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Omar Elhaj, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
Omar Elhaj, MD was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1971. He graduated from Damascus University School of Medicine, in 1995. Dr. Elhaj completed postgraduate training in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in 2002. He then completed two postgraduate training Fellowships in Addiction Psychiatry in 2003, and in Geriatric Psychiatry in 2004, both at Case University School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland. Dr. Elhaj has also maintained a growing involvement in the NIMH Center for Bipolar Disorders at Case School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland. While functioning as the University of Missouri Chief Resident in the Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Elhaj’s awards of academic excellence accumulated rapidly, including the Research Fellow Award by the STEP-BD Program in 2001, the Excellence Award in Psychotherapy in 2001, the APA Resident Reporter Travel Award in 2002, and the “Resident of The Year Award” in 2002. While in Cleveland, he has more recently received the second prize in the All Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry Poster Competition in March of 2003, the MIRECC Research Travel Award in May of 2003, the NCDEU Young Investigator Award sponsored by NIMH in May of 2004, and in June of 2004 received the Mahmoud A Parsa Research Excellence Award from the Department of Psychiatry at Case School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland. Dr. Elhaj research interests include the phenomenology of and therapeutic interventions for dually diagnosed bipolar disorders and substance use disorders, the interface between the criminal justice and mental health systems, and community outreach.