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A psychopharmacologist, practicing psychiatrist, instructor, and researcher with more than three decades of experience in his field, Dr. Thomas Gazda currently divides his time among a wide range of professional endeavors in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area and beyond. Commanding an impressive academic background, Thomas Gazda laid the foundations for his career at the University of Illinois, where he earned his B.S. in Biology as well as his M.D. Dr. Gazda completed his residency in family practice at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, rising to the role of Chief Resident during his tenure there. He followed a second in psychiatry and double boarded in both specialties. Additional specialized training was undertaken at the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis in Montreal, where he earned the Douglas Levin Essay Prize and qualified to become a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association, which only has 10,000 members worldwide. As an active participant in more than a dozen professional committees over the course of his career, and with a number of publications to his name, Dr. Thomas Gazda maintains affiliations with a variety of medical societies in the U.S. and abroad. In 2007, Thomas Gazda, M.D., was named a "Top Doc" in Phoenix Magazine and named "Super Doc" 2011 for the 2012 issue of Arizona Magazine. At present, Dr. Gazda serves on the clinical teaching staff for the psychiatry residency training program at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix and works as a staff psychiatrist at Banner Behavioral Health Hospital in suburban Scottsdale, where he spent four years as Chief of Staff. He also operates a private practice in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and acts as a consult psychiatrist at Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa. Dr. Gazda has particular expertise in the treatment of anxiety, affective, and psychotic disorders. An active clinical investigator, he has conducted and consulted on myriad trials for major pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly, Wyeth Ayerst, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, Abbott Laboratories, and several others. In his spare time, Dr. Thomas Gazda enjoys performing in theatrical productions, traveling, and running marathons. In addition, he is a self-proclaimed fan of Big Ten football.

Work experience

Jan 2007Present


Good Samaritan Hospital Psychiatry
Jan 2003Present


Southwest Health Ltd.,
Jan 2007Present

Freelancer, Doctor

Weekend Inpatient Coverage
Jan 2003Jan 2005


Superstition Mountain Mental Health

Thomas Gazda


Jan 1979Jan 1982


University of Illinois
Jan 1975Jan 1979


University of Illinois