Mohammad Alsuwaidan, MD, MPH, FRCPC

Kuwait University - Kuwait

Dr. Mohammad Alsuwaidan is an assistant professor of psychiatry at both
Kuwait University and the University of Toronto, where he is crossappointed to the divisions of Brain Therapeutics and Philosophy,Humanities and Educational Scholarship. He is the Head of Mental Health Unit at Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital – Kuwait’s largest academic general hospital. He is also the Residency Program Director for the Kuwait Board of Psychiatry, Kuwait’s focal point mental health representative to the World Health Organization and in 2016 was elected as the President of the Kuwait Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Alsuwaidan previously served as the Founding Head of the Mood & Anxiety Disorders Unit,    Director of Education and Interim Chief of  Psychiatry at the Kuwait Center for Mental Health – Kuwait’s national  mental health hospital.

Dr. Alsuwaidan completed his psychiatry residency, mood & anxiety disorders fellowship and medical education fellowship at the University of Toronto, Canada. He also trained in mood disorders at the Stanford University bipolar clinic and the Tufts Medical Center mood disorders clinic in the United States. He completed a Masters of Public Health (MPH) at Johns Hopkins University. He is certified in public health (CPH) by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Alsuwaidan is widely-sought internationally as a speaker and educator in mood & anxiety disorders. He has received numerous awards and grants for his work including, most notably, the Association for Academic Psychiatry Fellowship, the Lilly Young Investigator Fellowship in Bipolar Disorder, The University of Toronto Research, Innovation and Scholarship in Education (RISE) grant and the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Leadership Fellowship – considered one of the most prestigious and selective resident fellowships in psychiatry. He has also held leadership positions within the APA. In 2014, a joint Arab-American commission, headed by the National Institutes of Health, selected him as one of 65 young scientists across the Arab World as an awardee to participate and present at the Arab-American Frontiers in Science, Engineering and Medicine Congress. In 2015, he was selected as the “Bipolar Scholar” for the Middle East region by the International Society for Bipolar Disorders and appointed by Kuwait as it’s focal point representative to the World Health Organization for Mental Heath and for Violence. He is a member of the executive committee of the International Society of Affective (Mood) Disorders, a member of the Board of Councilors of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders and a full member of the Canadian Network of Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT) and a coauthor on the CANMAT guidelines. He is an author and co-author on numerous scientific manuscripts, peer-reviewed journal articles and manuals. He also serves as a peer-reviewer for several high impact journals including Academic Psychiatry, The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,
The Journal of Affective Disorders and CNS Spectrums.

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