Meet the Program Leadership and Core Faculty
Alan L. Podawiltz, DO, MS, FAPA is a 1995 graduate of the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Podawiltz completed his intern year at the Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland, Oregon. In 1999 he completed his Psychiatry residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock, Texas.
He served as the Chief Resident for the TTUHSC Department of Psychiatry during his last year in the residency. Dr. Podawiltz completed a one year Clinical Research Fellowship at TTUHSC. Dr. Podawiltz became the Psychiatry Residency Training Director at TTUHSC in 1999. In 2001 Dr. Podawiltz accepted the position of Psychiatry Residency Training Director for JPS Health Network Department of Psychiatry and served in that role until he assumed the position of Interim Chair of Psychiatry at JPS, August of 2003. Dr. Podawiltz is currently the Chair of Psychiatry for the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Chair of Psychiatry for JPS Health Network.
Dustin Stonewall DeMoss has split time between Texas and Louisiana for his entire life. Shortly after his birth near Galveston, Texas, his family moved to a small town in Louisiana where he spent the first 12 years of his life cheering for the New Orleans Saints. Upon moving back to Texas, he graduated from high school, college, and ultimately medical school at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. After medical school, he moved back to Louisiana to attend residency at Tulane University’s Internal Medicine and Psychiatry combined residency program. He was the first resident back to this program after Hurricane Katrina forced its closure in 2005. After his 1st year in the program, he became chief resident and remained in this position for the subsequent four years and oversaw the programs return to its full capacity; earning the nation’s top award (the Martin Fenton award) for combined residents across the country along the way.
After graduating from residency, he and his family moved back to Fort Worth where he initially learned Medicine and Psychiatry so that he could have the opportunity to give back to the hospital and community that has invested so much in him. Since coming back to JPS in 2014, Dr. DeMoss still roots for the Saints and has worked in nearly every clinical setting JPS has to offer. This wide experience, in combination with his passion for research and education, has truly prepared him to be a great mentor and leader for the department of psychiatry and behavioral health as the JPS Psychiatry Residency Director. Along Dr. DeMoss’ path to his current position as the Residency Training Director and Vice Chair of Education for Psychiatry, he has amassed numerous awards for teaching, clinical care, and research. Most recently, he was awarded the JPS Humanitarian Award for his efforts in leading the development of JPS’ first Substance Use Disorder clinical service line.
Dr. James Haliburton, MD, received his Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology from Texas Tech University and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. Dr. Haliburton then completed his psychiatry residency and fellowship in consult-liaison psychiatry from the University of Louisville. In residency, Dr. Haliburton started to have an interest in teaching and academia while in residency leading his mentors to encourage him to complete the Academic Track in psychiatry residency. Since finishing his fellowship, Dr. Haliburton has practiced in Texas and now is faculty at John Peter Smith Hospital (JPS), where he is the associate program director for the general psychiatry residency and the clinical medical director for consult-liaison psychiatry. He also serves as the Psychiatry Clerkship Director for the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Haliburton reports that working at JPS has been one of his most rewarding career experiences. The residents and faculty in the psychiatry department are exceptional colleagues to work with, and treating this patient population is very rewarding. When not at work, Dr. Haliburton enjoys spending time with his husband and son and enjoying his hobbies of gemology, music, and gardening.