May 5, 2022 — Columbia University Medical Center has severed public ties with Mehmet Oz, MD, the famed physician who calls himself “Dr. Oz” and is now running for Senate in Pennsylvania, according to The Daily Beast.
University Hospital has removed its personal pages from its website. The move appears to have taken place in January, the outlet reported, after HuffPost reported that his title had been changed to “Professor Emeritus of Surgery.” Oz has previously held leadership positions, such as Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Director of Integrated Medicine.
Columbia has removed the Oz faculty profile and disconnected biography hyperlinks on several pages that mention her name in previous articles. His name also no longer appears in searches for doctors on the school’s Irving Medical Center website.
In a listing for the faculty of surgery, Oz is listed as a “special lecturer” and still has office phone and fax numbers, but his listing is not linked to a faculty biography. Almost all other unrelated faculty members are no longer affiliated with the medical center or are deceased, The Daily Beast reported.
Also, the outgoing message on the office voicemail for the phone number on the list is old. He advertises courtroom tickets for his former daytime TV show and informs callers of the medical services he stopped providing 4 years ago, the outlet reported.
Columbia has faced heat for its affiliation with Oz for years, going beyond its decision to run for a Senate seat. In 2015, when he testified before the Senate about his endorsement of “miracle” remedies, a group of medical professionals sent a letter to Columbia demanding Oz be fired, according to Vox.
“Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown contempt for science and evidence-based medicine, as well as baseless and unrelenting opposition to the genetic engineering of food crops,” the doctors wrote. that he exhibited a flagrant lack of integrity in promoting quackery treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain.”
Oz was previously a well-known surgeon. Then he became a public figure thanks to appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Showwhich he used to create his own daytime program and build a multi-million dollar brand.
Oz has drawn criticism from the medical community for years for supporting bogus supplements and weight loss products, The Daily Beast reported. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, he appeared on Fox News nearly two dozen times in support of hydroxychloroquine.
In November 2021, when Oz decided to run for the Senate, he wrote in an article for the Washington Examiner that the response to the pandemic motivated his decision to become a political candidate.
“Dissenting opinions of prominent scholars were ridiculed and quashed so that their ideas could not be aired,” he wrote. “Instead, the government imposed policies that caused unnecessary suffering.”