I am a neurologist physician (M.D.) and also am an anatomic, clinical and neuro-pathologist. I am lifetime certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in Neurology, and by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) in AP/CP and NP. I also earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1974. I served on active duty in the USAR Medical Corp as a neurologist (major and then lieutenant colonel) from 1989 through 1995, including three years at Ft. Hood, TX (1989 -1992), Currently, I practice neurology in Shorewood, WI at the above address and have medical staff privileges at St. Michael’s Hospital in Milwaukee, WI. I am in good standing, and have never had a malpractice suit filed against me or an adverse credentialing action. I am not in the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDN). An abbreviated version of my C.V. is attached. I have some publications and am an active journal and grant reviewer. I held a valid Texas medical license (No. J0611) from 1991, until I allowed it to expire on 5/31/2003.
I am aware of the case of neurologist, Philip Leonard M.D. in Austin, TX. I understand that his Texas Medical License has been suspended by the Texas Medical Board (TMB) and that he faces criminal charges and civil charges. I understand that he has been charged with sexual misconduct with female patients in the course of his practice. The alleged incidents occurred in his medical office.
This is a letter of support for Dr. Philip Leonard and I ask that the charges against him be dropped and that his Texas Medical License be reinstated. Dr. Philip Leonard is certified by the ABPN, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). He performs nerve conduction studies (NCV) and EMG tests and chronic pain management in his office. This includes examination of patients and injection of medication into patients. I also perform NCS and EMG tests and examine treat patients with chronic pain. This does require close proximity of the examining testing physician and the patients.
I do not believe that Dr. Leonard has been touching his patients inappropriately. I do not believe any of the vicious and malicious accusations against him by the female patients. Dr. Leonard is bilingual, and has been treating the poor patients of Austin and Central Texas. He does not deserve these false and unsubstantiated accusations. These women have conferred among each other, and have conspired to accuse him falsely. This is being done mainly in an attempt to extort money from him. and also to destroy his reputation.
I moved to Austin, TX in late Oct. 1995 when I was discharged from active duty in USAR Medical Corp at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Landstuhl, Germany. I attempted to practice in neurology in Austin, but the competition was too great. I have interviews at a well known local clinic in Austin and my offer to treat the poor people of Austin was met with disdain. Many physicians are not willing to treat poor people. Dr. Philip Leonard is one of the compassionate physicians who has been providing medical care to poor people. He is to be commended for his efforts.
In my opinion, all the accusations against Dr. Philip J. Leonard are false. The TMB must realize its errors in his case. The TMB has been naive. I ask that the TMB reinstate Dr. Philip Leonard’s Texas Medical License at once and to take active steps to rectify the damage that has been done to his professional and personal reputation as a physician. Thank you for your attention and interest.
Sincerely, Peter W. Pick M.D. Ph.D.