Dr Oz “Charlatan” Colleagues Tell Columbia

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Doctors campaign to get ‘charlatan’ Dr Oz booted from Columbia University faculty because of his ‘lack of integrity’ and ‘quack treatments’
Mehmet Oz is on staff at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons
Dr Oz is the vice chairman and professor of surgery at the medical school
Group of ten top doctors sent letter to school urging for Oz’s dismissal
Said there’s no scientific proof his ‘miracle’ weight-loss supplements work
Columbia said it ‘is committed to the principle of academic freedom’
University has not removed TV celebrity doctor from his faculty position
By EVAN BLEIER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS

PUBLISHED: 20:45 EST, 16 April 2015 | UPDATED: 08:01 EST, 17 April 2015

Dr Mehmet Oz losing authority for popularity

Ten top doctors sent a letter to Columbia University urging the school to remove TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position because he is a ‘charlatan’ who promotes ‘quack treatments’.

Dr Oz, 54, is the vice chairman and professor of surgery at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The Harvard-educated doctor joined the faculty at Columbia in 1993.

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Ten top doctors sent a letter to Columbia University urging the school to remove TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position because he is a ‘charlatan’ who promotes ‘quack treatments’
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Ten top doctors sent a letter to Columbia University urging the school to remove TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position because he is a ‘charlatan’ who promotes ‘quack treatments’

The doctors sent the letter to Lee Goldman, the dean of Columbia’s Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine.

Dr Henry Miller of California’s Stanford University led the effort and he was the first person to sign the letter, the New York Daily News reported.

Columbia’s Medical and Health Sciences Center
Columbia’s Medical and Health Sciences Center

Miller said: ‘He’s a quack and a fake and a charlatan.

‘I think I know the motivation at Columbia.

‘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.’

The nine other doctors from across the country included Dr Joel Tepper, a cancer researcher from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and Dr Gilbert Ross of the American Council on Science and Health in New York City.

The physicians accused Dr Oz of pushing ‘miracle’ weight-loss supplements with no scientific proof that they work.

The doctors wrote that Oz, for years a world-class Columbia cardiothoracic surgeon, has ‘misled and endangered’ the public.

The letter read: ‘He has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain.

‘Thus, Dr Oz is guilty of either outrageous conflicts of interest or flawed judgments about what constitutes appropriate medical treatments, or both.

From left to right, Dr Phil McGraw, financial advisor Suze Orman, host Oprah Winfrey, Dr Mehmet Oz and interior designer Nate Berkus participate in The Oprah Winfrey Show live from Radio City Music Hall in 2010

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The New York Ivy League school responded Thursday, issuing a statement to The Associated Press saying only 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 first came to public attention as a frequent television guest of Oprah Winfrey.

For the past five years, he’s been the host of The Dr Oz Show.

Last year, he appeared before a US Senate panel that accused him of endorsing products that were medically unsound.

At the time, the doctor acknowledged some of the products he advised his viewers to use ‘don’t have the scientific muster to present as fact.’

A show representative did not immediately return a call Thursday from the AP seeking comment.

As vice chairman of Columbia’s surgery department, Dr Oz still occasionally teaches, said Douglas Levy, spokesman for the Columbia University Medical Center.

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