Our Team

Alan Podawiltz
Les Smith
Chris Wall




Alan L. Podawiltz, DO, MS, FAPA, Associate Professor, is the Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He is also Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. Podawiltz earned a medical degree from Oklahoma State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a Master of Science in curriculum and instruction from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. He completed a residency in psychiatry in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Podawiltz currently serves as a voting member, and was past Chair, for the State of Texas Joint Admission Medical Program Council. Dr. Podawiltz also serves as Faculty Director for JAMP at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has served as Vice President and as Communications Secretary, Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians of Tarrant County.

Since joining TCOM in 2003 as an Interim Chair in the Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Podawiltz has implemented a solid research component in the Department of Psychiatry, implemented a psychiatric residency program at John Peter Smith Hospital and ultimately created a strong, profitable, service-oriented psychiatry department.



Les Smith is a psychiatrist whose specialties include psychopharcology and addiction psychiatry. He has practiced at JPS for the last four years.

His interest in psychiatry dates back to a first job after undergraduate school at UT Arlington in 1975, when he worked in a psychiatric facility. Medical school soon followed. He graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1978, and completed his residency in psychiatry at Parkland Hospital in Dallas from 1978-1982. He then completed a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at the University of Connecticut.

A Fort Worth native, Dr. Smith is a football and soccer fan who lives with his family in Colleyville.



Chris Wall is certified in adult and adolescent psychiatric nursing. As a certified Crisis Prevention Institute instructor, he trains staff members in the use of personal safety techniques and teaches verbal de-escalation skills for managing acting-out behaviors.

Devotion to psych nursing caught Chris by surprise during clinical rotations in nursing school. "Psych nursing hadn’t occurred to me, but caring for behavioral health patients captivated me and I've never looked back," he says. Chris has worked at JPS for six years.

A native of rural West Texas, he lives in Arlington. A football fan who loves to work out himself, his favorite pastimes include bike rides with his wife and stepdaughter.