CBS NEWS – A doctor has been suspended from treating patients at a Houston hospital for spreading COVID-19 misinformation online and for refusing to treat patients who were vaccinated, a hospital representative said.
Dr. Mary Bowden had recently joined the medical staff at Houston Methodist hospital, a representative for Houston Methodist Hospital told CBS News via email, and was suspended before she had ever admitted a patient at the hospital.
Bowden is using her social media accounts to express her personal and political opinions about the COVID-19 vaccine and treatments, the representative said, adding that the opinions are “harmful to the community, do not reflect reliable medical evidence or the values of Houston Methodist.”
Bowden has used her Twitter account to share her opinions about COVID-19, mainly about the drug ivermectin.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued has health advisories about ivermectin, reiterating that it does not treat or prevent COVID-19 …
“Dr. Bowden, who has never admitted a patient at Houston Methodist Hospital, is spreading dangerous misinformation which is not based in science.” – Houston Methodist Hospital
The hospital has treated more than 25,000 COVID-19 inpatients, the representative said.
Staff members are vaccinated to protect patients, and while Bowden told the hospital she was vaccinated, she emailed patients saying she would only treat the unvaccinated, the representative said.
“Despite what she has posted, Houston Methodist does not and will never deny care to a patient based on vaccination status,” the spokesperson said.
Three COVID-19 vaccines are available for adults in the United States – Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. The Pfizer vaccine is available for anyone older than 5 years old.
Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history, and they are safe and effective, the CDC says.
Bowden is an ear, nose and throat and sleep medicine doctor at BreatheMed in Houston. She is also involved in a lawsuit with another hospital over the use of ivermectin … READ MORE.