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Zeina N Chemali, M.D.

Other Positions

Best Preventive Elderly Care in Third Millenium
Partners in Excellence
BWPO Community Service Award
Anne B. Young Diversity Scholar Award
2020 - 2021
Anne Klibanski Visiting Scholar Award

Peace in Medicine Initiative

The aim of the initiative is to educate health professionals that Peace is not simply the absence of War. War undermines health systems everywhere. From a public health perspective, it is important to help prevent such conflicts. Applying this approach to war and other forms of violence, academic institutions in particular those with peace study faculties play a major role if not a leading one in conducting the necessary research to make the convincing arguments to the governance bodies.Individual and academic teams trained in prevention of structural violence are invited to establish and advise on violence prevention pre-conflict and peace consolidation strategies post-conflict.

Public Health Projects

1. Prospects of Elderly Care in Lebanon: Towards Stronger and Sustainable Reforms (2003-2005).
2. Lebanese Mental Health Policy, Plans, Programs and Organization of Services
3. Mental Health- Clinics and Educational Programs in Rural Africa
a. JUSH- Jimma-Ethiopia (2007-current) : Building Training Capacity for mid-level mental health professionals. [http://www.ju.edu.et/cphms/node/129]
b. Nelson Mandela University- Kwanzulu Natal-South Africa (Summer, 2007)
4. Mental Health in War Zones: Creating a humanitarian space for most vulnerable groups- The case of refugees, women, children and the elderly (1980- till present)
5. Peace in Medicine Initiative- "War: The most dangerous public health threat" (Ongoing)
6. Alzheimer's Disease Lebanon- Capacity Building Programs- Commissioned by Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs (Summer 2011)
7. Cultural models and beliefs impacting on access to neurology and psychiatry care in Spanish speaking patient populations [Boston-Partners Hospitals; Francisco Marroquin University School of Medicine-Guatemala]
8. Women, War and Peace- " I came to testify"- PBS Series/Wellesley College Invited Conferences-Peace and Justice Studies Program
9. Geriatric Care- Lebanon/Nationwide proposal on Elderly Care in Consultation with Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs, Family Unit, Elder Division (Spring-Summer 2012)
10. Gender Work in Consultation with Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs, Family Unit,Division of Women's Affairs
11. Aging and Retirement - Culture of Change Focus Groups in Consultation with Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs, Family Unit, Elder Division (Summer-Fall 2013)
12.Humanitarian Space and Wellbeing: Effectiveness of Training on a Psychosocial Intervention for host community-refugees interaction (2014-on)- Lebanon, Ministry of Social Affairs, Syrian Project Desk

Global and disparity work [login at prompt]
Available: 12/05/22, Expires: 06/30/23

Multiple global health projects pertaining to advancing brain health in the Middle East and Africa (from clinical care, data analysis, to designing curricula) and disparity work in underprivileged areas in the US are available for medical students to be part of a vibrant team. Please contact Dr. Zeina Chemali for details and to explore the different opportunities that would fit your interest/time/availability best. You can also check with other medical students who joined us in the past few years so they can give you direct feedback on the program.

