Dr. Oz Responds After A Group Of Doctors Asked Columbia To Remove Him From Its Faculty

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Television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz on Friday made his first public comments after a national group of doctors urged Columbia University to remove him from his senior faculty position in the school’s Department of Surgery.

In their Wednesday letter addressed to Lee Goldman, the dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine at Columbia, the physicians said they were “surprised and dismayed” at Oz’s appointment and that he has “misled and endangered” the public with his pathology.

Oz is the Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Oz, who hosts the popular The Dr. Oz Show on daytime TV, had to defend his claims of “miracle” weight-loss supplements he promoted to his viewers during a June 2014 U.S. Senate hearing. Members of Congress criticized his claims as medically unsound, saying, “The scientific community is almost monolithically against you.” A senator even accused him of deliberately lying.

While testifying, Oz admitted that some of the products he told his viewers to use “don’t have the scientific muster to present as fact.”

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