Dr. Briones opened the first sleep disorders center in the El Paso region with Dr. Gonzalo Diaz in 1985. He is Founder of the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech University HSC-El Paso, where he served as Regional Chair for more than 25 years. Dr. Briones has authored more than 30 medical literature publications covering a wide range of topics. He continues to be very active in research, including current work in psychotic phenomenology, epidemiology, cross-culture medicine and sleep disorders.
He is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry at the Texas Tech University Paul Foster School of Medicine Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, where he provides patient care and supervises the training of medical students and residents. He is certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Briones graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch and received his specialty training in psychiatry at The University of Texas HSC-San Antonio.
In 2011 Dr. Briones was awarded the Distinguished Service Award at the annual meeting of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians. He has been awarded Distinguished Life Fellow status, the highest achievement of the American Psychiatric Association.