I am a Family Physician in Austin, Tx., where I have been in practice since 1987. Dr. Leonard and I have know each other since approximately 1990. I know him both professionally and socially. Although our contacts have not been frequent, we have shared a number of patients.
I have found him to be compassionate and medically on target. I have also seen a number of patients who either had seen him in the past for neurologic issues or are currently seeing him. There has never been a hint of impropriety voiced to me by a patient.
I am shocked by the allegations against Dr. Leonard and I question their accuracy. I also am disturbed by, what appears to me to be a rush to judgment and a trial by the media. This is a physician who has spent decades providing compassionate, intellectual care with, from my understanding, no payment or small payment. From a societal perspective, not to mention a professional perspective, the very least he deserves is a presumption of innocence and a fair hearing.
Family Practice, M.D.
(name withheld by request)
June 4, 2003
To Whom It May Concern:
A trusted physician that I had known for many years, Dr. Earl Claywater of Tyler, wrote me to assist Dr Philip Leonard upon his arrival in Austin. I naturally did as suggested and never regretted my relationship with him.
Soon after he arrived in Austin I had a horse accident and he was one of my attending physicians. My wife and I found him very competent and caring. We shared many patients during his practice in Austin and I found Dr. Leonard very knowledgeable in his field of Neurology. I felt his professional acumen and good character such that I referred many patients to him for neurological problems; never was I told of any dissatisfaction by this large number of patients. He stayed up to date on the latest data and medicines in his field and I enjoyed conversations with him about the new ideas in medicine.
Dr. Leonard brought his father and uncle from several hundred miles away to me as patients, so you see that we had a good professional relationship.
John P. Schneider, M.D
I first met Dr. Philip Leonard in 1989. As a dermatologist, I frequently needed the services of a consulting Neurologist; and upon a search for a neurologist to evaluate my dear aunt, I found Dr. Leonard accessible and willing to help me at a time when no other Austin neurologists responded to my need. My mother’s sister had been diagnosed as having dementia, and her sisters wanted my help in obtaining an evaluation to determine the actual nature of her problem. I was new in Austin; and after searching for a neurologist to evaluate her, I eventually found Dr. Leonard.
He took the time to meet with her and the sisters; and after examining her, he ordered several diagnostic tests, ascertaining that she was suffering from early Alzheimer’s disease. His diagnosis was absolutely correct, and my aunts were impressed with his diagnostic acumen and demeanor. Ultimately my aunt deteriorated in her mental status and then died two years ago. As a family, we were all thankful for Dr. Leonard’s help in her proper diagnosis.
I began to consult Dr. Leonard on my other patients, and he likewise consulted with me about his patients. What impressed me most about Dr. Leonard was his willingness to help those patients who were either on Medicaid or uninsured. Frequently he had patients who were uninsured and could not afford the services of a dermatologist. Dr. Leonard would telephone me, and the two of us would brainstorm attempting to diagnose and treat those particular patients. Many other times he sent patients to me that I was able to help.
Over the years we have had numerous mutual patients, and I never detected any hint of impropriety in his relationship with those patients that I evaluated. When I heard of the accusation against Dr. Leonard, I was aghast and incredulous because I could not believe that any of those things had happened. Although I have no direct evidence of the veracity of the accusation against Dr. Leonard, I can only say that in all of my dealings with him over the past 14 years there has never been any suggestion that he was anything other than an honest, trustworthy, caring physician who had the best interest of the patient at heart.
Dr. Bobby Joe Kennedy
May 29, 2003
Subject: Dr Phil Leonard
I am a native Texan, Duke fellowship trained neuroradiologist. I have been practicing in Austin for five years, and probably know Phil Leonard’s medical capabilities as well as any physician in Austin. He and I often would review films of his patients in his office during his clinic hours, as I often worked next door. His attention to detail, his genuine concern for his patients, and his knowledge of neurology is impressive.
I have never seen him be anything but ethical, appropriate, and professional with his staff, patients, or other physicians. He is an asset to the community, and I am writing this letter with no reservations. I hope you are able to have him return to practice medicine as soon as possible. Our medical community needs physicians of his caliber.
Scott E. Campbell, MD