Andrew M. Portteus, MD, MPH, PA

Dr. Portteus is a psychiatrist who treats both Adults and Children.  In addition to medical school, he completed a residency in psychiatry and a two-year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry.  He is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists. 

Dr. Portteus has extensive experience working with the psychiatric and emotional needs of children and their families, and he has been widely recognized for his scholarship and clinical work.   In addition to private practice, Dr. Portteus recently served as a consultant to the Dallas Independent School District Youth and Family Centers, and is a recommended psychiatrist by SMU psychological services.  Dr. Portteus was selected as one of the Best Pediatric Psychiatrists in Dallas by D Magazine 2011, 2013, 2014,2015, and 2018.

Dr. Portteus has expertise across a number of areas in psychiatry, and has served patients in all types of communities and backgrounds.  He is known for his ability to listen openly and carefully to the needs of families, and has a style that is warm and approachable, along with the insight and expertise to address the many serious concerns of his patients. 

Before opening his private practice in 2006, Dr. Portteus was on faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas as an Associate Professor, where he taught medical students and resident physicians about psychiatric interviewing, diagnosis, and treatment.  Dr. Portteus served as Medical Director of Psychiatric Consult Services at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas from 2002 through 2006.  He has served as a psychiatric consultant to Parkland Community- Oriented Primary Care Pediatric Clinics, Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers, Dallas Metrocare, and and Shades of Hope Residential Treatment Center. 

Dr. Portteus has spoken at local, national and international meetings on topics ranging from pediatric depression to ADHD to medical ethics.  Additionally, he has published in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry regarding antidepressant medications in youth, the role of depression in other illness types, and many other topics.  Dr. Portteus is an experienced therapist and is also an expert in the use of psychiatric medications in children and adults.

Dr. Portteus is the father of four children, identical twin boys and two girls.  He is active in his community and understands well the educational and social systems of  Dallas and surrounding metroplex and suburbs, gained from experience living in different communities, and with children previously and actively enrolled in both public and private school systems.  As a father himself, Andrew seeks to help parents and children be the best they can be, understanding the limitations and challenges of what life demands, work obligations, time restrictions, anxiety of numerous conflicting choices, general stress and the unique or prevalent biological and clinical situations that affect families today.     

Dr. Portteus is passionate about providing quality time, the best care, evidence based, and effective treatments for all families, regardless of situation, climate, or phase of life.  He is a humble and caring doctor, focused on finding ways to help his patients be happy and successful.  This combined with his educational pedigreed experiences, and the proven clinical expertise as a leader in the field, allows for patients to have a meaningful therapeutic relationship with a physician and provider they can trust.


Education, Experience, and Credentials

Washington University in St. Louis:  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biology
Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health:  Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine: Medical Doctor (M.D.)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:  Residency in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Board Certified 2002

Presidential Scholar, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Janssen Clinical Research Scholar, American Psychiatric Association
Podolarian Award, Selected by medical school classmates for outstanding clinical performance and commitment to patient care
Benjamin Rush Award, Outstanding  performance in psychiatry as a medical student
Outstanding Student Award, Oklahoma State Psychiatric Association
Medical School Class Co-president
Medical School Graduation Speaker, selected by medical school class
American Medical Student Association Washington Health Policy Fellow
Yale University Weinerman Fellow, Honored for academic excellence, leadership, and commitment to social justice.
Tulsa Scottish Rite Scholar
Oklahoma Educational Memorial Trust Foundation Scholar


Sample presentations and Publications

Pediatric Depression

  • 5th Annual SIDS and KIDS Symposium, United Regional Health Care System, Wichita Falls, TX, February 19, 2003.

  • Pediatric Hematology Oncology Grand Rounds, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, March 18, 2003.

  • Mental Health Association of Dallas, Saving Lives for Texas, Continuing Medical Education Program, May 21, 2003.

  • Pediatric Grand Rounds, Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola, Florida,November 11, 2003.

  • COPC Pediatricians, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, December 3, 2003.

  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Continuing Medical Education for Pediatrics, May 1, 2004

  • 27th Annual Texas Medical Association Conference, November 2004

  • Pediatric Grand Rounds, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, July 28, 2004

  • Texas Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference, February 11, 2005

  • The Kids' Doctor, Radio Show 103.7 FM, September 21, 2008

  • Manuscript reviewer, Pediatrics journal, 2009


  • ADHD, Managing Co-morbidities, McNeil Pharmaceuticals Speakers Bureau, 2003.

  • ADHD and Co-Morbidities, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Continuing Medical Education for Pediatrics, April, 2006.

  • ADHD, "Bridging the Gap" training for pediatricians and family physicians, Parkland COPC clinic system, February and March 2011

Other Topics

  • Psychiatry Centers of Excellence, Issues in the Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Select Mental Disorders: focus on Atypical Antipsychotic Medications, UT Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas, Oct 29, 2002.

  • Biomedical Ethics Seminar, Understanding the Placebo Effect, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Sept. 3, 2003.

  • The Prevalence and Use of Anti-depressant Medication (ADM) in Pediatric Cancer Patients. Andrew Portteus, MD, MPH , Naveed Ahmad, MD, MPH, Daniel Tobey and Patrick Leavey, MD. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. August, 2006.

  • The use of antidepressant medications (AD) in children with cancer. Tobey, D., McLaughlin, A., Scott, S., Bash, R., Ahmad, N., Portteus, A., Slone, T. and Leavey, P.J. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2005, Vol 44,(6), p561, #1154. Presented at the 18th Annual meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology / Oncology and 2005 Annual Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, Washington D.C., May 2005.

  • Emslie GJ, Portteus AM, Kumar EC, Hume JH (2004), Chapter 12, Antidepressants: SSRIs and Novel Atypical Antidepressants—an Update on Psychopharmacology, In: Handbook of Mental Health Interventions in Children and Adolescents: an integrated developmental approach, Steiner H, editor. San Francisco, CA: Josey-Bass.

  • Burns-Keliher LL, Portteus A, Curtiss R 3rd (1997), Specific Detection of Salmonella typhimurium proteins synthesized intracellularly. Journal of Bacteriology 179(11):3604-112.