|July 5, 2004
Willie J. & Alice F. Franklin
Austin, TX 78753
Dr. Lee S. Anderson, M.D.
President, Texas State Board of Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 2018
Austin, TX 78768-2018
RE: Requesting Medical License Reinstatement of Dr. Philip J. Leonard, M.D.
Dear Dr. Anderson, M.D.
My name is Willie J. Franklin (patient of Dr. Leonard). I am writing in
regards to my doctor's license suspension, asking that you strongly
consider reinstating Dr. Leonard's license to practice again.
First let me say, I fully respect TSBME rules and regulations set forth in
carry out and imposing such decisions. However, I strongly disagree with
the timing or amount of time given Dr. Leonard as a temporary medical
By timing and/or amount of time, I simply mean this: Our beloved doctor has
already faced a lot pressure, hardships and setbacks. His mind were and
probably still preoccupied with personal and business financial issues
putting a strain on him physically, mentally, and emotionally.
He's drained from attending hearings, court appearance etc. All the above
had to be obliviously to the TSBME, surely you observed and can understand
the difficulties this man were and still is facing
Now, here it is the words that I am sure Dr. Leonard and many others
especially his patients were waiting and hoping for, then it finally comes
"NOT GUILTY" which would brighten his days and gave him a ray of hope,
things will be fine now.
Oh, how happy and relieved, he must have felt. Thinking, I can return to my
office, call my employees and patients and say "You all can come back now,
I am back in business and the office is now open."
But that were not be, because you and TSBME let stands another obstacle,
"The Temporary Medical License Suspension." Can't you see where I am going
I recently watched a major well-known television reporter ask a man this
question: Why did you do it Mr. President? The man being asked were former
President Bill Clinton, and Mr. Clinton' answered "I did it simply because
I could." But he didn't stop there, he went on to say " I were wrong and
that's the worst reason you should do anything, because you can.
Out of the entire interview that little seven words quote were perhaps the
smartest thing he said; he announced to the public on national television
with millions watching, exactly why he did it and admitted he's sorry and
most importantly that it were wrong. The peoples must have accepted and
believed his quote, his book sells are proving that.
Many of us all probably have done something in a hurry, made a comment or
voted a sudden way without thinking ahead of how it may effect someone else
or we may have done just like Mr. Clinton; did it simply just because we
Dr. Anderson, you know what I just notice about this, you and Mr. Clinton
both share or shared same titles, presidents. You both were or is in
positions to make things happen or to change things to make them right.
President Clinton can not undo what he did wrong and make right (even if he
could, it's to late for him), in the end all he could do were tell the
truth about the issue, say he's sorry, be truthful to his family, himself
and his maker.
But sir, it's surely not to late for you and other TSBME members to undo
what we feel were wrong to do to our doctor and make it right. Please
understand sir, and forgive me if I offended you, I am not saying you did
like Mr. Clinton (did it simply because you could).
But what I am really saying is, just maybe you rushed the judgment or voted
to suspend license a little bit to soon, striping Dr. Leonard of his
livelihood with a quick stoke of the pen without thinking how this would
effect him while he's waiting completion of the remaining process.
In the end, I am sure and I think you will agree; you will feel good and
can reply with pride and a lifted heart, if some reporter ask you: Why did
you Dr. Anderson and other TSBME members lift the suspension and reinstated
Dr. Philip J. Leonard's medical license? You can answer:" WE DID IT BECAUSE
IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. "
I am just one of thousands of Dr. Leonard's patients who would echo same or
similar words about our beloved doctor in hope that you and other TSBME
board members would lift the temporary suspension and give him approval to
resume his practice and earn a living to support himself and his family
while the rest of this process is in motion.
Sometime you have to take your fight to the peoples for answers. Let them
tell you what they think about the matter and they characterized the person
and see how they reply in order to make a fair and honest decision, when
judging someone life or lively hood. So please, don't be mad with our
doctor for some of the things we are saying to you in text, all we want to
do is let TSBME hear our side and let you know how it hurting us the
patients also. We need our doctor, please expedite the reinstatement
The peoples have spoken (see Dr. Leonard's web site) and are continuing to
speak of Dr. Leonard as a kind, honest, dedicated, caring and trustworthy
doctor who could not and would never do the things he's being accused of.
In closing, I ask that you the TSBME urgently review and address this
situation and the fact that Dr. Leonard have complied with terms and
conditions of the order of suspension. I pray that after you again revisit
and review this case indeept, you and the TSBME would conclusive see that
reinstating Dr. Leonard's medical license to practice would be the best
thing to do for his patients, other doctors who sends patients to him for
treatment / care and the public at large.
Please DO NOT let this great ingenious mind in the field of neurology
medicine remain idle any longer. The science of medicine, the public and us
his patients, needs this brilliant doctor to be on duty. Again, please
consider reinstatement of Dr. Leonard's medical license to resume practice.
Willie J. & Alice F. Franklin