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profileZeina N Chemali, M.D.

TitleAssociate Professor of Psychiatry
InstitutionMassachusetts General Hospital
DepartmentPsychiatry
AddressMassachusetts General Hospital
Psychiatry WACC 815
15 Parkman Street
Boston MA 02114
Phone617/643-6094
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2003Best Preventive Elderly Care in Third Millenium
2008MPH/IH
2009Partners in Excellence
2010BWPO Community Service Award

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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
(2003-current).
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)


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  1. Chemali Z, Fricchione G. The British Journal of Psychiatry. Refugees and Hosts: Tensions and Opportunities. 2015.
  2. 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.
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  3. 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.
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  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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  6. 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.
  7. Sarkis RA, Nehme R, Chemali ZN. Neuropsychiatric and seizure outcomes in nonparaneoplastic autoimmune limbic encephalitis. Epilepsy Behav. 2014 Oct; 39:21-5. PMID: 25171259.
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  8. 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.
  9. 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.
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  10. 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.
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  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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; PMCID: PMC3720572.
  14. Fremonta Meyer and Zeina Chemali. On education: Teaching the Neurology-Psychiatry interface using a flexible quadrant model US. Clinical Neuropsychiatry. 2013; Epub 1-3.
  15. 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.
  16. 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; PMCID: PMC3265995.
  17. 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.
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  18. Searl MM, Borgi L, Chemali Z. It is time to talk about people: a human-centered healthcare system. Health Res Policy Syst. 2010; 8:35. PMID: 21110859; PMCID: PMC3009465.
  19. Chahine LM, Chemali ZN. Update on mental health care in Lebanon. East Mediterr Health J. 2010 Jul; 16(7):807. PMID: 20799541.
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  20. 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.
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  21. 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.
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  22. Chemali Z, Daffner KR. Management of neuropsychiatric manifestations of neurodegenerative disorders.In: A Clinician's Guide to Neurodegeneration. 2010.
  23. 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.
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  24. 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.
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  25. 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.
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  26. Chemali Z. Chahine LM. Clinical Neuropsychiatry. Towards Establishing a Neuropsychiatry Practice in Lebanon. 2008; 2(5):94-99.
  27. Chemali Z. Mental Health in War Zones: The Case of the Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon- MPH/IH Thesis. 2008.
  28. 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.
  29. Chemali Z. Confusion: Examination and Differential Diagnosis In: Just the Facts for Hospital Medicine. 2008.
  30. Chemali Z. ACP Hospitalist. Expert Analysis: Lewy Body Dementia. 2008; (August).
  31. 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.
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  32. 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.
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  33. Chahine LM, Chemali ZN. Restless legs syndrome: a review. CNS Spectr. 2006 Jul; 11(7):511-20. PMID: 16816791.
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  34. 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.
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  35. 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.
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  36. Chemali ZN, Touma DJ. A neuropsychiatrist's perspective on selected dermatoses. CNS Spectr. 2005 Oct; 10(10):784-90. PMID: 16400240.
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  37. 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.
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  38. 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.
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  39. Chemali Z, Bromfield E. Tourette's syndrome following temporal lobectomy for seizure control. Epilepsy Behav. 2003 Oct; 4(5):564-6. PMID: 14527500.
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  40. Chemali Z. Primary Psychiatry. Donezepil and hypersexuality: A review of two cases. 2003; 7(10):78-79.
  41. Fricchione G, Chemali Z. . Neurology and Neurosurgery In: Textbook Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, 2nd Ed. 2002.
  42. Chemali Z. MGH HOTLINE. A focus on Refugees.
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