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President Texas Medical Association

Don Read is the former president and former chairman of the Board of Directors for the Dallas County Medical Society, and the former president for the Texas Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. These leadership roles played a viable part in Dr. Read’s career and life, helping him to become the recipient of the 2010 Max Cole Leadership Award, presented by the Dallas County Medical Society for outstanding service in the field of medicine and to the community.

Don R. Read, M.D.

An Active Colorectal Surgery Instructor

Dr. Read is currently the clinic instructor in surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas and President of the Texas Medical Association. He also has served on the board of the Dallas County Medical Society. While completing residencies in Chicago, he was the director of surgical education at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and after moving to Texas, served as the president of the medical staff and a member of the Board of Directors at Medical City Dallas.

Dr. Read has presented topics to professional colleagues on colon and rectal surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids and other topics throughout the U.S., South America and Europe. He is active in a number of national and local medical societies and associations, and published in the U.S. and Latin America with articles on diseases of the colon and rectum, abscesses, fistulas and diverticulitis.

One of the Top Colon and Rectal Surgeons in Dallas, TX

One of the best colon and rectal surgeons in Dallas, TX, not to mention, all of North Texas, Dr. Read’s practice encompasses all colorectal health disorders. These include colonoscopy for screening, diagnosis and therapeutic practices, the expert treatment of diverticulitis, fistulas, pilonidal cysts, constipation, fissures, diarrhea, and the treatment of hemorrhoids.

A Texas native, Dr. Read is active in his church choir and has been an active member of the Dallas Rotary Club since 1982. He and his wife, Roberta, have two daughters, Sarah and Alison.

Dr. Read founded the West Nile Virus Support Group in 2006, with members from Dallas and surrounding areas. In 1970, Dr. Read received the Bronze Star for service with the 7th Marines Division in Vietnam from 1969-1970. His service continues today in his practice and commitment to excellent patient care.

ABOUT Don R. Read, M.D.


  • Residency in Colorectal Surgery.Cook County Hospital – Chicago, Illinois
  • Residency in General Surgery.Northwestern University & Cook County Hospital – Chicago, Illinois
  • Degree: M.D.University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston, Texas
  • Degree: B.A.Austin College – Sherman, Texas

Postgraduate Teaching

  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas
  • University of Illinois
  • Cook County Hospital


  • American College of Surgeons; Fellow
  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons; Fellow
  • Texas Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons; Fellow
  • Midwest Surgical Association
  • American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Texas Medical Association; Past Chairman and Current Secretary of the Board of Trustees
  • International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons


  • Consumers’ Research Council of America
  • Guide to America’s Top Surgeons
  • D Magazine Best Doctors in Dallas: 2001-2013, 2015
  • The 2010 Max Cole Leadership Award awarded by the Dallas County Medical Society for outstanding service in the field of medicine and to the community
  • Best Doctors in America® 1996-2004, 2007-2008
  • Texas Super Doctors 2008, 2013, 2014 (Super Doctors is a trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)
  • Published in Texas Monthly

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I just celebrated 20 years since receiving an ileostomy under the gifted hands of Dr. Don Read and Dr. Randy Crim. I have been disease free and live a normal married lifestyle. Thank you for having me as your patient, may God continue to bless and keep you.

– Gary C.