Some doctors that were not from Columbia U asked the University why they put up with Dr. Oz. They were professionally told to buzz off.
A group of doctors has had enough of Dr. Oz. On Wednesday, 10 physicians, surgeons, and professors from across the country signed a letter — addressed to Columbia’s dean of medicine — calling the medical school’s affiliation with its most famous employee “unacceptable”:[…]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. […] 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.
The dean responded by noting academic freedom and to noting that faculty members’ have freedom of expression. So, that did nothing. Of course it didn’t. It’s happened time and time again where faculty members really disagree with the views of another, perhaps public faculty member. Note what happened with Dr. John Mack at Harvard (now deceased) who advocated that alien abductions were taking place. A secret committee formed to investigate his work and in the end found no ethics violation and reaffirmed academic freedom. These types of public stands by fellow faculty don’t fly. If a school disassociated with every prof with fringe ideas, there would be a lot less colorful professors.