Col. Jim Leech, M.D. Ď82, is accustomed to being on the front lines - not just because he earned a Bronze Star Medal for his outstanding service in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, but because heís been "at the front of the line" throughout his entire career. He has served as chief of the medical staff at Darnall Army Community Hospital in Fort Hood; commander of Winn Army Community Hospital in Fort Stewart, Ga.; and chief of surgery at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso. He also was neurosurgery consultant to two U.S. Army surgeons general. On July 23, Col. Leech took command of William Beaumont Army Medical Center.
As commander, Col. Leech oversees more than 2,000 civilian and military staff physicians, nurses and other hospital personnel.
"The faculty and students at the Health Science Center inspired my work ethic,"
Col. Leech said. "They helped me see that with hard work and determination, I could reach my goals."
Col. Leech recently became a member of the Health Science Centerís Presidentís Council. "I wanted to give back to a school that has given me so much," Col. Leech said. "I have a successful career and the university helped me achieve that. I read The Mission magazine cover to cover and learn about the fascinating research taking place there. Iím proud my alma mater is producing doctors and researchers who help the people of Texas and beyond."
Col. Leech recently earned his masterís degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. He and his wife, Tina, an Army Nurse Corps officer, have six children.
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