- Medical professionals have long accused Dr. Oz of promoting “quack” cures on unfounded evidence.
- Oz, now running for Senate, rose to fame after serving as a health expert on Oprah Winfrey’s show.
- A pediatrician told the Daily Beast that it’s time for Winfrey to accept her role in Oz’s career.
As the Daily Beast reports, a pediatrician based in the Boston area said it is time for Oprah Winfrey to acknowledge her role in Dr. Mehmet Oz’s career and speak out against him, as the Daily Beast reported.
“If it weren’t for Oprah, Oz would have pursued a career as a respected and widely respected cardiothoracic surgeon, and everyone would be better off,” Dr. Daniel Summers said. “His reputation, and thus his candidacy, stemmed directly from his own fame and his publicity.”
Summer’s comments come as the Daily Beast reported that Columbia University’s medical school has quietly severed ties with Oz, who has long been criticized by medical experts for promoting unfounded medical advice on his show, The Dr. has been criticized for
Oz rose to popularity for several years due to his role as a health expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” before getting his own show in 2009.
NBC News reported that in 2020, Oz promoted the use of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, despite a lack of evidence and concern among medical experts.
The New York Times reported in December 2021, that the British Medical Journal analyzed 80 medical recommendations on Oz’s show and found that less than half were supported by evidence.
Summers’ told The Beast that it’s a “long time” for Winfrey to “accept her role in making her who she is”, and do something to prevent the damage from her rejection.
Oz’s show was canceled in Pennsylvania after Oz announced his bid for the US Senate as the GOP candidate. Oz has also been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, who also referred to unfounded coronavirus treatments during his presidency.