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Thomas Tsao, M.D., DLFAPA

​Child Psychiatrist

Beach Counseling Center 

Virginia Beach, VA  23451


Dr. Tsao has been in the practice of Medicine & Psychiatry since 1967. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry & Neurology and also is a Distinguished, Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He was acting Chief of Psychiatry Naval Regional Medical Center Portsmouth during the early 70’s and was honored to treat our hero POW’s from the Hanoi Hilton. A founding faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science at the Eastern Virginia Medical School (1973), he was also the founding President of the Tidewater Chapter of the American Psychiatric Association.

Historically, he has been the Executive Medical Director of the Children’s program at the Portsmouth Psychiatric Center, the overall Executive Medical Director of Tidewater Psychiatric Institutes, the Colonial Hospital & Recovery Center, and the Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center. For decades, Dr. Tsao has focused on & championed the most accurate diagnosis and effective treatment (therapy, with or without medication) for children, adolescents, and young adults. He is the author of the peer reviewed (Weil Cornell Medical College, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Cleveland Clinic) book, “Tsaoism” which basically looks at the normal and abnormal psychological development of children & teenagers in addition to other human behavioral insights.