Board of Trustees

Dr. Leslie Secrest

Dr. Leslie Secrest

Vice Chair

Dr. Secrest was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma and raised in Ponca City, Bozeman, Montana and Wichita Falls, Texas.  He attended Wheaton College in Illinois majoring in Zoology. After completing Medical School at UT Southwestern, he began a Residency in Psychology. Half way through his Residency, he entered the Army and served in Vietnam with the 1st Brigade of the 5th Division and the 95th KO Team at the 96th Surgical Hospital. His second year was at Irwin Army Hospital serving the 1st Infantry Division.

Les returned to Dallas and completed his Psychiatric Residency and began his psychoanalytic training at the New Orleans Psychoanalytic Institute. He is board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction medicine. He is currently a full time faculty member of UT Southwestern and the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. He has been elected President of the Medical Staff at RHD Medical Center and at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

Les had been active in many professional organizations. He has served as President of North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians and the Texas Federation of Psychiatry.  He has served as President of Dallas County Medical Society. He is a member of the Texas Medical Association’s delegation to the American Medical Association. He has been the Chair of the Texas Medical Association’s Council on Legislation and is the current Chair of the Texas Medical Association’s Task Force on Behavior Health. He is the Government Affairs Representative from Texas to the American Psychiatric Association. He is also the Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians.

Les has enjoyed serving others and championing mental health issues. He has been interested in servant leadership.  He has enjoyed teaching others about Psychiatry and serving on several Boards of Trustees for organizations dedicated to teaching and health care.

He is married to Linda McAfee Secrest and they have two daughters who work in Finance in New York City and Austin, Texas.
Dr. Leslie Secrest

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