Professional Qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
- Medical Doctoral (MD), Tehran University of Medical Sciences
- Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK (MRCPsych)
- Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, Imperial College London
- Honorary Visiting Associate, The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
- Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Studies (University of Kent)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Management (Manchester Business School)
- Trained in Cognitive Analytic Therapy
I have experience in diagnosis, treatment and management of functional mental illnesses such as mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, bipolar affective disorder and psychosis; in particular the interaction between physical illnesses and mental health problems. I am also experienced in assessment, diagnosis and management of cognitive disorders and matters relevant to these conditions including capacity assessment. In addition, I have epicene in diagnosis and treatment of Adult ADHD. Last but equally important I have had training and experience in preparation of medico-legal reports.
My medical career started in 1988 when I was awarded a scholarship to study medicine at the age of 17, after ranking 70th in the Nationwide Entrance Exam of Universities in Iran (out of approx. 270,000 candidates). After obtaining the Medical Doctoral (MD), I initially worked as a General Practitioner in Iran. I then joined Doctors without Borders (Médecins sans Frontières) and completed two humanitarian missions in Georgia and Kenya. I trained in psychiatry in the United Kingdom and I completed a higher training program in Old Age Psychiatry and General Adult Psychiatry, accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (CCT in Old Age Psychiatry).
I have been described by my patients and colleagues to be approachable. My background in general practice, psychiatry and psychotherapy enable me to have a holistic approach (also known as biopsychosocial) in assessment and management of my patients. I also benefit from experience of clinical practice in 3 continents and working with patients from wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. My interest in teaching is an excellent incentive to keep my knowledge up to date and in line with the best available evidence; I have access to learning resources from two of best universities in the UK.
Additional information about my research, publications and interests:
I have been working as a Consultant Psychiatrist since 2011. I have experience in overseeing services as in-patient ward (current post), community mental health team, memory service. In addition to psychiatry, I trained and practiced in Cognitive Analytic Therapy between 2008 and 2017. I have special interest in medical education. I am Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College; and I also offer honorary teachings at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (King’s College). I have been involved in different research and quality improvement projects, including production of care pathway for memory service and quality accreditation for inpatient wards by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.