Last week a group of doctors from across the country called on Columbia University to remove Dr. Mehmet Oz from their faculty list. Here’s the full text of the letter:
Lee Goldman, M.D. Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine Columbia University Dear Dr. Goldman: I am writing to you on behalf of myself and the undersigned colleagues below, all of whom are distinguished physicians.
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 administrative position in the Department of Surgery.
As described here and here, as well as in other publications, 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. 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.
Henry I. Miller, M.D. Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy & Public Policy Hoover Institution Stanford University Stanford, CA
Scott W. Atlas, M.D. David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow Hoover Institution Stanford University Stanford, CA
Jack Fisher, M.D. Professor of Surgery (emeritus) University of California, San Diego La Jolla, CA
Shelley Fleet, M.D. Anesthesiologist Longwood, FL
Gordon N. Gill, M.D. Dean (emeritus) of Translational Medicine University of California, San Diego La Jolla, CA
Michael H. Mellon, M.D. Pediatric Allergist San Diego, CA
GIlbert Ross, M.D. President (Acting) and Executive Director American Council on Science and Health New York, NY
Samuel Schneider, M.D. Psychiatrist Princeton, NJ
Glenn Swogger Jr. M.D. Director of the Will Menninger Center for Applied Behavioral Sciences (retired)The Menninger Foundation Topeka, KS
Joel E. Tepper, M.D. Hector MacLean Distinguished Professor of Cancer Research Dept of Radiation Oncology University of North Carolina School of Medicine Chapel Hill, NC