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Dr.
Samoon Ahmad
MD
Born
NationalityAmerican, Pakistani.”[1]
EducationMD at Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakistan
OccupationPsychiatrist
Years active  25+[2][3]

Dr. Samoon Ahmad is a psychiatrist in New York, NY and Unit Chief at Bellevue Hospital where he received 25 years of distinguished service and Physician of the Year in Psychiatry in 2014.[2][4] He obtained his medical degree in Pakistan and is a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry at NYU Medical Center[5] Ahmad is also an author of a text book[6] and operates a private wellness clinic.[7] Impacted by his experience with re-building efforts after the Kashmir 2005 earthquake, he founded a non-profit disaster relief organization and produced a video on Pakistan’s recovery and political outlook.[8] His research also incorporates Pakistan’s post-trauma challenges.[9][10] Ahmad’s psychopharmacologist expertise[2] led to a video series for Business Insider [11] and interview with The New York Post.[12][13]

Career and research[edit | edit source]

Samoon Ahmad received his medical degree at Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakistan, completed his residency at NYU Medical Center (1992), is a Clinical Associate Professor (Department of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine), and Unit Chief for Bellevue Hospital Center’s Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Unit (one of 14 units/330 bed facility).[5][2][14][15] He has served on NYU’s Grand Rounds, Continuing Medical Education (CME - Advisory, Task Force and Educational Steering committees and Director) and Bellevue’s Collaboration Council and Psychiatry’s Oversight Committees (he also developed Bellevue’s Psychiatry Integrated Systems Conference to lower mortality rates).[2] Ahmad also oversees a private practice (mental and physical wellness) in New York City.[7]

Between 2005-08, Ahmad contributed (editorial) to several Kaplan & Sadock’s text and hand books on psychiatry and psychiatric drug treatment.[16][17][18][19] In 2010, he was contributing author for research into the psychological impact from earthquakes in remote South Asia, which indicated female gender, lower education, proximity to the epicenter and optimism (protective mechanism) affect recovery,[9] and furthered this research in 2013 with research on coping factors (purpose, religion, social) and PTSD symptoms in Pakistani earthquake survivors.[10] The same year, his essay submission for the anthology Clinical Addiction Psychiatry (Cambridge – refer Chap. 4) discussed how mental disorders over-shadow the correlation between suicide with substance abuse.[20] In 2018, Ahmad co-authored Kaplan & Sadock's clinical psychiatry handbook (6th edition)[21][22] and published research into the correlation between lower zinc levels and patients with depression and aggressive behaviors.[23] His research on Type 2 diabetes and obese patients with serious mental illness also appeared in the Journal for Psychiatric Research.[24]

Disaster relief and documentary[edit | edit source]

Ahmad returned to Pakistan after the 2005 Kashmir earthquake to aid in earthquake relief efforts, and returned annually to video the post-trauma affects on children, and interviewed teachers, students, village farmers, lawyers, political activists and government officials for views on suicide bombers, the Taliban (and other extremist groups), Islam, America and the future of Pakistan's children - he also started the non-profit “Disaster Relief for Kids” and compiled the video clips into the film The War on Terror - Pakistan, Now or Never.[1](also refer video 'External links'). In 2007, the film was recognized with the Frank Ochberg Award for Media and Trauma Study (International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies – ISTSS),[25] utilized in presentations[26][27] and basis of current research on earthquake trauma in Pakistan.[9][10]

Media[edit | edit source]

  • In March 2017, Business Insider ran a video series of interviews with Ahmad, who offered psychopharmacologist insight into the impact of Adderall, Ecstasy, Xanax and Marijuana on brain function, and the affects of patient failed SSRI treatments (the series garnered 400,000+ views on the company’s website[30] and 1.5+ million on it’s YouTube site - refer external link references below).

