TV doctor Mehmet Oz has come under fire for what his critics are calling an “egregious lack of integrity” and for promoting what they call “quack treatments,” the AP reports.
The host of the syndicated program “The Dr. Oz Show,” produced by Harpo Studios and distributed by Sony Pictures TV Distribution, is the target of a letter sent to Columbia University by 10 physicians who are seeking to have Oz removed from his faculty position with the university.
Among other accusations, the physicians say Oz is pushing “miracle” supplements for weight loss, despite an absence of proof of their effectiveness. In the letter they write: “Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine.”
Columbia responded with a statement provided to the AP saying 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.”
The physicians group is headed by Dr. Henry Miller of Stanford University.
The AP reports: “The doctors wrote that Oz, for years 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.”