Dr. Mehmet Oz says The Dr. Oz Show is not a medical show and that it will survive despite renewed criticism over some of his on-air health advice and promotion of "miracle" and other controversial products.
Last week, a group of 10 doctors and other medical professionals penned a scathing letter to the dean of medicine at Columbia's University, where the 54-year-old cardiothoracic surgeon works, claiming he promotes "quack treatments" and calling his presence on the school's faculty "unacceptable."
Oz, who remains on staff, had stood up for his practices on his show, in Time magazine op-ed and in a statement. He said he "brings the public information that will help them on their path to be their best selves" and that his critics had "certain agendas which distort the facts."
"Without question, the show will survive it," he told co-host Matt Lauer. "I want to keep doing the show for as long as I can because I think we played an important role in making America a better place."
He said on NBC News that the Dr. Oz Show is "not a medical show," adding that its purpose is "not to talk about medicine" but to discuss "the good life."