Leonard Eugene Lawrence, M.D. attended Indiana University and in 1959, and upon completion of his first year of medical school, he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from that university. On June 4, 1962, he was awarded the degree Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Lawrence did a rotating internship at the E. J. Meyer Memorial Hospital in Buffalo, New York from July 1, 1962 through June 30, 1963. He then served two years as a General Medical Officer in the United States Air Force from 1963-65. Dr. Lawrence returned to the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1965 and completed a residency in General Psychiatry and a Fellowship in Child Psychiatry, completing training in June 1969. He is Board Certified in both Psychiatry (1970) and Child Psychiatry (1971).
From 1969-72, he was assigned to the Child Guidance Clinic at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Lawrence was Honorably Discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in June 1972. He then joined the faculty of the Medical School of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) as an Assistant Professor in July 1972. On July 8, 2005 he retired as a tenured Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Family and Community Medicine at that same institution. He also served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the Medical School from 1981 until his retirement. In August of 2005, The University of Texas Board of Regents bestowed upon him the title Professor Emeritus. On September 12, 2005, Dr. Lawrence returned to the Department of Psychiatry on a half-time basis and now is helping to construct the Faculty Development process for that department.
Dr. Lawrence is a member of many professional organizations. In 1993-94, he served as the 92nd President of the National Medical Association (NMA), an organization that represents the interests of this nations 38,000 African American physicians. He is a past chairperson of the Group on Student Affairs (GSA) Minority Affairs Section of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). In November 2004, he was awarded the AAMC Minority Affairs distinguished Service Award for his leadership and his work on behalf on underrepresented minority students throughout this nation.
He has served on the Council of Children, Adolescents and their Families of the American Psychiatric Association of which he is a Distinguished Life Fellow. He is also a Life Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) of which he is a past Membership Chairperson. On October 23, 2005 he received the 2005 AACAP Jeanne Spurlock Lectureship and Award for his contributions nationally and internationally to the understanding of the role of race and culture in childrens mental health. He was the third person to have been selected to receive this recognition since the awards inception in 2001.
Currently, he serves on the Executive Committee of United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County and has chaired that organizations Board of Trustees. He has chaired the Management Board of San Antonio Fighting Back, a major Substance Abuse Intervention Project funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Lawrence was quite instrumental in the development of this community-based substance abuse prevention program, and he oversaw much of its two (2) year planning process and the first two (2) years of its implementation. Additionally he served as the first Chairman of the United Way process that developed the Alamo Area community Information System (AACIS), a community-wide computer based network that facilitates neighborhood persons in accessing necessary information about community services through locally-based information and computer outlets. Finally he has been a member of United Ways Partners for Community Change Coordinating Council, the entity that is spearheading the move toward new
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