Dr. James Winston, MD

Dr. James Winston, MD

Psychiatry  |  
Male  |  
Age 62
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Dr. James Winston, is both the founder and medical director of American Behavioral Clinics. Dr. Winston is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and has been in practice for over 30 years. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1981 and completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, in 1985. Understanding the psychopharmacology of the brain is one of Dr. Winston's biggest strengths. As a national speaker, he has lectured on most medications and keeps current on the newest breakthroughs in the field. His knowledge of pharmaceuticals combined with years of experience provide him an edge in prescribing an effective treatment regimen for his patients. Among his professional accomplishments, Dr. Winston has been voted as, "Top Doctor" in multiple issues of Milwaukee Magazine, most recently in 2015. He currently serves on the board of Alverno College's psychiatric nurse practitioner program and has been a past lecturer at Rush University, the University of Wisconsin, and Concordia College. Dr. Winston also possesses staff privileges at both Aurora St Luke's and Columbia St Mary's Medical Centers. In his spare time, Dr. Winston enjoys spending time with his family and watching and participating in sports such as tennis, basketball, football, and baseball, and running. He also enjoys being a mentor to everyone.

10424 W Bluemound Rd

Milwaukee, WI 53226

Contact Information

(414) 774-1794

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Arise Health Plan
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • CompPsych
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HealthEOS
  • 7 More

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Psychiatric Diseases
very high
more than 94% of peers
Major Depressive Disorder
very high
more than 90% of peers
ADHD and-or ADD
more than 89% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Winston "In relation to his treatment outcomes, Dr. Winston's emphasis is on having a trusting, collaborative relationship with his patients.  His professionalism, yet contagious sense of humor and easy-going style has helped develop long term relationships with many of his patients."


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  • Psychiatry
  • Mental Health

Board Certifications

  • Psychiatry
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*

Conditions Treated

  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Alcoholism (Alcohol Dependence)
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Psychiatric Diseases
  • Psychosis
  • Psychosis Due to Mental Illness
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizophreniform and Schizoaffective Disorder


  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Medication Management
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychotherapy and Psychophysiological Therapy (incl. Biofeedback)

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  • University Of Wisconsin Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1981
  • Sinai Samaritan Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University Of Nc Hosps
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Winston's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Winston to family and friends
based on 28 total reviews (8 with comments)
Dr. Winston's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (8)
in Milwaukee, WI |
Dr. James Winston literally saved my life. He is truly compassionate, caring and easy to share your darkest feelings with. He listens carefully, can truly empathize and brings hope to handle your greatest difficulties. Perhaps most importantly, he is a master with medications and is extremely knowledgeable of all facets of the entire central nervous system, all major organs and the interplay among the mind, body, hormones, psychoactive and non-psychoactive drugs, etc.
Dr. Winston has gone to great lengths to help me and is always there when needed. He is a great doctor and if I have to wait a few minutes because he is running behind, I know it's because he is helping someone else in need. Great doctor and more importantly, human being .
in Milwaukee, WI |
After speaking to a very nice assistant for about 45 minutes, I was getting frustrated. Dr. Winston then came in, introduced himself and got a debrief from the assistant. He didn't have any interest in talking with me - just the assistant, as if to say "I don't care to talk to YOU - that's why I hired this lady..." After about 6-7 minutes and some generic suggestions I had heard many times, he left! 6-7 minutes with him and charged for a whole hour WITH A DOCTOR? What a scam! I felt so dumb.
in Mukwonago, WI |
I have been seeing Dr. Winston for almost eight years now (ages 13-21). He has seen me through my entire adolescence so I can safely say he is fantastic with teens. Dr. Winston has helped me find a combination of medications that have greatly improved my chemical imbalances and maintains those medications today. I would not be here today were it not for Dr. Winston. It's true that you can't schedule urgent appointments with him but you can leave a voicemail for him and he will call you back.
Bakersfield, CA |
When I experienced very difficult/negative side effects while titrating off a med, I called all four of his offices expressing my need was urgent, and got nowhere. Soonest appt was 4 weeks out. Luckily his NP saw me a week before he did, which helped - but when I saw him, he had no idea I'd seen the NP, and when I described my crisis and issues with scheduling, he laughed about how difficult he was to schedule with. He LAUGHED. There were other issues too, but this one the most significant.
in Milwaukee, WI |
Extremely effective and responsive doctor, who is up to date on your needs in this and other areas of medicine: the Renaissance Doctor. Dr. Jim, as he calls himself, is always ready with a word of encouragement, no matter how tough the times are for you and your current life situation. The one critique I would make is that the front desk needs some training in basic manners: We patients are paying their salaries because of our wish to be treated by ABC's professional staff. Phone manner: poor.
Milwaukee, WI |
Jim is an extremely well educated doctor, unusually so during these years of specialists who have looked at my case only from their specialty, or a primary who says alarming or false things, which he has had to correct. He is not, unlike most professionals these days, adverse to finding out his recommendations have not helped (whether scrips, exercise programs, stress reductions, or social life). Responding to phone calls is a must in biz; now that medicine is BIG BIZ, JBW fulfills that edict.
in Milwaukee, WI |
Great communicator, confident, and empowering. He's easy to talk to and is an active listener. He's not all about the media, he's a solid advocate for a steady pace and multifaceted treatment plan. I enjoyed my time with him.
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Dr. Winston accepts 16 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
    Blue Preferred Plus POS
  • Arise Health Plan
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • CompPsych
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • HealthEOS
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
    Preferred PPO
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare
  • WEA Trust
  • WPS Health Insurance

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Hospitals where Dr. Winston has admitting privileges

Aurora Saint Lukes Medical Center
2900 W Oklahoma Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53215
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Columbia St Mary's Hospital Milwaukee
2301 N Lake Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53211
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