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Chair for the Department of Psychiatry

David F. Briones

Interim Chair for the Department of Psychiatry

Phone: 915-215-5855

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Dr. Briones began his medical education at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas between 1967-1971. He then completed a residency in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, Texas in 1974.

He founded the Regional Department of Psychiatry in El Paso in 1976 and has developed and maintained private and teaching child, adolescent and adult outpatient psychiatry services on and off-campus and has provided psychiatric care focusing on Mood, Anxiety and Sleep Disorders, provider/attending faculty to teaching services with medical student and resident trainees in outpatient, inpatient, Consultation-Liaison and community agency settings.

Dr. Briones has twice served as training director of the psychiatry residency program. He has been medical student clerkship director on three separate occasions.

Besides receiving student honors and awards, commendations, and other honorary scholarships. Dr. Briones has been honored as a Distinguished Life Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association in 2005.

He has served on many medical school committees and has participated in designing, developing and teaching medical and residency curricula since 1976 and is actively contributing to the new curriculum of The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. He also serves as a consultant to various organizations and has participated in numerous professional societies including holding office and serving in local, state, and national board and advisory committee appointments. He is well published and is involved in general psychiatry and epidemiology research and has presented papers at the national level.

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columnTexas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, the Texas Tech University System’s fourth university, with a mission to provide education, research, and patient care to West Texas and beyond. It is comprised of the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing and is a regional campus for a Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The university has a clinical practice called Texas Tech Physicians that is part of the largest network of healthcare physicians in West Texas. Research focuses on cancer, diabetes & obesity, infectious diseases, and neurology.