|Texas Medical Association
401 W, 15th Street
Austin, TX 78701-1620
June 8, 2004
Lee S. Anderson, MD
President, Texas State Board of Medical Examiners
1350 South Main Street Suite 3200
Fort Worth Texas, 76104-7669
Re: License Suspension of Philip J. Leonard M.D.
Dear Dr. Anderson,
My name is Robert V. Carr, M.D. I am the Chair of the Texas Medical
Association's Physician-Patient Advocacy Committee. I am writing on behalf of the
committee in regard to Philip J. Leonard, MD. The committee recently had the
opportunity to consider the circumstances surrounding the temporary suspension
of Dr. Leonard's Texas Medical license. The committee was also made aware of
the recent acquittal on the criminal charges related to one of the lead
witnesses in the temporary suspension proceeding.
In light of Dr. Leonard's many years of reputable practice prior to these
allegations, the dismissal of the criminal charges related to one of the key
witnesses, and the ability of the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners (TSBME)
to structure practice safeguards such as chaperone requirements and monitoring,
the TMA Physician-Patient Advocacy Committee believes that reconsideration
should be given to allowing Dr. Leonard to resume the practice of medicine until
the allegations can be fully adjudicated or resolved by agreement. Dr.
Leonard's recent acquittal on one of the primary criminal complaints as well as in
depth analysis and review of the original temporary suspension has led the
committee to the conclusion that Dr. Leonard's case should be carefully reviewed,
and every effort made to return him to practice pending a more definitive
resolution of the accusations.
We respectfully request that the TSBME reconsider Dr. Leonard's situation in
an effort to allow him to return to the practice of medicine in the near
future. Thereafter, if the allegations cannot be addressed by an agreement, then
it is hoped that Dr. Leonard will be allowed to practice until he has had a
full hearing before the State Office of Administrative Hearings and further
consideration by the TSBME. Based on the available information, Dr. Leonard does
not appear to pose a current threat to his patients and, in fact, has a
patient population that is anxious to return to his office for care. Likewise, Dr.
Leonard has loyal employees and respected referral sources that have counted
on him in the past and would welcome the chance to work with him again.
Please accept this letter as a good faith effort to promote the fair and
balanced regulation of physicians in Texas. Thank you for any further
consideration that can be granted Dr. Leonard. If you have many questions or would like
to discuss this correspondence, do not hesitate to contact me.
Robert V. Carr M.D.
Chair Patient-Physician Advocacy Committee
cc. Donald Patrick M.D.
Paul Handel M.D.
Philip Leonard, M.D.
Tim Weitz, Esq.