- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dr. Mehmet Oz declares during a special episode of “The Dr. Oz Show” that he and his team “will not be silenced,” following calls from a group of prominent physicians that the TV doctor’s be dismissed from his faculty position at Columbia University.

The special episode was taped on Tuesday, and the show released a preview clip that evening. It is expected to air Thursday and Dr. Oz will follow up with a Friday interview on NBC’s “Today” show, CNN reported.

“This month, we celebrate my 1000th show,” Dr. Oz says in the preview clip. “I know I’ve irritated some potential allies in our quest to make America healthy. No matter our disagreements, freedom of speech is the most fundamental right we have as Americans. And these 10 doctors are trying to silence that right.”

He concluded: “So I vow to you right here and right now: we will not be silenced, we will not give in.”

A spokesman for the show said about two-thirds of the episode will be devoted to Dr. Oz’s rebuttal, CNN reported.

Ten top physicians last week penned a letter to a Columbia University dean demanding Dr. Oz be dismissed from his faculty position for what they called “quack treatments and cures.”

The doctors wrote that the Harvard-educated Dr. Oz, who joined the Columbia faculty in 1993, “has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain.”

Columbia on Thursday defended its decision to keep Dr. Oz on its team.

“Columbia is committed to the principle of academic freedom and to upholding faculty members’ freedom of expression for statements they make in public discussions,” Columbia University Medical Center spokesman Doug Levy said in a statement.

In June, Dr. Oz appeared before a U.S. Senate panel that accused him of endorsing “miracle” products that weren’t scientifically based. The TV doctor acknowledged at the time that some of the products he advised his viewers to use “don’t have the scientific muster to present as fact.”

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