Dr. Mary Bowen, an ear, nose and throat doctor, said that she has left Methodist and feels the hospital is bullying doctors who have different opinions.
“I do not want to be part of an institution that treats its doctors the way they do,” Bowden said in a statement. “They have tried to paint me as dangerous simply because my views may be different than theirs about the efficacy of vaccines and possible treatment decisions. That is what is dangerous. I want the best for my patients.
“I do not believe the vaccine is a one size fits all solution, nor do I believe unvaccinated Houstonians should be treated by medical doctors as second-class citizens, but to the government and Methodist Hospital it’s one size fits all no matter what,” Bowden continued. “If you voice any concerns then you are attacked, you are bullied. If you don’t follow government orders, you are the one they now call dangerous. That’s China. That’s not America.”
Bowden, an ear, nose and throat specialist who runs a private practice in River Oaks, had been granted provisional privileges at Houston Methodist within the last year.
But Methodist revoked those privileges on Friday citing “unprofessional behavior,” including vulgar language on social media, as the main reason for suspension. Bowden decried vaccine mandates repeatedly on her Twitter account, claiming all her comments were “backed by clinical experience.”
Bowden also promoted usage of the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin — even though it’s not FDA-approved for COVID-19 treatment and is overwhelmingly shown to have next to zero efficacy.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.