Membership[edit | edit source]

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN)[31]
  • American Psychiatric Association (APA)[32]
  • Board of Advisors, The Health Lab [33]
  • Associate Member of the Royal Collage of Psychiatrists[2]
  • Past Board Member of the Governors of Bellevue Psychiatric Society[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Current Project". Disaster Relief For Kids (Org.). Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Sadock, Benjamin J.; Ahmad, Samoon; Sadock, Virginia A (January 2018). Kaplan & Sadock's Pocket Handbook of Clinical Psychiatry (6th ed.). Retrieved April 8, 2018. (refer Preface acknowledgements & Index/p.615-616 for profile)
  3. "Board of Adviors (Samoon Ahmad)". The Health Lab. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  4. "Physician Directory Bellevue" (PDF). Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Faculty Profile". NYU School of Medicine (Langone Health). Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  6. Sadock, Benjamin J.; Ahmad, Samoon; Sadock, Virginia A (2019). Kaplan & Sadock's Pocket Handbook of Clinical Psychiatry (6th ed.). Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Overview of Company & S. Ahmad". Integrated Center for Wellness. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  8. "Overview of Organization & S. Ahmad Profile". Disaster Relief For Kids (Organization). Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Ahmad, Samoon; et al. (June 1, 2010). "Earthquake impact in a remote South Asian population: psychosocial factors and posttraumatic symptoms". Journal of Traumatic Stress (International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). 23 (June 2010): 408–412. doi:10.1002/jts.20535.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Ahmad, Samoon; Feder, Adriano; et al. (November 27, 2012). "Coping and PTSD symptoms in Pakistani earthquake survivors: purpose in life, religious coping and social support". Journal of Affective Disorders. 147 (May 2013): 156–163. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2012.10.027.
  11. "Video Series". March 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  12. "A manic episode led me to strip naked in Times Square". NY Post. August 6, 2016. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  13. "Model, 21, who danced naked on a ledge in Times Square for an hour, gets his case dismissed conditionally due to psychiatric issues as he begins battle against manic episodes". August 6, 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  14. "Bellevue Hospital Center". Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  15. "More mentally ill patients are checking into hospitals: study". July 26, 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  16. Sadock, Benjamin J.; Sadock, Virginia A; Kaplan, Harold; Ahmad, Samoon (2009). Kaplan & Sadock's Concise Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  17. Sadock, Benjamin J.; Sadock, Virginia A.; Ahmad, Samoon (2008). Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  18. Sadock, Benjamin J.; Sadock, Virginia A.; Cancro, Robert; Sussman, Norman; Ahamd, Samoon (2008). Pocket Handbook of Clinical Psychiatry (3rd ed.). Princeton NJ : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  19. Sadock, Benjamin J.; Sadock, Virginia A.; Cancro, Robert; Sussman, Norman; Ahamd, Samoon (2005). Pocket Handbook of Clinical Psychiatry (4th ed.). Philadelphia PA : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  20. Brizer, David; Castaneda, Ricardo (September 2010). Clinical Addiction Psychiatry (PDF) (1st ed.). Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  21. Sadock, Benjamin J.; Ahmad, Samoon; Sadock, Virginia A (2019). Kaplan & Sadock's Pocket Handbook of Clinical Psychiatry (6th ed.). Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  22. Sadock, Benjamin J.; Ahmad, Samoon; Sadock, Virginia A (January 2018). Kaplan & Sadock's Pocket Handbook of Clinical Psychiatry (6th ed.). Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  23. P, Joe; et al. (January 6, 2018). "Serum zinc levels in acute psychiatric patients: A case series". Psychiatry Research. 261 (March 2018): 344–350. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2017.12.082.
  24. Sun, L; et al. (February 2, 2018). "Independence of diabetes and obesity in adults with serious mental illness: Findings from a large urban public". Journal of Psychiatric Research. 99 (April 2018): 159–166. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2018.01.005. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  25. "ISTSS Announces 2007 Award Winners". International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  26. "Annual General Meeting (International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies)". International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). October 2006. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  27. "Syllabus And Proceedings Summary For The 60th Institute On Psychiatric Services" (PDF). American Psychiatric Association (S. Ahmad Presentation Refer P.131). Institute on Psychiatric Services (Continuing Medical Education. October 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  28. "A manic episode led me to strip naked in Times Square". NY Post. August 6, 2016. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  29. "Model, 21, who danced naked on a ledge in Times Square for an hour, gets his case dismissed conditionally due to psychiatric issues as he begins battle against manic episodes". August 6, 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  30. "Video Series". March 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  31. "Psychiatry Certification". American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.(ABPN). Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  32. "APA Certification". American Psychiatric Association (APA. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  33. "Board of Adviors (Samoon Ahmad)". The Health Lab. Retrieved April 5, 2018.

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