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  1. Fricchione GL, Paul AB, Chemali Z, Kritzer MD. Case 34-2022: A 57-Year-Old Woman with Covid-19 and Delusions. N Engl J Med. 2022 11 10; 387(19):1795-1803. PMID: 36351271; PMCID: PMC9730912.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  2. Singh SD, Gutierrez-Martinez L, Newhouse A, Sonni A, Chemali Z, Rosand J. Brain health begins with brain care. Lancet Neurol. 2022 11; 21(11):961-962. PMID: 36270304.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  3. Newhouse A, Kritzer MD, Eryilmaz H, Praschan N, Camprodon JA, Fricchione G, Chemali Z. Neurocircuitry Hypothesis and Clinical Experience in Treating Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Postacute Sequelae of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2. J Acad Consult Liaison Psychiatry. 2022 Nov-Dec; 63(6):619-627. PMID: 36030055; PMCID: PMC9404079.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  4. Abdulrahman H, Hijaz BA, Mumin M, Caqli I, Osman J, Gelaye B, Bousleiman S, Fricchione GL, Chemali Z. Reporting on neurological burden in Hargeisa, Somaliland between 2019 and 2020: A cross-sectional study. J Neurol Sci. 2022 09 15; 440:120322. PMID: 35777314.
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  5. Gutierrez-Martinez L, Karten J, Kritzer MD, Josephy-Hernandez S, Kim D, Newhouse A, Pasinski M, Praschan N, Razafsha M, Rubin DB, Sonni A, Fricchione G, Rosand MPHJ, Chemali Z. Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection: A Descriptive Clinical Study. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2022; 34(4):393-405. PMID: 35686346.
    Citations:    Fields:    
  6. Kritzer MD, Buch K, Mukerji SS, Biffi A, Chemali Z. Cases of Neuroinfectious Disease Highlighting Frontotemporal Neurocircuitry in Cognitive and Affective Processing. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2021 Nov 04; 23(6). PMID: 34738354; PMCID: PMC9121741.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Chemali Z, Henderson DC, Fricchione G. Developing a Dual Residency Program in Psychiatry and Neurology in an Area of Regional Conflict: The University of Hargeisa-Massachusetts General Hospital-Boston Medical Center Experience. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2022; 34(1):77-83. PMID: 34711068.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Gifford A, Biffi A, Gelaye B, Chemali Z. Shedding Light on the Causes and Characteristics of Stroke in Lebanon: A Systematic Review of Literature. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2022 09; 35(5):655-662. PMID: 34555937.
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  9. Chemali Z, Biffi A, Buch K, Song KW, Osman H. Neuropsychiatry, Palliative Care, and Culture: What Matters Beyond Diagnosis. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2021 02 24; 23(2). PMID: 34000122.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Praschan N, Josephy-Hernandez S, Kim DD, Kritzer MD, Mukerji S, Newhouse A, Pasinski M, Chemali Z. Implications of COVID-19 sequelae for health-care personnel. Lancet Respir Med. 2021 03; 9(3):230-231. PMID: 33444540; PMCID: PMC7834418.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  11. Razafsha M, Buch KA, Vitolo OV, Chemali ZN. When real life conditions do not follow textbook diagnosis: A diagnostic challenge from a neuropsychiatric clinic. Int J Psychiatry Med. 2021 11; 56(6):459-469. PMID: 33297806.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Perez DL, Biffi A, Camprodon JA, Caplan DN, Chemali Z, Kritzer MD, Moo LR, Newhouse AL, Ramirez-Gomez L, Razafsha M, Tanev KS, Schmahmann JD. Telemedicine in Behavioral Neurology-Neuropsychiatry: Opportunities and Challenges Catalyzed by COVID-19. Cogn Behav Neurol. 2020 09; 33(3):226-229. PMID: 32889955.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  13. Newhouse A, Buch K, Chemali Z. Dementia Unspecified: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2020 Jul 23; 22(4). PMID: 32706944.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Nankinga PN, Maling S, Chemali Z, Wakida EK, Obua C, Okello ES. Informal support for people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in rural Uganda: a qualitative study. Int J Ment Health Syst. 2020; 14:33. PMID: 32411294; PMCID: PMC7206770.
    Citations: 3     
  15. Chemali Z, Ezzeddine F, Tcheroyan R, Acar D . Global Journal of Health Science. A Perspective From the Middle East on the Topic of Concussion. 2020; 16(12). View Publication.
  16. Chemali Z, Shippen N, Nehme R, Borba C. The culture of retirement in Lebanon: Obstacles and opportunities for addressing the transition to public and private sector post-employment life. Journal of Aging and Long-Term Care. 2019; 2(2):79-90. View Publication.
  17. Newhouse A, Chemali Z. Neuroendocrine Disturbances in Neurodegenerative Disorders: A Scoping Review. Psychosomatics. 2020 Mar - Apr; 61(2):105-115. PMID: 31918850.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Chemali Z, Ezzeddine FL, Gelaye B, Dossett ML, Salameh J, Bizri M, Dubale B, Fricchione G. Burnout among healthcare providers in the complex environment of the Middle East: a systematic review. BMC Public Health. 2019 Oct 22; 19(1):1337. PMID: 31640650; PMCID: PMC6805482.
