Ten doctors signed a letter this week stating reasons they believe Dr. Mehmet Oz should be fired from Columbia University’s faculty.
The letter, authored by Dr. Henry I. Miller of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, states, “Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine, as well as baseless and relentless opposition to the genetic engineering of food crops. Worst of all, he has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain.” The 10 doctors believe Dr. Oz is guilty of “outrageous conflicts of interest or flawed judgments about what constitutes appropriate medical treatments” and should no longer be present on the faculty of a “prestigious medical institution.”
Dr. Oz, who serves as Columbia’s vice chairman of its surgery department, joined the staff as a professor in 2001. His show began in 2009, requiring Dr. Oz to cut back his hours at Columbia.
“I bring the public information that will help them on their path to be their best selves,” Dr. Oz said in a statement to EW. “We provide multiple points of view, including mine which is offered without conflict of interest. That doesn’t sit well with certain agendas which distort the facts.”
Columbia backed up Dr. Oz in a statement to the Associated Press, saying the university “is committed to the principle of academic freedom and to upholding faculty members’ freedom of expression for statements they make in public discussion.”