Houston physician files $25M defamation lawsuit against Houston Methodist Hospital

HOUSTON – A physician who had her privileges suspended from Houston Methodist Hospital has filed a massive lawsuit.

Dr. Mary Bowden is seeking $25 million dollars after she says the hospital ‘defamed’ her.

In a 19-page lawsuit, Bowden says Houston Methodist Hospital damaged her reputation and published defamatory statements to the press and on social media. She hopes the lawsuit will make it safer for others to speak out.

“The way they came after me was unprofessional, unprecedented against the spirit of bylaws of their bylaws,” Bowden said.

In November, Dr. Bowden resigned from the hospital after her privileges were suspended because of her views on vaccines and early treatment for COVID-19.

“I was proud to get privileges there. It’s very sad what they have become,” she said.

The ENT doctor who runs her own private practice and says she has treated over 4,000 patients with COVID-19 will be filing a $25,000,000 defamation lawsuit against Methodist Hospital.”

“Tried my best to help the people that needed help and Methodist came out against me in a very public and vicious way. They implied that I was dangerous which as a physician leaves a permanent scar on your record, on your reputation,” Bowden said.

Bowden began sharing her opinions on Twitter, including her view that vaccine mandates are wrong, and says Methodist retaliated against her in an unprecedented manner.

The lawsuit refers to a series of tweets from Houston Methodist that say Dr. Bowden’s “opinions [about the COVID-19 vaccine and treatments], which are harmful to the community, do not reflect reliable medical evidence.”

“For them to imply that what I’m doing is dangerous is the epitome of misinformation”. Bowden said.

Bowden says her opinions were not and are not harmful to patients or others in the community and the situation has turned her life upside down.

“I’m self-conscious now. In Houston, I go to the grocery store, and I wonder if people know who I am, and I worry about the safety of my children,” she said.

KPRC 2′s Re’Chelle Turner reached out to Houston Methodist for a comment but has not heard back.

Dr. Bowden and her attorney are expected to hold a press conference on Monday.


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