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Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Private practice in San Antonio since 1985.

Dr. Burnside is a native of San Antonio and attended Lee High School. After receiving a BA degree at the University of Texas, Austin, he attended medical school at UTMB in Galveston. He returned to San Antonio for his residency training in general and child psychiatry and is board certified in both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He began his private practice in 1985. He is on the Santa Rosa Family Practice clinical faculty.For approximately 10 years, in addition to his private practice, he was a principle investigator in clinical research for more than 30 studies, mostly centered around ADHD. In December 2011, he discontinued his clinical research duties to focus solely on caring for his private patients.

He and his lovely wife, Lisa, have 3 children. His family has done a remarkable job of keeping him humble.

Dr. Burnside has done hundreds of presentations on ADHD and related topics. His special interests include ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. Although most of his patients are between the ages of two and twenty-two, he sees adults as well. He spends a significant amount of his time doing individual and family therapy.

Read more about John C. Burnside, M.D.


  • Professional Experience
  • Education and Licensure
  • Presentation Experience

Professional Experience

  • 1978-1982 – General Psychiatry residency at UTHSC in San Antonio
  • 1982-1983 – Staff Psychiatrist, San Antonio State Hospital
  • 1983 – Director, Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit
    San Antonio State Hospital
  • 1984-1985 – Completed Child Psychiatry fellowship, June 1985;
    Named Chief Resident of Child Psychiatry;
    Clinical Assistant Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, UTHSC
  • July 1985 – Entered private practice as a child psychiatrist
  • 1985-Present – Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, UTHSC;
    Supervise child psychiatry residents
  • 1986-1987 – Medical Director, Charter Real Adolescent Day Hospital, San Antonio
  • 1988-1991 – Unit Medical Chief, Children’s Unit, Colonial Hills Hospital
  • 1990 – President, San Antonio Society of Adolescent Psychiatry
  • 1991-1993 – Medical Director of Children’s Unit at Mission Vista Hospital
  • 2001-Present – Winston School Scientific Advisory Committee (WSSAC)
  • 2001-Present – National ADHD Consultant for Shire
  • 2001-2005 – Principal Investigator- ADHD Clinic of San Antonio
  • 2003-Present – Chairman of WSSAC
    Board Member of Winston School
  • May 2003 – South Texas Counseling Association exemplary service award
  • 2005-Present – Principal Investigator- Cerebral Research, LLC


  • 1974 – B.A., Biology – Cum Laude
    University of Texas at Austin
  • 1978 – Doctor of Medicine
    University of Texas Medical Branch
    Galveston, Texas


  • 1978 – Texas State Medical License (F-1418) First issued – August 27, 1978
  • 1984 – Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for General Psychiatry
  • 1987 – Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for Child Psychiatry


  • American Academy of Child Psychiatry
  • Phi Beta Kappa Association

Clinical Research Experience

  • April 2001  – July 2010 – ADHD Studies for Adolescents aged 6-12 and 13-17 with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Examples of Presentations

  • September 1992 – Began “Brain On Tour” drug prevention program to local elementary schools
  • February 1993 – Participation in AMA-ABA Drug Prevention Project
  • April 1993 – ADHD Workshop
  • April 1993 – Drug Education at Boerne Elementary School
  • July 1993 – ADHD – McAllen Radio
  • August 1993 – ADHD Workshop, McAllen, Texas
  • February 1994 – Presentation on ADHD – Our Lady of the Lake University
  • August 1994 – Presentation on ADHD – Region 20
  • October 1996 – Presentation to Mom’s Club of Boerne
  • February 1997 – Presentation regarding ADHD in children on San Antonio Living T.V. show
  • March 1997 – Family practice physicians review course Presentation on ADHD in adults
  • October 1997 – “ADD/ADHD: From Soup to Nuts” – ATPE Conference – Austin, TX
  • April 1998 – ADHD presentation on Play Theory provided for The Alamo Chapter of Texas Association
  • April 1998 2 presentations on ADHD provided for the ATPE (Associated Texas Professional Educators) State Conference
  • August 2000 – ADHD (2-day) Presentation – Mexico City
  • November 2000 – ADHD Workshop – Scottish Rite Temple
  • Feb 2004 – ADHD presentation for Annual Symposium at The Winston School of San Antonio
  • April 2003 – ADHD Workshop – Busy Bodies of San Antonio
  • Oct 2004 – ADHD presentation at Psychiatric Pharmaco-therapy update For University of Texas College of Pharmacy
  • Feb 2005 – ADHD presentation for the annual symposium at Winston School
  • May 2007 – Poster Presentation at the APA
  • September 2008 – UT college of Pharmacy presentation “Depression in Children and Adolescents

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