    Citations: 28     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Dubale BW, Friedman LE, Chemali Z, Denninger JW, Mehta DH, Alem A, Fricchione GL, Dossett ML, Gelaye B. Systematic review of burnout among healthcare providers in sub-Saharan Africa. BMC Public Health. 2019 Sep 11; 19(1):1247. PMID: 31510975; PMCID: PMC6737653.
    Citations: 35     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Chemali Z, Nehmé R, Fricchione G. Sensory neurologic disorders: Tinnitus. Handb Clin Neurol. 2019; 165:365-381. PMID: 31727224.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Chemali Z, Smati H, Johnson K, Borba CPC, Fricchione GL. Reflections from the Lebanese field: "First, heal thyself". Confl Health. 2018; 12:8. PMID: 29588655; PMCID: PMC5863819.
    Citations: 1     
  22. Chemali Z, Borba CPC, Johnson K, Khair S, Fricchione GL. Needs assessment with elder Syrian refugees in Lebanon: Implications for services and interventions. Glob Public Health. 2018 09; 13(9):1216-1228. PMID: 28895503.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Chemali Z, Borba CPC, Johnson K, Hock RS, Parnarouskis L, Henderson DC, Fricchione GL. Humanitarian space and well-being: effectiveness of training on a psychosocial intervention for host community-refugee interaction. Med Confl Surviv. 2017 Jun; 33(2):141-161. PMID: 28497699.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  24. Matin N, Young SS, Williams B, LaFrance WC, King JN, Caplan D, Chemali Z, Weilburg JB, Dickerson BC, Perez DL. Neuropsychiatric Associations With Gender, Illness Duration, Work Disability, and Motor Subtype in a U.S. Functional Neurological Disorders Clinic Population. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2017; 29(4):375-382. PMID: 28449634.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Gholipour T, Mitchell S, Sarkis RA, Chemali Z. The clinical and neurobehavioral course of Down syndrome and dementia with or without new-onset epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2017 03; 68:11-16. PMID: 28109983.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Perez DL, Young SS, King JN, Guarino AJ, Dworetzky BA, Flaherty A, Chemali Z, Caplan D, Dickerson BC. Preliminary Predictors of Initial Attendance, Symptom Burden, and Motor Subtype in a US Functional Neurological Disorders Clinic Population. Cogn Behav Neurol. 2016 Dec; 29(4):197-205. PMID: 27984257.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Rosness TA, Engedal K, Chemali Z. Frontotemporal Dementia: An Updated Clinician's Guide. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2016 09; 29(5):271-80. PMID: 27502302.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Bazzi L, Chemali Z. A Conceptual Framework of Displaced Elderly Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Challenges and Opportunities. Glob J Health Sci. 2016 Mar 1; 8(11):54221. PMID: 27241404.
  29. Sarkis RA, Dickerson BC, Cole AJ, Chemali ZN. Clinical and Neurophysiologic Characteristics of Unprovoked Seizures in Patients Diagnosed With Dementia. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2016; 28(1):56-61. PMID: 26404175.
    Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Rosness TA, Strand BH, Engedal K, Chemali Z, Bjertness E. What does height tell us about the risk of dementia? Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015 Jul; 30(7):776-7. PMID: 26058456.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Addisu F, Wondafrash M, Chemali Z, Dejene T, Tesfaye M. Length of stay of psychiatric admissions in a general hospital in Ethiopia: a retrospective study. Int J Ment Health Syst. 2015; 9:13. PMID: 25780386; PMCID: PMC4361196.
    Citations: 12     
  32. Rustad JK, Cho T, Chemali Z, Rost N, Stern TA. The recognition and treatment of rabies: a case report and discussion. Psychosomatics. 2015 Mar-Apr; 56(2):196-201. PMID: 25591495.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  33. Henderson T, Nelson C, Chemali Z. Increasing Women’s Political Participation in Lebanon: Reflections on Hurdles, Opportunities and Hope. Journal of Politics and Law. 2015; 8(4):233-241. View Publication.
  34. Sarkis RA, Nehme R, Chemali ZN. Neuropsychiatric and seizure outcomes in nonparaneoplastic autoimmune limbic encephalitis. Epilepsy Behav. 2014 Oct; 39:21-5. PMID: 25171259.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. Nehme R, Bazzi L, Borba C, Chemali Z. Advances in Aging Research. From crisis to opportunity and back again: Is there a response-shift at the population level regarding geriatric training in Lebanon. 2014; 3(3):109-112. View Publication.
  36. Minen MT, Camprodon J, Nehme R, Chemali Z. The neuropsychiatry of tinnitus: a circuit-based approach to the causes and treatments available. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2014 Oct; 85(10):1138-44. PMID: 24744443.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  37. Rosness TA, Engedal K, Chemali Z. Raising the bar: a comparative analysis of patients with early onset Alzheimer's disease. Int Psychogeriatr. 2014 Dec; 26(12):2103-4. PMID: 24472377.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  38. Imad Melhem and Zeina Chemali. The Massachusetts General Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity in Mental Health. Mental Health of Arab Americans: Cultural Considerations for Excellence of Care. 2014; pp: 3-30. View Publication.
  39. Bazzi L, Borba C, Carney J, Chemali Z. Capacity Building in Alzheimer's disease: Lessons learned from a pilot study in 6 distinct areas in Lebanon. Science Domain- Journal Scientific Research and Reports. 2014; 3(1):185-203.
  40. Chemali ZN, Borba CP, Henderson TE, Tesfaye M. Making strides in women's mental health care delivery in rural Ethiopia: demographics of a female outpatient psychiatric cohort at Jimma University Specialized Hospital (2006-2008). Int J Womens Health. 2013; 5:413-9. PMID: 23901297.
    Citations: 1     
  41. Fremonta Meyer and Zeina Chemali. On education: Teaching the Neurology-Psychiatry interface using a flexible quadrant model US. Clinical Neuropsychiatry. 2013; Epub 1-3. View Publication.
  42. Collier S, Henderson T, Tesfaye M, Abafita J, Tarbi E, Pietras A, Chemali Z. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. Microfinance and Women's Health: An Evaluation of Women's Health Behaviors in Jimma, Ethiopia. 2012. View Publication.
  43. Chemali Z, Schamber S, Tarbi E, Acar D, Avila-Urizar M. Diagnosing early onset dementia and then what? A frustrating system of aftercare resources. Int J Gen Med. 2012; 5:81-6. PMID: 22287850.
    Citations: 2     
  44. La Salvia E, Chemali Z. A perspective on psychosis in late life and deficits in social cognition. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2011 Jul-Aug; 19(4):190-7. PMID: 21790267.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  45. Searl MM, Borgi L, Chemali Z. It is time to talk about people: a human-centered healthcare system. Health Res Policy Syst. 2010 Nov 26; 8:35. PMID: 21110859.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    
  46. Chahine LM, Chemali ZN. Update on mental health care in Lebanon. East Mediterr Health J. 2010 Jul; 16(7):807. PMID: 20799541.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  47. Chahine LM, Acar D, Chemali Z. The elderly safety imperative and antipsychotic usage. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2010 May-Jun; 18(3):158-72. PMID: 20415632.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  48. Chemali Z, Withall A, Daffner KR. The plight of caring for young patients with frontotemporal dementia. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2010 Mar; 25(2):109-15. PMID: 20107238.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  49. Chemali Z, Daffner KR. Management of neuropsychiatric manifestations of neurodegenerative disorders.In: A Clinician's Guide to Neurodegeneration. 2010. View Publication.
  50. Chahine LM, Chemali Z. Mental health care in Lebanon: policy, plans and programmes. East Mediterr Health J. 2009 Nov-Dec; 15(6):1596-612. PMID: 20218153.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  51. Chemali Z, Chahine LM, Fricchione G. The use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in elderly patients. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2009; 17(4):242-53. PMID: 19637073.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  52. Chemali Z, Chahine LM, Sibai AM. Older adult care in Lebanon: towards stronger and sustainable reforms. East Mediterr Health J. 2008 Nov-Dec; 14(6):1466-76. PMID: 19161123.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  53. Chemali Z. Mental Health in War Zones: The Case of the Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon- MPH/IH Thesis. 2008.
  54. Chemali Z, Chahine LM, Naasan G. Journal of Happiness Studies. On Happiness: A minimalist perspective on a complex neural circuitry and its psychosocial constructs. 2008; 4(9):489-501. View Publication.
  55. Hospers AP, Chahine LM, Chemali Z. Health care delivery systems for older adults: how do the Netherlands and Lebanon compare? Soc Sci Med. 2007 Nov; 65(10):1979-85. PMID: 17897760.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  56. Chahine LM, Bijlsma A, Hospers AP, Chemali Z. Dementia and depression among nursing home residents in Lebanon: a pilot study. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2007 Apr; 22(4):283-5. PMID: 16977675.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  57. Chahine LM, Chemali ZN. Restless legs syndrome: a review. CNS Spectr. 2006 Jul; 11(7):511-20. PMID: 16816791.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  58. Chahine LM, Chemali Z. Du rire aux larmes: pathological laughing and crying in patients with traumatic brain injury and treatment with lamotrigine. Epilepsy Behav. 2006 May; 8(3):610-5. PMID: 16504590.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  59. Chahine LM, Chemali ZN. The bane of a silent illness: when Wilson's disease takes its course. Int J Psychiatry Med. 2006; 36(3):333-8. PMID: 17236700.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  60. Chemali ZN. The essentials of neuropsychiatry: teaching residents and fellows the interface between psychiatry and neurology. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2005 Sep-Oct; 13(5):312-5. PMID: 16251169.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  61. Chemali Z, Meadows ME. The use of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing in the treatment of psychogenic seizures. Epilepsy Behav. 2004 Oct; 5(5):784-7. PMID: 15380136.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  62. Chemali Z, Bromfield E. Tourette's syndrome following temporal lobectomy for seizure control. Epilepsy Behav. 2003 Oct; 4(5):564-6. PMID: 14527500.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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