UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Shanfield, Stephen B. MD

School of Medicine
(210) 567-5387

Stephen B. Shanfield, M.D. is Professor Emeritus at UTHSCSA and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry.

Dr. Shanfield graduated from UCLA and received his MD from the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. He interned in pediatrics and medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, part of the Einstein School of Medicine. He trained in psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine where he also had a fellowship in Social and Community Psychiatry. After military service at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center here in San Antonio, Dr. Shanfield joined the faculty at the then new medical school at the University of Arizona where he reached the rank of Professor.

Dr. Shanfield joined the faculty at UTHSCSA in 1985 as a Professor with tenure.

Dr. Shanfield has been a career educator involved with students at all levels, medical students, residents in psychiatry and other specialties, and post graduate physicians. He has served as an educator in a variety of venues, inpatient, outpatient and medical psychiatry, and also as an organizational consultant to large mental health organizations as well as family business. He has been active as an officer, committee member and chair on local, state and national levels in psychiatric organizations. He has published in the areas of bereavement and psychotherapy supervision. Dr. Shanfield was involved in the early days of the hospice movement as a consultant to the first full hospice in the US and continued as a consultant with individuals with end of life issues until his retirement from the Department in 2006.


Dr. Shanfield is currently working on issues of threats to validity in causality research using psychiatric diagnoses. He continues to present his ideas on a national level. He has had a long interest in psychological issues involved in international relations and has along with colleagues recently published a paper on suicide terrorists. Most recently he and colleagues are studying terrorism among diaspora communities.

2/2006 - Present Clinical Professor (non paid) University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
1/2003 - Present Associate The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, The Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, San Antonio, TX