George A. Keepers, M.D.

George A. Keepers, M.D.

Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Carruthers Professor of Psychiatry, OHSU
Director, Complex Neuropsychiatry Clinic
Director, Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Clinic



1973, BA (Chemistry), University of Missouri
1977, MD, Baylor College of Medicine
1981, Residency in Psychiatry, OHSU

Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)


Academic and Research Interests

George A. Keepers, M.D., was named Chair and to the Carruthers professorship in the Department of Psychiatry in the OHSU School of Medicine in 2004. Dr. Keepers, 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. Under his leadership the residency training program developed into a top tier training program which attracts the best applicants from across the country. In 2001 Dr. Joseph Bloom, Dean emeritus asked Dr. Keepers to serve as interim chair of the department. As interim chair Dr. Keepers has emphasized growth in the research mission of the department and enhancement of its excellent educational programs. Dr. Keepers' earliest research interests included the psychopharmacological treatments of schizophrenia and side effects of these treatments, acute extrapyramidal side effects (dystonia, akathisia and parkinsonism), tardive dyskinesia, and other aspects of neuropsychiatry and neuropsychopharmacology. Important aspects of this work are the accurate prediction, control and prevention of side effects. His current clinical and research interests are in the field of neuropsychiatry. He is particularly interested in Attention Deficit Disorder and is the director of the OHSU Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Clinic.

The Department of Psychiatry includes 85 primary, 40 adjunct and 120 clinical faculty members. Residency training in general, child, geriatric and addiction psychiatry involves over 40 residents and fellows making it one of the largest training programs at OHSU. The department enjoys national prominence in public psychiatry, cross cultural psychiatry, mood disorders, sleep disorders and circadian rhythm disturbances. OHSU's Psychiatry Department is the only department in the country to have twice won the American College of Psychiatrists Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Education. The Department's research projects have brought $17 million in current funding to OHSU.



American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology
American Association of Community and Public Psychiatrists
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Examiner for Oral Boards
American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training Programs
Association for Academic Psychiatry
Oregon Psychiatric Association
American Psychiatric Association