Dr. Mary Bowden, an ear, nose, and throat doctor, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that she had parted ways with the hospital while thanking her followers for their support.
“I have broken free from Methodist and very much appreciate the flood of support I have received! Sincere thanks to all of you who have reached out with kind words,” she wrote.
In her resignation letter to the hospital, which was shared on Twitter, Bowden claimed that she has “treated more than 2,000 COVID-19 patients, including many with co-morbidities, and that none of these patients required hospitalisation.”
“Throughout this pandemic, there has been no FDA- approved treatment for COVID. Therefore, I have done the best I could to care for my patients and save lives in the absence of a clear scientific consensus,” Bowden wrote.
“I am proud of my record as a physician in these challenging circumstances. I do not fault any physician in exercising his or her best medical judgment. But I believe that if more physicians had focused on early treatment, many COVID-related deaths and hospitalisations could have been prevented.”
The doctor noted that she is not anti-vaccine but does oppose vaccine mandates, adding that “none of the current vaccines are effective.”
Bowden wrote that she has decided to “part ways” with the hospital after they accused her of spreading “dangerous misinformation,” a statement which she said was ” false and defamatory.”
“I do not spread misinformation, and my opinions are supported by science. There is substantial evidence for the efficiency 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 wrote.
Bowden, who runs her own private practice BreatheMD, had shared a number of tweets praising the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals and have wanted people against using the drug to treat the virus.
On Friday, a spokesperson for Houston Methodist told CNN they had suspended Bowden’s privileges. The hospital also shared a series of posts on Twitter denouncing Bowden’s comments regarding COVID-19 and its treatments on social media.
“Dr. Mary Bowden, who recently joined the medical staff at Houston Methodist Hospital, is using her social media accounts to express her personal and political opinions about the COVID-19 vaccine and treatments,” the hospital wrote on Twitter on Nov.13
“These opinions, which are harmful to the community, do not reflect reliable medical evidence or the values of Houston Methodist, where we have treated more than 25,000 COVID-19 inpatients, and where all our employees and physicians are vaccinated to protect our patients.”
The hospital continued, “Despite what she has posted, Houston Methodist does not and will never deny care to a patient based on vaccination status. Dr. Bowden, who has never admitted a patient at Houston Methodist Hospital, is spreading dangerous misinformation which is not based in science.”
“Furthermore, Dr. Bowden has told Houston Methodist that she is vaccinated, as required of all physicians who practice at Houston Methodist,” the hospital added.
The Epoch Times has contacted Houston Methodist for further comment.
Bowden will hold a news conference to discuss COVID-19 treatment and her resignation on Wednesday at 11 a.m.