April 17, 2015 9:32 am -


They’re calling him “a fake and a charlatan.”

The group of nationally known doctors, in a lacerating letter to his boss, called for the TV doctor’s dismissal from the prestigious post of vice chairman of Columbia University’s department of surgery.

“He’s a quack and a fake and a charlatan,” said Dr. Henry Miller of Stanford, the first person to sign the poison-pen letter.

“I think I know the motivation at Columbia,” he continued. “They’re star-struck, and like having on their faculty the best-known doctor in the country. But the fact is that his advice endangers patients, and this doesn’t seem to faze them. Whether they’re hoping Oprah will come and endow a center for homeopathic medicine, I don’t know.”

“Dr. Oz is guilty of either outrageous conflicts of interest or flawed judgments about what constitutes appropriate medical treatments, or both,” the letter concluded.

“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.”



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

14 responses to Doctors Want Oz Dismissed

  1. Elvin B. Ross April 17th, 2015 at 9:37 am

    About time.

  2. Robert M. Snyder April 17th, 2015 at 10:04 am

    When this guy’s gone, someone else will come along to take his place. There is a huge market for pseudoscience. Just look at the tabloids on display at the supermarket checkout line. How many celebrities have promoted diet fads over the years?

    • Larry Schmitt April 17th, 2015 at 10:24 am

      So if that’s true, that means we should just leave him where he is? At least they need to try to fix it.

      • Robert M. Snyder April 17th, 2015 at 11:12 am

        Suzanne Somers also promotes what I would consider to be pseudo-scientific dietary/medical advice. So I guess the issue is not whether someone should be permitted to promote that stuff, but whether Columbia should keep him on staff, or pressure him to stop promoting things like homeopathy.

        There has been a long-standing debate about whether the Western medical establishment should be more open-minded about alternative/Eastern approaches to medicine. I can understand why Columbia might want to give this guy considerable leeway.

        Not very long ago, the use of maggots and leeches would have been considered totally unscientific. But these organisms have recently been found to have scientifically proven benefits in medical treatment.

        • fancypants April 17th, 2015 at 7:42 pm

          the difference is suzanne somers writes books and videos on her views, take it or leave it ? I cant say the same for some college professors who help decide if your worthy of a college degree …

  3. Carla Akins April 17th, 2015 at 10:42 am

    He is a fake and a charlatan and he should be dismissed. His connection with Columbia is tacit endorsement of his snakeoil salesman tactics.

    • anothertoothpick April 17th, 2015 at 11:05 am

      My question is are muricans stupid enough to buy the snake oil?

      It is a hundred billion dollar industry after all.

      • Carla Akins April 17th, 2015 at 12:21 pm

        The man went in front of a Congressional hearing and used the word “magical” FFS – take away his license.

      • Carla Akins April 17th, 2015 at 12:21 pm

        and yes, we are that stupid.

        • Robert M. Snyder April 17th, 2015 at 9:50 pm

          My dad was an engineer. One time, when we went on a camping trip, he wrapped the spare flashlight batteries in aluminum foil.

          We all do dumb things!

  4. eyelashviper April 17th, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Docs need to call out charlatans in their midst, especially those who have a high profile on tv…how about calling out Ablow, that venemous and insane Fox News psychiatrist???

  5. Jake April 17th, 2015 at 11:38 am

    As long as they don’t touch America’s wonder neurosurgeon Karl Rove, the only doctor who can diagnose bone fractures in the cranial region simply by hearing someone’s political opinion.

  6. Bunya April 17th, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    I never understood why an fine school like Columbia University would want to have Oz a vice chairman on their department of surgery. They couldn’t find somebody more qualified? That’s like Harvard employing Tom DeLay to head their “political ethics” committee.

    • Just Wondering April 18th, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      money, donations, greed..