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Chief Medical Officer

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James E. Butler, M.D., Ph.D., serves as a Chief Medical Officer for Oceans Healthcare, a nationally recognized provider of behavioral health services with 33 locations in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

As a practicing psychiatrist and physician leader, he provides medical oversight for patient care teams and leads quality improvement efforts for Oceans behavioral hospitals and outpatient locations throughout Texas.

Dr. Butler brings more than a decade of experience in genetic research and behavioral health to Oceans’ leadership team, ensuring the organization remains at the forefront of the rapidly expanding behavioral health services industry.

Dr. Butler earned doctorate degrees in molecular genetics and medicine from University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed research fellowships at Harvard University’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute and UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He is a member of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, the American Physician Scientist Association, and Physicians for a National Health Program.