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George A. Keepers M.D.

    • Professor of Psychiatry School of Medicine
    • Elda V. Carruthers Professor of Psychiatry Psychiatry School of Medicine

George A. Keepers, M.D., a 1977 graduate of Baylor College of Medicine completed residency training at OHSU in 1981. Subsequent to residency training he spent two years at the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in the National Health Scholarships Corp prior to joining the OHSU faculty as a staff psychiatrist at the Portland Veteran's Administration Medical Center (PVAMC). He left the PVAMC in 1991 as chief of inpatient psychiatry to take the position of director of residency training in psychiatry at OHSU. In 2001 he was asked to serve as interim chair of the department. In 2004, Dr. Keepers was named to the Carruthers Professorship in Psychiatry and appointed department chair.

Dr. Keepers' earliest research interests included the psychopharmacological treatments of schizophrenia and side effects of these treatments, acute extra-pyramidal side effects (dystonia, akathisia and parkinsonism), tardive dyskinesia, and other aspects of neuropsychiatry and neuropsychopharmacology. His current clinical and research interests continue to be in the field of neuropsychiatry. He is the director of the Complex Neuropsychiatry Clinic and director of the Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Clinic.

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  • Residency:

    • Psychiatry-Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
  • Certifications:

    • Psychiatry

Memberships and associations

  • Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association


  • "Prophylaxis of antipsychotic drug-induced extrapyramidal syndromes" Western Journal of Medicine  1991
  • "A double blind controlled study of clobazam for the treatment of anxiety in psychiatric outpatients" Current Therapeutic Research  1977
  • "Major side effects of antipsychotic drugs." Journal of Family Practice May 1978
  • "Medical student views on interactions with pharmaceutical representatives" Academic Psychiatry May 2012
  • "Prediction of neuroleptic-induced dystonia" Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology  1987
  • "Geriatric training in adult psychiatry residency training programs" Academic Psychiatry  1996
  • "Initial Anticholinergic Prophylaxis for Neuroleptic-Induced Extrapyramidal Syndromes" JAMA Psychiatry  1983
  • "Nonconvulsive status epilepticus after ECT [3]" American Journal of Psychiatry  2000
  • "Acute extrapyramidal syndromes in neuroleptic-treated elders" Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology  1991
  • "People and garbage are not the same" Community Mental Health Journal June 1988
  • "Neuroleptic malignant syndrome associated with withdrawal from carbamazepine" American Journal of Psychiatry  1990
  • "Interaction of fluoxetine and pentazocine" American Journal of Psychiatry  1990
  • "Efficacy of anticholinergic prophylaxis for neuroleptic-induced acute dystonia" American Journal of Psychiatry  1988
  • "Neuroleptic side effects" Psychopharmacology series  1988
  • "A pilot study of depression among American Indian patients with research diagnostic criteria." American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research  1987
  • "The prevalence and significance of medical illness among chronically mentally Ill outpatients" Community Mental Health Journal June 1987
  • "Pathological preoccupation with video games" Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  1990
  • "The milestones for general psychiatry residency training" Academic Psychiatry  2014
  • "Clinical management of acute neuroleptic-induced extrapyramidal syndromes." Current psychiatric therapies  1986
  • "Unexpected intracerebral pathology in older schizophrenic patients [3]" American Journal of Psychiatry  1991
  • "Use of neuroleptic-induced extrapyramidal symptoms to predict future vulnerability to side effects" American Journal of Psychiatry January 1991
  • "Psychiatric resident and faculty views on and interactions with the pharmaceutical industry" Academic Psychiatry March 2010
  • "A three-decade perspective on community and public psychiatry training in Oregon" Psychiatric Services September 1998
  • "Vagus nerve stimulation therapy randomized to different amounts of electrical charge for treatment-resistant depression" Brain Stimulation July 2013
  • "Antipsychotic drugs--an update." The Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association January 1978
  • "The Moral Myopia of Academia and “The Big Chillâ€� of Managed Care" Academic Psychiatry  1994
  • "Harnessing Technology to Implement Measurement-Based Care" Academic Psychiatry October 1 2018
  • "The 2017 ACGME Common Work Hour Standards" Journal of graduate medical education December 1 2017
  • "Great Expectations" Journal of graduate medical education April 1 2019

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