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Texas Medical Board files complaint against Houston doctor for prescription, patient confidentiality violations

Dr. Mary Bowden was previously suspended by Houston Methodist Hospital over COVID-19 vaccine misinformation.


FILE: Dr. Mary Bowden

The Texas Medical Board has filed a formal complaint against Dr. Mary Bowden for multiple violations of the Texas Medical Practice Act.

Bowden was previously suspended by Houston Methodist Hospital over vaccine misinformation.

The complaint was filed back in April with the state Office of Administrative Hearings, and accuses Bowden — an ear, nose, and throat doctor from River Oaks — of multiple violations. It accuses her of violating the standard of care, and acting unprofessionally by prescribing medication to a hospitalized COVID-19 patient in Fort Worth.

The complaints also claim that she had never examined the patient before prescribing them, and failed to maintain patient-doctor confidentiality.

In response to it, Bowden denied all allegations, and demanded proof, and asserted that the Board "is asserting aggravating factors improperly and in violation of Texas law and the Texas and U.S. Constitutions." Her response document also claims that the Board has no evidence its accusations.

The hearing will take place April 29, 2024.

Bowden had previously had her privileges taken away from Houston Methodist Hospital when she told patients that she had done research that suggested "the vaccine is not working," first reported by the Houston Chronicle. In another email, she falsely suggested and then walked back a claim that Methodist was not treating unvaccinated patients, according to the report.

Bowden filed a lawsuit against the hospital for defamation, which was ultimately dismissed earlier this year.