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Doctors want Dr. Oz removed from Columbia faculty

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Thursday, April 16, 2015, 2:29 PM

Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of "The Dr. Oz Show" and vice chair of the surgery department at Columbia University, is under fire from a group of prominent doctors.Manuel Balce Ceneta/Ap

Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of “The Dr. Oz Show” and vice chair of the surgery department at Columbia University, is under fire from a group of prominent doctors.

Ten prominent physicians want Columbia University to cancel its real-life version of “The Dr. Oz Show.”

In a letter fired off to the dean of faculties for Health Sciences and Medicine at the Ivy League school, the doctors called for Mehmet Oz’s dismissal from his post in the Department of Surgery.

“He has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain,” read the pointed missive first reported by BuzzFeed News.

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

Columbia, in a statement provided to BuzzFeed, said the school was “committed to the principle of academic freedom and to upholding all faculty members’ freedom of expression.”

But the letter sent to Dr. Lee Goldman ranted that Oz, who was thrust into prominence by Oprah Winfrey, was undeserving of his position as vice chair of the surgery department.

In a letter to the dean of faculties for Health Sciences and Medicine, the doctors called for Oz’s dismissal from his faculty post over his "egregious lack of integrity."Lauren Victoria Burke/AP

In a letter to the dean of faculties for Health Sciences and Medicine, the doctors called for Oz’s dismissal from his faculty post over his “egregious lack of integrity.”

“We are surprised and dismayed that Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons would permit Dr. Mehmet Oz to occupy a faculty appointment, let alone a senior administration position,” the letter read.

Prior to his television fame, the Harvard-educated Oz was a nationally known cardiothoracic surgeon.

It’s not the first time Oz has come under fire for his on-air persona. At a Washington appearance in June, a Senate panel blasted Oz for his endorsement of “miracle” weight loss products that didn’t work.

“I don’t know why you need to say this stuff, because you know it’s not true,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri).

lmcshane@nydailynews.com


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