To whom it may concern,
I would like to share my professional experience with Dr. Philip Leonard.
I have known Philip for 20+ years while practicing in Austin. I have practiced Emergency Medicine, and have always found Dr. Leonard to be professional, compassionate, and dedicated. He is one of few Neurologists who would routinely come to the ED to evaluate his patients if there was any question about their care. I have always found him to be helpful and appropriate in his recommendations and treatment. In addition, he was dedicated to caring for a number of patients who could not access other neurologists because they may have had financial hardships or Medicaid. Dr. Leonard always took care of all patients needing care without regard for their financial status in an emergency situation.
In addition, he has always interacted in a professional and collegial manner with me and with other physicians and nursing staff. I have never spoken to Dr. Leonard about the allegations or concerns in his case, but I have never seen any indication whatsoever of any improper or unprofessional actions on his part. It is always difficult to know whom to believe when there is unsubstantiated allegations of improper conduct, but I would hope that the system of being presumed innocent until proven guilty would be upheld here. Without knowing all the details of the case, it is impossible for me to speculate further, but I would hope that Dr. Leonard would be allowed some forum for practicing his specialty unless there is clear and convincing evidence that there is an ongoing danger to the public.
Sam Roberts, MD. FACEP