The ISMA leadership, on behalf of all members, extends heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Otis R. Bowen, M.D., who passed away May 4 at age 95. Affectionately called “Doc Bowen” by many, the former governor served as a Bremen family physician for 25 years.
While some remember him for property tax relief, the medical community knows Dr. Bowen spearheaded passage in 1975 of our groundbreaking Indiana Compensation Act for Patients. The law made our state the first in the nation to adopt comprehensive medical malpractice reforms.
After serving two terms as governor, Dr. Bowen went on to become secretary of U.S. Health and Human Services in 1985 under President Ronald Reagan.