
Last year, Oz was accused of endorsing products that were medically unsound. He was brought before a US Senate panel where he acknowledged some of the products he advised on “don’t have the scientific muster to present as fact.”