About Dr. Philip J. Leonard
Dr Leonard's mother was born and grew up just a few blocks from Mexico. After World War II, his parents settled 25 miles away and he grew up in the country surrounded by cotton fields. They had lots of pets and raised goats, ducks, chickens, rabbits and Chihuahuas. Dr. Leonard recalls his father going around the countryside to check on old people to make sure that there was enough to eat and when it was cold that they had heat.
Dr. Leonard rode the school bus to a country school that once had 12 grades. He grew up bilingual, in fact, he spoke Spanish before English. When he was in first grade, the teachers used to use him to translate to the migrant children who did not speak English. He played saxophone in the band and sang in a boys' choir. In high school, he participated in interscholastic league competitions in debate, number sense, and ready writing. He was a photographer for the Annual. He had some poetry published and participated in drama. Active in his youth group, he was the editor of a monthly newsletter and won 1st place trophy for an extemporaneous writing competition for Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
After graduating high school, Dr. Leonard went to the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with high honors from the Department of Oriental and African Languages and Literatures in 1972. In addition, he qualified for a second Bachelor or Science degree in zoology with honors.
Other honors included membership in Phi Beta Kappa, academic Honor Society. He also participated as a representative in the Model United Nations. He was an associate editor and columnist for the University Jewish Voice. Having been accepted to medical school, he worked for 6 months, earning enough to backpack across Europe for the summer and visit 18 countries before beginning UTMB Medical School in Galveston in 1973. Before graduating medical school, he was fortunate to have elective opportunities at Cornell Medical School, in New York City, Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas, and The National Hospital for Nervous Disease at Queen Square in London, England.
He returned to do an internship in Houston, Texas, and went on to a neurology residency at University Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He had an appointment as a Teaching Fellow there. He attended the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC, and spent some post-graduate time at the Seizure Unit at Harvard Children's Hospital after which he returned to London, where he had a position as Honorary Assistant House Physician at the National Hospital for Nervous Disease at Queen Square in London, England. This is the top Neurology Hospital in the British Empire. Among his professors there was Sir Roger Bannister, the neurologist who is also famous for running the 4 minute mile. He has continued regular Post-graduate Training since that time and attended every Academy of Neurology Meeting from 1981 through 2002.
Dr. B. J. Wilder, nationally known epileptologist selected him to be an Epilepsy Mini-fellow at Bowman Gray University in Winston-Salem, NC with Dr. Kiffen Penry in 1987.
He has avoided politics but has volunteered regularly to work in his professional community.
Starting practice in Austin in 1982, Dr. Alan Nogen asked him to be the Neurology Representative to the Council on Socio-Economics. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed the Neurology Representative to the TMA (Texas Medical Association) Specialty Society Committee. He was also the Neurology Delegate to the TMA House of Delegates. Interested in the care made available to the chronically ill and needy, he was appointed to the Medicaid Working Group. For over 10 years he has been the Texas Neurology Advisor for the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee. This committee gives advise on what is standard of care. He is also the Texas Representative for the National Neurology Carrier Advisory Committee. When the New Workers Compensation Law was enacted, he was appointed to the First Workers Compensations Fees and Guidelines Committee. Because of his long history of work for the Texas Neurological Community, he was elected President and is now a Past-President of the Texas Neurology Society. Recently, Dr. William Riley appointed Dr. Leonard chairman of the Patient Advocacy Committee for the Texas Neurological Society. Dr. Leonard was a former Neurology Section Coordinator for the Texas Medical Association Annual Education Meeting and has been in charge of the Neurology entry at HealthFest locally. Dr. Leonard was the Texas Delegate to the Neurosociety Congress working for the Patients' Rights Amendment in Washington DC.
He was married in 1978 to Patti surrounded by azaleas in the courtyard of her family home. After his residency, and living in London, they returned to Austin to build a life together and open his practice. They have three children. 2 daughters and one son. He taught religious school, and before their son was born, he was a volunteer doctor at a children's camp for 11 years. During the Gulf War, he was an observer to the Second Jewish Congress in the Soviet Union and helped with the emigration. They participated in a delegation from the United States which were the first foreign visitors to the New President of Lithuania after they seceded from the Soviet Union.
Sharing knowledge and ideas has been one of his enjoyments and while in the USSR, he gave talks to groups in Leningrad, Moscow and Vilna on "Rule of Law" as opposed to "Rule of Policy." Upon returning to Austin, he mentored new emigrants. He has also helped in the Brackenridge Family Practice and Pediatrics Training program. Dr. Leonard has hired students to work in the office from the public school systems for work study programs and have also given opportunities to UT Students to work in his office as well.
Among those students are tax lawyers, doctors, professors, CPAs and other successful people who started working in Dr. Leonard's office.
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