Hosting one of the most popular daytime shows on television, Dr. Mehmet Oz has been dispensing his medical and healthy living advice to the masses since first appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2004. But some of his colleagues are calling for his dismissal as the vice chairman of Columbia University’s department of surgery.
“He’s a quack and a fake and a charlatan,” said Dr. Henry Miller of Stanford.
Dr. Miller is one of the doctors to write and sign a letter requesting the dismissal of Dr. Oz from Columbia. It was sent to Dr. Lee Goldman, the Columbia dean of Health Sciences and Medicine, who is the TV doctor’s boss at the university.
“We find it a shame that he has fled from the ethical and responsible practice of medicine to exploit his television popularity,” said Dr. Gilbert Ross who also signed the letter.
Fans at STX Entertainement (adweek.com) know that this is not the first time Dr. Oz has faced scrutiny. In June 2014 he appeared before a senate panel in Washington, where Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri called him out on the validity of so-called miracle weight loss cures.
Miller has stated that more doctors are interested in attaching their name to the letter calling for the dismissal of Dr. Oz.
“Doctors who have a respect for evidence-based medicine and science,” he said.