Dr. Pharies received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1974 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. His post-doctoral medical training at Baylor College of Medicine consisted of a Residency in Psychiatry, a Residency in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and two Fellowships in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. After becoming a Diplomate in Psychiatry with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, he joined the Academic Clinical Faculty at Baylor College of Medicine where he served as the Director of Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic at Ben Taub General Hospital. He then left academic medicine to spend 18 years at the Mental Health & Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County. There his patient population included patients suffering from major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression.
After entering the locum field, he gained intensive education in Neuropsychiatric and Neurodevelopmental disorders such as Intellectual disability, Autism spectrum disorders, Attention/Hyperactivity, and Dementia. Finally, he worked in dual diagnosis Forensic Psychiatry treating dual diagnosis inmates.
Dr. Pharies had the good fortune of joining the St. Hope Foundation team as a Psychiatric Medical Provider in January 2017.
Dr. Pharies is married to his spouse of 36 years.