William Thornton, M.D.

William Thornton, M.D.

  • McKenzie Foundation Chair in Psychiatry II
  • Psychiatry
  • Adult Psychiatry
  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders


Much of my clinical work is with general psychiatric inpatients, including persons with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and dementia. My outpatient work focuses primarily on persons with mood disorders. I also work with patients in psychoanalytically based psychotherapy. My research interest is in neuro-stimluation. I am especially interested in the ways in which psychoanalysis, philosophy, history, and literature may inform one another.

In 2018, he was named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly.

Education & Training
  • Internship/Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1987-1991), Psychiatry
  • Medical School - UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Residency - UTSW Dept of Psychiatry (1987-1991)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Dallas Psychoanalytic Institute
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2022
  • Outstanding Teaching Site, Zale-Lipshy Inpatient Psychiatric Unit 2001
  • Junior Faculty Development Award, Association for Academic Psychiatry 1995
  • Nominated Outstanding Teacher, PGYII and/or PGYIII 1993
  • Outstanding Resident in Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas 1991
Books & Publications
  • Neuro-stimluation

Clinical Focus

  • Adult Psychiatry
  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders

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