HOUSTON (August 14, 2019)

I would like to address a concerning video circulating on social media featuring racist and inappropriate comments. 

It’s important to reiterate that the physician assistant in the video is not and has never been a Memorial Hermann employee. He is a former employee of TeamHealth. As previously shared, he is no longer seeing patients at any Memorial Hermann facility.

When we were first made aware of some of these messages, we escalated to his employer for investigation. However, in light of information learned last week from the video, we are disappointed that we didn’t take additional actions earlier.

The statements in this video are appalling and in complete opposition to who we are as an organization and what we stand for. These comments fly in the face of our commitment to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion that makes us such an exemplary place to work and to seek care.

We are actively reviewing this situation and the additional information that has recently come to light to determine whether any further actions need to be taken. Because there is active litigation surrounding this case, I’m limited in what I can say. However, let me be very clear: These remarks do not in any way represent our organization and the values that we hold dear.

We all live and work in the most diverse city in the country. That diversity is a treasured characteristic of our beloved community and it’s why Houston is such a unique, beautiful and exceptional place. We are proud that our workforce and our physician partners represent and reflect our community at large. And we are committed to embracing, protecting and promoting a culture where everyone – patients, employees, affiliated physicians, vendors and volunteers – is treated with dignity and respect.

Chuck Stokes Signature 


Chuck Stokes, President & CEO, Memorial Hermann Health System