Title: Medical Director, Chief of Staff
Company: Palestine Regional Medical Center
Location: Palestine, Texas, United States
Russell Packard, Medical Director and Chief of Staff at the Palestine Regional Medical Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in health care administration.
In preparation for his career, Dr. Packard attended the University of California Irvine, where he graduated with an MD in 1971. From 1970 to 1980, he served to the rank of a commander in the United States Navy, garnering experience as an intern in internal medicine at the San Diego Naval Hospital in California from 1971 to 1972. He completed a residency in psychiatry at the Oakland Naval Hospital in Oakland, California, from 1971 to 1974, subsequently completing an additional residency in neurology at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland from 1974 to 1977. Upon his honorable discharge, Dr. Packard worked as the director of Headache Management and Neurology in Pensacola, Florida for 20 years, holding numerous further positions, including being an expert medical advisor to the Florida Division of Workman’s Compensation and a researcher for the American Academy of Neurology from 1996 to 2000.
As a health care administrator, Dr. Packard has worked as the medical director of behavioral health at the Palestine Regional Medical Center since 2017 and has additionally acted as the chief of staff of the institution since 2019. Previously, he served as the medical director of the Andrews Center Behavioral Healthcare System, among numerous further positions. Dr. Packard has also contributed his expertise as a professor for the department of psychiatry at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, as well as the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and School of Medicine.
Dr. Packard holds myriad professional certifications, including licensure in California, Florida and Texas, as well as board certification in Headache Medicine from the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. He is a certified independent medical examiner and a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Packard graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in theology, summa cum laude, from Saint Leo University in 1981. In conjunction with his primary professional pursuits, he has found success through his written work, authoring “The Psych Wards” and “Come, Journey with Me: A Personal Story of Conversion and Ordination” in 1984. He also contributed to numerous presentations, publications, and professional papers, and was the guest editor of “Seminars in Neurology” in 1994 and co-edited “Psychiatric Aspects of Headache” in 1987.
As a life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Packard attributes his success to his hard work. As a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American College of Physicians, he is most proud of his academic work in neurology and psychiatry, specifically his writings on headaches and head injuries. As a further testament to his success and experience, Dr. Packard has been featured in the fourth edition of Who’s Who in Religion as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in America.
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