John Burruss

Dr. John Burruss is the Chief Executive Officer of Metrocare Services in Dallas, the public Mental Health/Intellectual & Developmental Disability Agency for Dallas County and one of the largest providers of public mental health services in Texas. The Agency serves more than 54,000 unduplicated patients each year with a staff of over 1100 employees and an annual budget of more than $110 million.

Before joining Metrocare, Dr. Burruss was Executive Medical Director for Affiliates at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In this role, he managed the Affiliated Medical Services of Baylor and the University of Texas Health Science Center (AMS), the largest physician practice in the State of Texas. Dr. Burruss was the youngest Dean ever appointed at Baylor when he became Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs in 2005 and also served for one year as Chief Medical Officer for Baylor from 2009-2010. Throughout this time, Dr. Burruss was a practicing psychiatrist on the medical staff at Ben Taub Hospital where he was Chief of Psychiatry from 2002 to 2008.

Dr. Burruss earned his MD and completed a psychiatric residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston after receiving his BA in Biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. He has also trained at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is Professor of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern, Associate Professor at Baylor and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American College of Psychiatrists. His research efforts in psychiatry and public mental health include three years of work with the University of Texas Mental Health Policy Collaborative.