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Joseph Thornton, M.D.

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Dr. Joseph Thornton joined the University of Florida College of Medicine faculty in the spring of 2010 as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. He served 2 years as an attending faculty physician on the adult inpatient psychiatry unit at UF Shands Vista Hospital, and is now a staff psychiatrist with the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center on the Consultation Liaison Service. Dr Thornton also conducts a geriatric psychiatry clinic at the Springhill Health Center.


Dr. Thornton has been on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of South Florida. From 1996 to 2003, Dr. Thornton was on the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He was the Medical Director of the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at University Hospital, founded the Safe Family Project (prevention of family violence) and co-founded the University Clinical Psychopharmacology Laboratory. He has over two- dozen publications and several teaching awards. From 2003 to 2010 Dr. Thornton served as the Medical Executive Director for the North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center (NFETC). While at NFETC he founded the Alachua Area Medical Reserve Corps.

Dr. Thornton has over ten years experience supervising multiple health disciplines within state institutions During his academic work he had significant interdisciplinary collaboration either in geriatrics or in substance abuse and public health. Dr. Thornton also participated in a federally funded faculty development training program for interdisciplinary teaching through an interagency program called Project MAINSTREAM


Residency - Psychiatry
Stanford University

Residency - Psychiatry and Neurology
Stanford University

Bachelor of Arts - Psychology
University of Texas

Medical Degree
University of Texas

Board Certification

  • Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology