Executive Medical Director at Baylor College of Medicine will lead Dallas’ largest nonprofit mental healthcare provider.

DALLAS – March 20, 2013– The Board of Directors of Metrocare Services has announced the appointment of John Burruss, M.D, as its new CEO.

Before joining Metrocare, Burruss was Executive Medical Director for Affiliates and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He previously served as Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and interim Chief Medical Officer at Baylor College. From 2003 to 2008, Burruss was Chief of Psychiatry at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston.

Burruss begins on April 30, 2013, at Metrocare, the largest nonprofit provider of mental health and developmental disability services in Dallas. Its 600 employees care for nearly 50,000 people each year.


“Dr. Burruss brings a wealth of experience that will help Metrocare better address the growing need for public mental healthcare,” said Julie Noble, madam chairman of Metrocare’s board of directors. “As CEO, he’ll provide invaluable leadership to all our dedicated doctors and practitioners who serve the community and make a difference in the lives of so many people.”

Burruss completed a psychiatric residency and earned his M.D. at Baylor College of Medicine. He also trained at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health and he earned a B.A. in biochemistry at University of Texas in Austin. He is a fellow in the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the American College of Psychiatrists, and the winner of many awards and honors. His research projects in psychiatry and public mental health include three years of work on the University of Texas Mental Health Policy Collaborative. 

Burruss replaces former CEO Dr. James Baker, who decided to step down to practice medicine full time at Metrocare. Linda E. Thompson served as interim CEO.


“I look forward to working with the Board and the management of Metrocare as we expand our mission of improving the lives of people with mental illness and developmental challenges,” Burruss said.
“Mental health is a serious and growing challenge in our society and one that’s still filled with public misperceptions.  I welcome the opportunity to work with Metrocare’s talented employees to help erase the stigma of mental illness and give individuals and families the treatment and support they truly deserve.”

Metrocare serves residents of Dallas County and provides a comprehensive array of programs, services and support for people dealing with mental illness, developmental disabilities and severe emotional disturbances. It’s also home to The Center for Education & Research, a top-tier training, research and education program for physicians, nurses, counselors, and other healthcare workers. Metrocare partners with several academic institutions in the metroplex to offer residencies, internships and externships.

In February, Metrocare celebrated the opening of its brand new Grand Prairie Mental Health Center, giving local families greater access to mental healthcare in southwest Dallas County. Metrocare also recently launched its unique New Onset Program, which helps young adults recently diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. The first program of its kind in the area, the New Onset Program also offers free support-group classes for family members and other loved ones.
“It’s critical time for public mental healthcare,” said Noble. “John will be actively involved in the community in order to help Metrocare strengthen funding and find new and better ways to serve the people who need it most.”

 Metrocare is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Dallas County Commissioners Court and provides services to people who otherwise might not have access to mental healthcare. That number is growing in Dallas County, with people seeking help from Metrocare up 56% over the last three years.

“I join the Board of Trustees and the Commissioners Court in asking for the community’s full support for this very important health issue,” said Burruss. “Many of the people Metrocare helps are at a low point. They may be unable to hold down jobs, maintain relationships or even find a steady place to live. It’s our job and our mission to help them to get the treatment, guidance and support they need to improve their lives.”


ABOUT METROCARE:  Nearly 50,000 adults and children will come to Metrocare for help with a mental illness or developmental disability this year. Formerly known as Dallas County MHMR (Mental Health Mental Retardation), Metrocare is a 501.c.3 nonprofit that has been providing care in Dallas for over 40 years. Metrocare helps clients of all ages (babies to elderly) who are living with developmental delays, depression, bipolar, autism, Asperger’s and many other conditions that create challenges for them and their families. Join us in helping our neighbors find lives that are meaningful and satisfying.

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