Columbia University Quietly Cuts Ties With Pennsylvania Senate Candidate Dr. Oz

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Columbia University’s Irving Medical Center appears to have quietly erased any evidence of his longtime relationship with Dr. Mehmet Oz just as his Pennsylvania Senate race heats up.

Oz., 61, is a qualified cardiac surgeon who has been a professor at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons since 2001.

In 2018, Oz’s title with the school was changed to Professor Emeritus — which apparently means he was retired but still affiliated with the school, The Huffington Post reported in January.

But around the same time, the school also cleaned up its website of all Oz-affiliated personal pages, The Daily Beast first reported on Friday. Currently, there is no mention of Dr. Oz on the medical center’s website – except for a dated faculty listing of the famed doctor that lists him as a “special speaker.”

The message on the listed phone number even directs callers to ticket sales for his now-defunct TV show, the publication reported.

Efforts to reach both the medical center and Oz have been unsuccessful — and his current status with Columbia University is unclear.

But the news comes amid renewed criticism of Oz from the medical establishment after the Trump-endorsed candidate spent the last year touting the benefits of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19 – despite little evidence of its effectiveness.

During his career at Columbia University Medical Center, Oz held titles such as vice president of surgery and director of integrated medicine.

The first calls for Oz to be fired from his position at Columbia came in April 2015 after he was accused of pushing highly questionable medical advice on his syndicated television show.

These appeals took the form of a letter signed by more than 1,300 doctors.

The letter accused Oz of “contempt for science and for evidence-based medicine.” At this time, Columbia stood by the doctor.

During his career at Columbia, Oz held titles such as Vice President of Surgery and Director of Integrated Medicine.

Boston-based pediatrician Dr. Daniel Summers sharply criticized Columbia for quietly distancing himself from Oz.

Summers told The Daily Beast, “Their handling of her status is a massive stain on their reputation.” What a chickens**t thing to do.

Recent polls show that despite Donald Trump's endorsement, Dr. Oz is trailing the GOP nomination race in Pennsylvania

Recent polls show that despite Donald Trump’s endorsement, Dr. Oz is trailing the GOP nomination race in Pennsylvania

Oz, who has been accused for years of spreading false medical information – including claims that there is arsenic in apple juice and promoting green coffee extract as a wonder drug for weight loss – appeared before a Senate committee in 2015 regarding some of his claims.

Medical ethics expert Dr Arthur Caplan told the Guardian: “[Oz has] been a huge public health hazard in the United States and around the world for a long time when it comes to quack cures for Covid and quackery to treat disease.

A 2014 British Medical Journal study of mentions of Oz found that around half of its claims were unsupported by facts.

Following the Covid-19 outbreak, Oz also appeared regularly on Fox News to promote the use of hydroxychloroquine as a preventative drug against the virus. This view was later promoted by then-President Donald Trump.

Dr Oz ended his hugely successful TV show in January 2022 as he began his run for the nomination in Pennsylvania

Dr Oz ended his hugely successful TV show in January 2022 as he began his run for the nomination in Pennsylvania

He promoted the drug extensively on “The Dr. Oz Show” at the start of the pandemic. He mentioned it and the similar drug chloroquine in more than 25 appearances on Fox in March and April 2020, according to The New York Times.

The World Health Organization does not recommend hydroxychloroquine for the prevention or treatment of coronavirus, citing the risk of heart rhythm problems, blood and lymph disorders, kidney damage and liver failure.

In April 2022, Oz reportedly purchased over 2,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine which were to be used in a medical study.

When Oz announced his intention to seek the GOP nomination for the Senate seat of Pat Toomey, he said he believed many of the 700,000 Covid-19-related deaths in the United States could have been prevented.

Oz's promotion of hydroxychloroquine was picked up by Donald Trump at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic

Oz’s promotion of hydroxychloroquine was picked up by Donald Trump at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic

Toomey announced his intention not to seek the Republican nomination in 2020. In February 2021, Toomey was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict Donald Trump of inciting insurgency in his second impeachment trial .

Recent polls show Oz trailing hedge fund manager David McCormick in the race for the Republican nomination. Trump is scheduled to appear with Oz at an event on May 6, 2022 in Greensburg.

In endorsing Oz, Trump referenced the doctor’s successful television career, which the former president described as “like a poll.”

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