A Houston doctor resigned from one of Texas’ largest hospitals after being suspended for backing ivermectin as a COVID treatment and denouncing vaccine mandates.
Dr. Mary Bowden, a private-practice ear, nose, and throat doctor trained at the Medical College of Georgia, was temporarily suspended from Houston Methodist earlier this month after repeatedly speaking out about the benefits of ivermectin for COVID patients. Bowden has said that she has treated 2,000 people for COVID-19, in some cases using the drug, and that none of her patients have been hospitalized.
Houston Methodist said in a November 12 Twitter thread that Bowden’s opinions “are harmful to the community” and referred to them as “dangerous misinformation which is not based in science.”
Dr. Bowden, who was informed about her suspension by a reporter for the Houston Chronicle, resigned last Monday. In a letter explaining the move, she said that Houston Methodist’s accusations that she spread “dangerous misinformation” are “false and defamatory.”
“During the past two years, I have worked hard to provide early treatment for victims of COVID-19. My efforts have been successful. I have treated more than 2,000 COVID-19 patients, including many with comorbidities, and none of these patients have required hospitalization. This is a testament to the success of my treatment methods,” she wrote.
“I do not spread misinformation, and my opinions are supported by science. There is substantial evidence for the efficacy of ivermectin in treating COVID-19 and no evidence for serious or fatal side effects associated with the doses used to treat for COVID-19.”
She added that many of her patients have used the drug with other therapies as part of successful recovery regimens. “I believe that if more physicians had focused on early treatment, many COVID-related deaths and hospitalizations could have been prevented,” she said.