Dr Mary Bowden had recently joined the medical staff at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, a representative from the Methodist Hospital in Houston told CBS News via email, and was suspended before she even admitted a patient to the hospital. ‘hospital.
Bowden uses his social media accounts to express his personal and political views on the COVID-19 vaccine and treatments, the representative said, adding that the views are “harmful to the community, do not reflect reliable medical evidence or values from Houston Methodist. “
Bowden used his Twitter account to share his opinions on COVID-19, mainly on. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued health advisories on ivermectin, reiterating that it does not treat or prevent COVID-19. The drug is commonly used to treat parasites in humans and animals. The National Institutes of Health have determined that there is “insufficient data” to recommend the drug for the prevention and treatment of COVID, and the FDA has not approved it for such uses either.
The hospital has treated more than 25,000 COVID-19 hospital patients, the representative said. Staff members are vaccinated to protect patients, and while Bowden told the hospital she was vaccinated, she emailed patients telling them she would only treat the unvaccinated, said the representing.
“Despite what she has posted, Houston Methodist does not and will never refuse care for a patient based on their immunization status,” the spokesperson said. “Dr Bowden, who has never admitted a patient to the Houston Methodist Hospital, is spreading dangerous misinformation that is not based on science. “
Three COVID-19 vaccines are available for adults in the United States – Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. The Pfizer vaccine is available to anyone over the age of 5. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense security surveillance in US history, and they are safe and effective, according to the CDC.
Bowden is an Ear, Nose, Throat, and Sleep Physician at BreatheMed in Houston. She is also involved in a lawsuit with another hospital regarding the use of ivermectin. Jason Jones’ family is suing Texas Health Huguley Hospital over allowing Bowden to administer ivermectin. Jones has been hospitalized with COVID-19 for more than a month and the hospital says ivermectin would be medically inappropriate, according to the Forth Worth Star Telegram.
A lower court issued an order that would grant Bowden temporary privileges at the hospital, and the hospital appealed to block him. The case is now on hold, reports the newspaper. CBS News has contacted Texas Health Huguley Hospital for comment and is awaiting a response.
On her firm’s website, Bowden posted earlier this month that she is “shifting the focus of my practice toward treating the unvaccinated.”
“In order to make room for the unvaccinated who cannot find care, I will not accept new patients with routine ENT problems who are vaccinated,” she said, adding that she would continue to care for established patients and would not deny anyone with life. -threatening disease, depending on their vaccination status. She also wrote that she was not anti-vaccination.
In an interview with the iHeart Radio show “Houston’s Morning News” on Monday, she said she has been practicing since 2003.
Bowden told the show that she has a “loose” connection to the Houston Methodist and that she is not an employee, but that she does have privileges in case one of her patients needs help. ‘to be admitted.
On the radio show, she said she would no longer send her patients to the Methodist emergency room.
The doctor also said she received a complaint from the Texas Medical Board and is sure she will see “many complaints” from them regarding her treatment for COVID-19.
In a statement to CBS News, Bowden said she first heard of her suspension when the Houston Chronicle contacted her to confirm it. “No one Methodist bothered to pick up the phone and tell me about their concerns,” she said, adding that she had received an email regarding the suspension of a member of the hospital staff. that she had never met before. “I was very disappointed with the way the Methodists handled this. CBS News has contacted Houston Methodist for comment.
“I don’t consider myself dangerous and submitted my resignation letter to them this morning,” Bowden told CBS News. “I have been overwhelmed by the positive support I have received from my patients and from people around the world who thank me for standing up for my beliefs. It will not change my practice and I will continue to deal with COVID early and aggressively. “