• About Samoon Ahmad, MD

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    Samoon Ahmad, M.D. is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and serves as Unit Chief of Bellevue Medical Center’s Inpatient Unit. He has been affiliated with Bellevue Hospital since 1992, when he joined the NYU Medical Center as a Resident in Psychiatry. He became a member of NYU’s faculty in 1996, and has served as Director of the Division of Continuing Medical Education (CME) during his tenure there. He has also served on various committees including Grand Rounds, CME Advisory, CME Task Force, Educational Steering, Bellevue Collaboration Council and as member of the Bellevue Psychiatry’s Oversight Committee.

     

    Dr. Ahmad supervises and mentors trainees, writes on a broad range of subjects, and lectures nationally and internationally on various topics, with emphasis on the use of antipsychotics, obesity, and metabolic disorders. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; an Associate member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, U.K; and is the President of NYU-Bellevue Psychiatric Society. 

    Dr. Ahmad developed Bellevue's Psychiatry Integrated Systems Conference, based on the morbidity and mortality conference in medicine, to better coordinate services and treatment at the institution. He was recognized for his 25 years of distinguished service at Bellevue and in 2014 was named Bellevue’s Physician of the Year in Psychiatry for his continued pursuit of clinical excellence, leadership, and dedication at the institution.

    Dr. Ahmad specializes in the psychopharmacological treatment of psychotic, mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders, and his research focus has been primarily in metabolic disorders and medical comorbidities in the mentally ill. He was the principal investigator of an inpatient study about the association of psychiatric medications, diet, physical activity, and obesity in the chronically mentally ill. Additional research has focused on understanding the role of faith, religion and resilience in disasters. His documentary, “The Wrath of God: A Faith Based Survival Paradigm,” examined the aftermath of the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, and was awarded “The Frank Ochberg Award for Media and Trauma” by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. 

    Dr. Ahmad is the founder of the Integrative Center for Wellness in New York City. He has consulted for numerous outside state and federal agencies, is a contributing and consulting editor to various textbooks, and lectures on a broad range of topics in general psychiatry.

    He lives in New York City with his wife Kimberly and their son Daniel. Dr. Ahmad enjoys photography, traveling, driving, and collecting and listening to vinyl.

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     Sixth Edition of Kaplan & Sadock’s Pocket Handbook of Clinical Psychiatry, co-authored by Samoon Ahmad, MD now available on Amazon.

    Journal Articles
     

    • Feder, A., Ahmad, S., Lee, E. J., Morgan, J. E., Singh, R., Smith, B. W., Southwick, S. M., Charney, D. S. (2013). Coping and PTSD symptoms in Pakistani earthquake survivors: Purpose in life, religious coping and social support. Journal of Affective Disorders, May 2013, Volume 147, Issue 1-3, Pages 156-163.June 2010, Volume 23, Issue 3, Pages 408-412.

    • Ahmad, S., Feder, A. (2010). Earthquake Impact in a Remote South Asian Population: Psychosocial Factors and Posttraumatic Symptoms. Journal of Traumatic Stress, June 2010, Volume 23, Issue 3, Pages 408-412.

    • Sun, L., Getz, M., Daboul, S., Jay, M., Sherman, S., Aujero N., Rosedale, M., Goetz, R., Weissman, J., Malaspina, D., Ahmad, S.  Independence of Diabetes and Obesity in Adults with Serious Mental Illness: Findings from a Large Urban Public Hospital. Journal of Psychiatric Research, January 2018, Volume 99, Pages 159-166.

    • Joe, P., Getz, M., Redman, S. Petrilli, M., Kranz, T., Malaspina, D., Ahmad, S. Serum Zinc Levels in Acute Psychiatric Patients: A Case Series. Journal of Psychiatry Research, March 2018, Volume 261, Pages 344-350.

    Bibliography

    • On Call Psychiatry, Bernstein, C., Ladds, B., Maloney, A., Weiner, E., W.B. Saunders Co.; First Edition (1997). Contributing Author, Anxiety Disorder, Ahmad, S.

    • Kaplan & Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences/Clinical Psychiatry, Sadock, B., Sadock, V., Lippincot Williams & Wilkins; Ninth Edition (2003). Assistant to the Editor.

    • Kaplan and Sadock's Pocket Handbook of Clinical Psychiatry, Sadock, B., Sadock, V., Lippincot Williams & Wilkins; Fourth Edition (2005). Contributing Editor*.

    • Kaplan & Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences/Clinical Psychiatry, Sadock, B., Sadock, V., Lippincot Williams & Wilkins; Tenth Edition (2007).  Consulting Editor**.

    • Kaplan and Sadock's Concise Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Sadock, B., Sadock, V., Lippincot Williams & Wilkins; First Edition (2008). Contributing Editor*.

    • Kaplan and Sadock's Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry, Sadock, B., Sadock, V., Lippincot Williams & Wilkins; Third Edition (2008). Consulting Editor**.

    • Kaplan and Sadock's Pocket Handbook of Psychiatric Drug Treatment, Sadock, B., Sadock, V., Sussman, N., Lippincot Williams & Wilkins; Fifth Edition (2008). Consulting Editor**.

    • Kaplan and Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, Sadock, B., Sadock, V., Ruiz, P., Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 9th Revised edition (2009).

    • Contributing Author, Anticholinergics and Amantadine, Ahmad, S.

    • Clinical Addiction Psychiatry, Brizer, D., Castaneda, R., Cambridge University Press, First Edition (2010). Contributing Author, Suicide and Substance Abuse, Chapter 4, Pages 37-44, Ahmad, S.

    • Kaplan and Sadock's Pocket Handbook of Clinical Psychiatry, Sadock, B., Sadock, V., Lippincot Williams & Wilkins; Fifth Edition (2010). Contributing Editor*.

    • Kaplan and Sadock's Pocket Handbook of Psychiatric Drug Treatment, Sadock, B., Sadock, V., Sussman, N., Lippincot Williams & Wilkins; Sixth Edition (2013). Consulting Editor**.

    • Kaplan and Sadock's Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry, Sadock, B., Sadock, V., Ruiz, P., Lippincot Williams & Wilkins; Fourth Edition (2017). Contributing Editor* and Consulting Editor**.

    • Kaplan and Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, Sadock, B., Sadock, V., Ruiz, P., Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; Tenth Edition (2017). Contributing Author, Anticholinergics and Amantadine (Volume II, Chapter 34, Section 34.6), Ahmad, S.

     

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