These Scientists Say Columbia Should Fire Dr. Oz

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Update: Columbia University responded to the scientists' letter, explaining that they will not be removing Dr. Oz from his appointment. In a statement to the Associated Press, the school said it is "committed to the principle of academic freedom and to upholding faculty members' freedom of expression for statements they make in public discussion."

This article was originally published April 16, 2015.

Anyone who still gets their medical advice from Dr. Mehmet Oz may want to take this opportunity to reconsider: In a letter sent to a dean at Columbia University, a group of physicians have called for Dr. Oz to lose his faculty appointment there, explains Skepchick.

We thought things looked pretty bad last year when an actual study suggested that half of The Dr. Oz Show's advice was either wrong — meaning it contradicted accepted medical evidence — or unfounded. This, combined with the doc's backing of BS diet supplements and his controversial stance against GMO foods, has finally spurred scientists to strike back.

This week, 10 physicians at institutions such as Stanford University and the University of California, San Diego wrote to Lee Goldman, MD, the dean of Columbia University's medical school. In the letter, they explain why they so strongly object to the fact that Oz continues to hold a senior position in the university's Department of Surgery.

"Thus, Dr. Oz is guilty of either outrageous conflicts of interest or flawed judgements about what constitutes appropriate medical treatments, or both.Whatever the nature of his pathology, members of the public are being misled and endangered, which makes Dr. Oz’s presence on the faculty of a prestigious medical institution unacceptable."

Obviously, we don't know how this will shake out or how Dr. Goldman will respond. But, this is one show we'll definitely be watching.
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