Patient Safety | 08.02.22
Houston Doctor Suspended for Vaccine Misinformation Files $25 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Methodist Hospital
A Houston ear, nose, and throat doctor who previously sued Methodist Hospital after she was suspended for spreading COVID-19 misinformation has filed a second lawsuit against the facility. The new suit charges Methodist and Methodist CEO Marc Boom with severely damaging Dr. Mary Bowden's reputation. The doctor had her provisional privileges taken away in 2021 after making claims online related to vaccine efficacy. The $25-million defamation lawsuit reads: "Methodist and Boom retaliated against Dr. Bowden in an unprecedented manner. Without notice, they published false and defamatory statements to the press and on social media, affording no due process, acting contrary to and with reckless disregard for both the letter and spirit of Methodist's bylaws." As of press time, Methodist had declined to comment on the matter.