One of America’s and Houston’s top family physicians is retiring. As a resident of Fort Bend County, she has been in service to its steady stream of growing residents for more than three decades. Her voice remains calming and her quests nurturing.
Missouri City’s Mickey Freeman Bush, M.D., was named Outstanding Family Physician in Houston in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2006 by Inside Houston magazine and one of America’s Top Family Doctors from 2002 through 2012.
The native of Cross Plains, a community of approximately 432 households when heading west to Abilene, Bush graduated from the local Cross Plains high school and ventured to Tarleton State University to major in zoology and English. Achieving top honors, she made a move to A & M University at Stephenville to earn a Master of Science in teaching with highest honors in 1972.
In 1979, she completed her Doctor of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch and completed her three year residency program in family medicine at the University of Texas HealthScience Center in 1982. She became board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1982 and a fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1983.
In college, Bush was a member of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, the Alpha Chi Scholastic Honor Society, Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities, and the Outstanding Student in Zoology in 1971.
While in Medical School, she was a finalist – Outstanding three year graduate – University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston , Texas – 1979, president – Family Practice Student Association, University of Texas Medical Branch – 1976-1979, and National Student Representative – Committee on Research American Academy of Family Physicians from 1978 to 1979.
During her residency days, Bush was a National Resident Representative – Committee on Research, a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians 1979-1982, and a recipient of the Parke David Award –Outstanding Senior Resident – Family Medicine – 1982.
For nearly three decades, some of her professional memberships included being involved in the Texas Medical Association, HarrisCounty Medical Society, American Board of Family Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Texas Academy of Family Physicians.
She was fond of two community charities. She served as a Houston Lifestock Show & Rodeo member on the International Committee and The Women’s Fund for Health and Research, an organization that was founded to provide Houston area women and girls with the tools they need to be advocates for their health.
Not a surprise. When she left life in Cross Plains she had already garnered numerous titles like State Spelling Champion in 1960, Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow Award, the titles of vice president and president of her class, president of Future Homemaker of America, state regional winner of Extraneous Speaking in UIL competitions, and the honor of being named a National Merit Scholarship Winner – Semifinalist – in 1964, her senior year.
She is noted for having written two publications: “Law Like Love “ by W. H. Auden – A Prosody Analysis Bosque River Review and “Live Trap vs. Kill Trap Method in the Density Studies Of Mammalian Populations” for The Wildlife Management Review.
Over the years, Bush has been a daughter, sister, mother and widow. Her solo practice in family medicine in Missouri City was from 1983 to 1994 and with OneCare Health Services in Sugar Land from 1994 to 1999. She returned to a solo practice in Family Medicine in Missouri City from 1995-2010 prior to joining Methodist Primary Care Associates in May 1, 2010 to the present.
A good slice of her time in retirement will likely go to her hobbies of ranching, bird watching, gardening, the great outdoors, and travel. She serves on the board of directors of the Texas Dexter Breeder Association since she is an Irish Dexter cattle producer and is the owner of the Grand Champion Bull and Female at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in 2006-2008.
Dr. Bush has many adoring patients in the area who are sad to see her go. She has taken care of them for so many years many have never seen another doctor. One seldom goes for an appointment and not see someone they know in the waiting room. She has made an impact on the lives of her patients much like if she had stayed in the little town of Cross Plains and become a country doctor. She will be sorely missed.